Triumph is currently on tour through the U.S. and Canada for their new Bonneville Bobber and we were able to attend this exclusive event in Toronto on Wednesday.
Taking place at The Phoenix Concert Theatre, the new Bobber was unveiled alongside two other models including the Bonneville Street Scrambler and the new Street Triple RS, making this the first RS debut in Canada. Initially, the Bobber was nowhere to be seen but Triumph did place various models on display around the venue and attendees had a chance to sit on them and get real close.
The venue was of a good size with various pop-up stalls around the perimeter of the room, unfortunately the combination of dim lighting, generous use of a smoke machine and flash photography made for some potato quality pictures so bear with me.
In one corner was Fast Times publication’s booth with free copies of their latest issue and along the same side was the standard motorcycle paraphernalia stall. Near the back wall was a hair trimming station for men complete with red chairs and a dapper barber with donations going to the Not For Sale campaign. There was even a tattoo area beside a table of motorcycle helmets.
Of course we can’t forget about the complementary food consisting of some amazing tacos, quesadillas and the all-important Canadian poutine.
Unveiled after the Bonneville Street Scrambler and Street Triple RS, a Morello Red and an Ironstone Bobber were ridden in from either side of the main stage. No burnouts were performed but there was plenty of revving to be had and the recorded sound does not do the exhaust note justice.
They were later moved to areas with better lighting and not caught on video was the Bobber’s horn. Slightly reminiscent of what you’d hear from a taxi, serviceable but not the best.
Attendees had a chance to sit on both bobbers to get a feel of the ergonomics and let me tell you, the seat is pretty low to the ground. Everyone who took a crack at it was able to flat foot on the Bobber including all 5 foot 6 inches of me and someone who was around a foot shorter.
Don’t let that deter you taller riders, because the foot pegs are located forward enough to give you a natural seating position and the adjustable seat wasn’t even slid as far back as it could go. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to adjust that seat in the amount of time I had with the Bobber, thus the forward seating position with around a 90 degree bend at the knees if not more.
For something with a dry weight of 228kg, the Bobber felt surprisingly light and the clutch lever required little effort to pull in. Overall, the Triumph Bobber is a beautiful piece of machinery and I can see why around half of those allocated to Canada has already been spoken for.