British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph is set to bring a new addition for its Bonneville family, the Bobber. It is scheduled to launch in India on 29th March, and is expected to carry a price tag of about Rs 12-14 lakh. The new motorcycle is basically a Bobber version of the Bonneville T120. It has been called Bonneville Bobber and is definitely an exquisite sight to behold. Bobbers date back to the 1930s, when motorcycle manufacturers in America decided to make their bikes lighter, by removing the front fender and shortening the rear, in order to enhance performance. The Bonneville Bobber too is one such 'bob job'.
The Bonneville Bobber lives up to the 'minimalistic' styling expected from a bob job. The Bonneville T120 was stripped down to create the Bobber, which carries highlights like a low stance and single seat, minimal bodywork and headlight, sculpted tank, wire spoked wheels and with wide rear tyre.
Another feature worth a second look is the battery box, which looks as classic as it can with a stainless steel strap. The motorcycle comes with disc brake at the back, but to give it a classic appeal, Triumph have given it a unique 'drum brake' inspired hub. The blackened bar end rear view mirrors are also worth a mention. The Bobber, however, is not just a retro poser.
Engine and performance
The Bonneville Bobber is powered by a high-torque 1200cc engine from the Bonneville T120, and has been further tuned for more torque and power low down. It has also been fitted with a twin slash cut peashooter exhausts, twin airbox and filters. It packs 80hp of peak power and 105 Nm of peak torque.
Although classic on the outside, the Bobber is in tune with today's technologies. It has been equipped with a ride by wire throttle, torque assist clutch and has two riding modes – road and rain. The motorcycle is liquid cooled. The Bobber also has switchable traction control that optimises delivery of torque. And for the motorcycle's safety, it is equipped with an engine immobiliser.
The riding position on the Bobber is adjustable to best suit the size and requirements of the rider. Triumph says that the Bobber has an extended service inteval of 16000 km, which should relax the cost of maintenance.
The Bobber has been designed to allow customisations. There are a total of 150 accessories to choose from. Heated grips, cruise control kit, swing arm bag and ribbed or quilted seat are all optional extras.
It is priced at GBP 10,500 or around Rs 8.6 lakh in the UK. When launched in India, expect a bigger price tag of about Rs 12-14 lakh.