The Retro Styled Rocket Machine – Triumph Bonneville Bobber

I’m a die-hard superbike nut and yet this retro styled biked appealed to me. The two tone colour finish, the twin silencers and the low profile of the bike too me back in time of my early teens, where I would watch Hollywood bad boys riding such machines on the big screen. This was going to be my low rider for the next few days and I was already excited about the weekend ahead.

Truimph Bobber

Triumph has ensured that the hard-tail lookalike carries genuine custom presence and one-off appeal, without the ownership aggravations of living with an unreliable classic. And for a bike that takes heed from the 1940s, there’s an extensive electronics suite garnishing the Bobber. Switchable traction control and two rider modes (rain and road) function alongside Triumph’s latest ride-by-wire trickery. There’s also a slippery clutch and an array of optional extras.

The standout feature of the Bobber was its exceptional soundtrack. In a world of attenuated noise – mainly owing to emission laws, the Bobber brags a comfortingly booming, deep and husky bark ensuring it’s the Dot Cotton of the custom scene and goes a long way to flattering those straight-thru lookalike exhausts.

It doesn’t take too long to fathom how this motor functions. The (parallel) power plant is your archetypal old-school v-twin, rich in torque, fairly lethargic to spin internally, yet hard-hitting in the midrange when everything aligns. The T120 lump features the same internals, with a dedicated map and new air box to furnish the Bobber with an enhanced bottom-end, and Triumph has artificially engineered the sweet spot between 3,000rpm and 5,000rpm where it palpably prefers to party. Its headline figure of 77bhp means bugger-all: revs and meaningful impetus subside way before the redline, and you’ll soon figure out the spontaneous parameter for chucking gears at it.

The only dynamic issue I have had with the Bob is its brakes. A single disc set-up doesn’t provide enough stopping power during committed stints in the saddle and there’s always an inherent urge to apply rear brake as a back-up. And don’t be ordering a Bobber if you have an allergy to fuel stations: Triumph claimed a full tank range of about 180 Km. However, the Bobber’s compact 9.1 litre fuel tank could only supply with roughly 98Km before a refill.

Truimph Bobber

Overall, the bike was super easy to handle despite its weight. I feel in love with the clutch which was nice and smooth which made traffic navigation easy. And the handle bar and the seat are perfect for long distances.

Price: 9.56 Lacs

My Take
For the price point, it’s a great deal and if you love the classic heritage. Just go and get one from the nearest dealership.

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