2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber First Look |
Triumph expands the Bonneville 1200 family with the sharp-looking 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber. Not just a styling exercise, there are functional and performance changes well worth knowing about. Here are the essential facts you need to know.
1. The Bobber gets a torquier version of the Bonneville 1200HT motor. With more torque down low, the Bobber should be an impressive urban assault vehicle, as well as competitive in the canyons.
2. The 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber ergonomics are easily customizable. Built into the Bobber is the ability to personalize the seating position. The solo seat mounting is slotted, so it can be moved “down and back” (cruising) or “up and forward” (sport), in Triumph’s words, to the rider’s taste. In the lowest setting, the height of the aluminum-base seat is just over 27 inches.
3. While the Bobber looks like a hardtail, it is not. Triumph cleverly hides the single shock, so you get the hardtail look without the jarring ride.
4. The Bobber will have a distinctive sound. The intake and exhaust are Bobber-specific, plus it gets its own dual airboxes with twin filters. The exhaust is stainless steel with slash-cut mufflers rather than the longer peashooters.
5. There are many Bobber-only parts. Distinctive parts include the battery box (with stainless steel strap), the fork gaiters, and the twin throttle bodies semi-disguised as carbs. Additionally, the engine covers are brushed, the fuel cap is branded and lockable, the engine badges are bronze, and there are graphite bar risers.
6. It may look authentically retro, but the 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber gets all of the electronic goodies. The ride-by-wire motor has two power modes, ABS, adjustable traction control, and a theft-deterring engine immobilizer key system. There is even an LED taillight. With much of the wiring hidden, the Bobber retains a spare appearance.
7. Avon provides the tires. Made especially for the Bonneville Bobber, there’s a 19-inch Avon Cobra up front, and a 16-inch radial Cobra in the rear. They are, of course, mounted on wire-spoke wheels.
8. There will be plenty of accessories. Fox will be making an upgraded adjustable shock for the Bobber, and Vance & Hines will have different exhaust systems. Plus, Triumph is offering seats in various trims, ape hanger bars (shown in accessorized photo), plus heated grips, different mirrors (the stock ones look cool, though), and cruise control as options.
9. There are four color choices: Ironstone (matte), Morello Red, Competition Green and Frozen Silver, and Jet Black.
10. The MSRP of the 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber has not yet been announced. We will let you know when it is.
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