Since the release of the original bobber last year I wanted a ride, however, life got in the way and I never managed to get around to it. This year with the new black being released I had to change that. I’m not a massive fan of chrome, so for me, the Black version is perfect. Its matte black, stealthy appearance is more my style, and everybody knows that anything matte black is cool, think Stealth bomber and you get the picture.
Sharing the same engine as the Thruxton R (another Triumph I’m a massive fan of, my thoughts here: – Thruxton R review ) but with a distinct change in looks and riding position to the Thruxton. At first, I was apprehensive, I’d never rode an ass back and feet forward bike so the position felt unnatural at first, but it quickly became comfortable, more so than sportbike riding position, it just felt right, straight from the off. The seat feels like a sofa at home, and even better, it’s adjustable so you can find the perfect comfort spot, a very clever addition. The handlebars are in the perfect position for me, not too much of a stretch, but also elbows are not too bent either, you’re not pitched heavily over the tank, and the bars themselves have a perfect length so that you can still actually turn. The mirrors on the end of the bars are a nice feature, big enough to see what you have just overtaken, but not too big to look odd or out of place.
I mentioned the Bobber Black shares the same engine as the Thruxton R. Triumph has been making twin “T” engines since the dawn of time, so they know a few things about it and how to get the best out of it, but each evolution gets better and better. The engine is slightly detuned from the Thruxton, however, it still feels just as pokey. The T120 HT (High Torque) engine makes 76Hp. First thoughts are that isn’t a lot, but it’s definitely as much as is needed, plus the bobber gets a unique tune from the T120, giving more torque further down the rev range compared to the standard T120 in the Bonneville. The soundtrack through the matt black, slash cut cans is grunty, a welcome relief from the wail of 4 cylinder sports bikes I’m used to, and if you are feeling particularly rebellious then there is a Vance and Hines aftermarket kit. A lovely induction bark happens every time you crank the throttle open, which becomes very addictive. The grunt made overtaking easy and carving through both rural and urban a doddle.
Now you’ve seen the videos of custom and bobber style bikes when being used properly in the corners grounding out. Despite the fact that I’m no Marc Marquez, I do enjoy some nice corners, and I had no issues with ground clearance. If you were riding really hard then there is always the possibility, but no matter what you ride this is an issue.
The seat is comfy, and soaks up road bumps, as does the suspension, and whilst the suspension feels firm, it’s pleasantly firm, and by this I mean I didn’t want it any softer.
Whilst still retaining the old school cool looks from the outside the Bobber Black is high tech. Featuring abs, electronic throttle and cruise control to name a few features, all of them handy. The cruise control is a godsend and works with a simple press of the button. Press the button and it will hold that speed, press the button again, or touch the brakes and the system disengages. Clever.
The speedo is an analogue gauge with a digital panel inside, the digital panel giving a raft of information including range, trip, instantiations MPG and a digital rev counter which I liked a lot, a tidy and well executed modern twist.
The eagle-eyed among you will notice that the bobber is only a single seater, so if a bobber with a seat is what you are after Triumph also make the Speedmaster, more of a touring bobber. Equipped with a larger fuel tank, and also a pillion seat and is priced at the same price as the Bobber Black at £11,650 (Plus and extra £125 for matt paint) if i was in the market for a second bike, I genuinely think this would be it.