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Hello all,
I've been lurking on the forum and reading along for a while and I'm getting close to buying a Bobber.

Just wondering, should I buy a 2017 (new or used) and save some money or should I get a 2018? What are the pros and cons? I want the Jet Black original (not the BB)

Will Triumph have addressed any of those little issues from the first year's bikes (gas gauge issues, incorrect readings on instruments, corrosion starting on engine sides, ECU refresh needed, key in and out issue)?

Or maybe the issues I read about were very rare and most people had no issues at all.

What would you do? 2017 or 2018. Were there any changes or updates (excluding the red colour option and the BB model)?

Thanks,
AL
 

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Hello all,
I've been lurking on the forum and reading along for a while and I'm getting close to buying a Bobber.

Just wondering, should I buy a 2017 (new or used) and save some money or should I get a 2018? What are the pros and cons? I want the Jet Black original (not the BB)

Will Triumph have addressed any of those little issues from the first year's bikes (gas gauge issues, incorrect readings on instruments, corrosion starting on engine sides, ECU refresh needed, key in and out issue)?

Or maybe the issues I read about were very rare and most people had no issues at all.

What would you do? 2017 or 2018. Were there any changes or updates (excluding the red colour option and the BB model)?

Thanks,
AL
Good choice of bike!
I am not sure what mechanical differences, if any, exist between 2017 and 2018, other than maybe a color or two.
I would have bought used if they were on the market when I bought.....but I couldn't wait.
I have started to see some pop up on Craigslist and the like, and with less than 1000 miles on them, a few grand to 5 grand off the new showroom price.
I don't think that any of the items you mention are either actual problems (gas gauge), or a very rare. Corrosion items won't be addressed, up to us to keep our bikes clean.
 

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Hello all,
I've been lurking on the forum and reading along for a while and I'm getting close to buying a Bobber.

Just wondering, should I buy a 2017 (new or used) and save some money or should I get a 2018? What are the pros and cons? I want the Jet Black original (not the BB)

Will Triumph have addressed any of those little issues from the first year's bikes (gas gauge issues, incorrect readings on instruments, corrosion starting on engine sides, ECU refresh needed, key in and out issue)?

Or maybe the issues I read about were very rare and most people had no issues at all.

What would you do? 2017 or 2018. Were there any changes or updates (excluding the red colour option and the BB model)?

Thanks,
AL
As the previous poster stated, the 2017 and 2018 are identical besides additional color option. As for the issues, I have not experienced the issues you listed.
 

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Hi Al, I know you've mentioned that your not interested in the bb but twin disc's would be a big attraction to me. Shame they haven't put it across the 2018 range.
 

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My Cranberry Red/Frozen Silver bobber is a 2018 model, purchased in August 2017.
While I do have the slightly quirky tank range indicator, it's not as quirky as some have experienced here.
And I have experienced none of the other issues that others have, i.e. key in out, motor cut-out, rough running in slow traffic, etc.

As the previous poster stated, the 2017 and 2018 are identical besides additional color option. As for the issues, I have not experienced the issues you listed.
I asked my dealer recently about any updates and he stated that "numerous changes/updates" have been undertaken on the 2018 models, including mine. He couldn't say if all issues would be addressed when updating a 2017 bobbers software, so there are indeed differences between the two; not just the colour.

My 2018 bike runs much better and smoother in slower town traffic btw, than the dealers 2017 test model, which has only 2700km on the clock.
Mine has 4500km.

Hope this helps.

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Hi Al, I know you've mentioned that your not interested in the bb but twin disc's would be a big attraction to me. Shame they haven't put it across the 2018 range.
Yeah I agree, twin rotors would be nice, but I like the look of the original with all the shiny metal parts of the engine. Plus it's cheaper so I can add the cruise control.
 

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My Cranberry Red/Frozen Silver bobber is a 2018 model, purchased in August 2017.
While I do have the slightly quirky tank range indicator, it's not as quirky as some have experienced here.
And I have experienced none of the other issues that others have, i.e. key in out, motor cut-out, rough running in slow traffic, etc.



I asked my dealer recently about any updates and he stated that "numerous changes/updates" have been undertaken on the 2018 models, including mine. He couldn't say if all issues would be addressed when updating a 2017 bobbers software, so there are indeed differences between the two; not just the colour.

My 2018 bike runs much better and smoother in slower town traffic btw, than the dealers 2017 test model, which has only 2700km on the clock.
Mine has 4500km.

Hope this helps.

mike
That helps a lot Mike, it's hard to resist getting a brand new bike, but some times that first year model has a few little quirks that need to be worked out and the second year hopefully addresses most of them.... at least that's what I'm hoping.

The trouble is, I've seen barely used 2017's for sale for roughly $3000 less than a new 2017. It's hard to decide, because price is a factor for me.
 

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That helps a lot Mike, it's hard to resist getting a brand new bike, but some times that first year model has a few little quirks that need to be worked out and the second year hopefully addresses most of them.... at least that's what I'm hoping.

The trouble is, I've seen barely used 2017's for sale for roughly $3000 less than a new 2017. It's hard to decide, because price is a factor for me.
I understand mate. Price should always be a factor.
However, I have to say that, in 40 years of riding motorcycles, I've owned 27 bikes of which only a few were actually brand new. My Bobber is my 6th Triumph but the first new one!

It's just my opinion now, but there is something very special to me to own a bike that no-one has ever owned before. I rode my bobber away from the dealer with 0 km on the clock; the mech just rode it around the big yard next to the workshop to check the brakes etc.!
Since I've had it, apart from the mech, I've been the only rider.

But now I'm leading you on, sorry!:wink2: At the end of the day, your insincts will tell you what's right.
Let us know how you decide okay, and if there's anything else we can help you with, just yell :grin2:

Cheers!
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I’ve been undecided on which Bobber to buy also, whether we like it or not the reviews of the new Black Edition seems to make it the better bike in the Bobber range.
So do I push the Budget and buy a Black edition or but a standard one 2017/2018 bike new or .... do I buy secondhand. There is already some nearly new Bobbers on the market, many with the modifications I like (exhausts,short rear mud guards,side number plates etc) which leaves me money to buy the fashionable clothing to match.

I have seen many modifications on the standard Bobber making it look like the Black edition which must have cost a packet $$$ £££
 

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I understand mate. Price should always be a factor.
However, I have to say that, in 40 years of riding motorcycles, I've owned 27 bikes of which only a few were actually brand new. My Bobber is my 6th Triumph but the first new one!

It's just my opinion now, but there is something very special to me to own a bike that no-one has ever owned before. I rode my bobber away from the dealer with 0 km on the clock; the mech just rode it around the big yard next to the workshop to check the brakes etc.!
Since I've had it, apart from the mech, I've been the only rider.

But now I'm leading you on, sorry!:wink2: At the end of the day, your insincts will tell you what's right.
Let us know how you decide okay, and if there's anything else we can help you with, just yell :grin2:

Cheers!
mike
I've been thinking about that Mike...I've never owned a brand new bike or car, I was thinking that the Bobber might be my first. I was even hoping that I could go to the dealership the day they uncrate it and help or at least watch it being revealed and then ride it home.
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I've been thinking about that Mike...I've never owned a brand new bike or car, I was thinking that the Bobber might be my first. I was even hoping that I could go to the dealership the day they uncrate it and help or at least watch it being revealed and then ride it home.
AL
That's exactly what I did! She was already almost unpacked and I did the rest, all the plastic stuff, stickers etc.
I'd never done that before, 'twas a bonding experience to say the least.
I then rode her home on the same day that she was delivered, on trade-plates of course, and registered her 3 days later.
I asked my dealer and his personnel if I could do that and they obliged. I've known them pretty well since 2003.

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Hello all,
I've been lurking on the forum and reading along for a while and I'm getting close to buying a Bobber.

Just wondering, should I buy a 2017 (new or used) and save some money or should I get a 2018? What are the pros and cons? I want the Jet Black original (not the BB)

Will Triumph have addressed any of those little issues from the first year's bikes (gas gauge issues, incorrect readings on instruments, corrosion starting on engine sides, ECU refresh needed, key in and out issue)?

Or maybe the issues I read about were very rare and most people had no issues at all.

What would you do? 2017 or 2018. Were there any changes or updates (excluding the red colour option and the BB model)?

Thanks,
AL
don't forget the tires leak a lot of air for some of us. 1/2 lb a day for me... Dealers shrug their shoulders. Won't even report the problem to Triumph.
I do love my bike though.. 2017.
2018 has
smaller front tire, double the brakes, beefier front suspension.. 2018 is a lot different on paper.

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don't forget the tires leak a lot of air for some of us. 1/2 lb a day for me... Dealers shrug their shoulders. Won't even report the problem to Triumph.
I do love my bike though.. 2017.
2018 has
smaller front tire, double the brakes, beefier front suspension.. 2018 is a lot different on paper.

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The 2018 you are refering to is a new Bobber model. You can still get the 2018 in the same fashion as ours (2017).
 

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Buy what you want, 20 people give 20 different views on every bike, test ride both (get at least an hour or 2 out of the dealer) and try all road types then pick to one you think you will best live with. Me? well although i swear I'd kill for twin front disks, every time i'm out i cope with the single one, rear is actually quite vicous at times, just got to get out of thr 95% front 5% rear braking habit and move to a 70/30 and all is good.

The litmus test is after 6 months, 'Would you buy another or go looking?'

I have been changing bikes every 2 years for the past 10, this might actually be a keeper!
 
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