BEAUTY OF THE BEAST

The new mo­tor­cy­cle from Tri­umph rears

India Today - - CONTENTS - By MERAJ SHAH

Un­like pro­po­nents of the min­i­mal­ist genre that its aes­thetic squarely fits in, the beauty of the Tri­umph Bon­neville Bob­ber is hardly rel­a­tive—this is a mo­tor­cy­cle that’s been en­gi­neered to look (and sound) ab­so­lutely rav­ish­ing. The new 1200 cc par­al­lel twin en­gine—re­tuned on the Bob­ber for more power and torque—is silky and bru­tal all at the same time, while sound­ing as raspy as you’d hope it would.

But there’s a di­chotomy at work here: just like a new pair of den­ims, it’s too new; too per­fect. A cus­tom with a fac­tory-level fin­ish; too blem­ish-free as it were. And therein lies the para­dox: Bob­bers—bare­bones mo­tor­cy­cles stripped off all ex­pend­able bits—are, by def­i­ni­tion, old bikes that are re-built for speed (and tonnes of at­ti­tude) by gear­heads in garages. There are a few uni­ver­sally ac­cepted de­sign cues to be sure, and the Bon­nie Bob­ber ticks all the boxes, ex­cept the lived-in look. In this case the only mo­tor­cy­cle that will look bet­ter than the Bob­ber is a Bob­ber that’s seen some life, a bit of wear, a fade of paint, and em­bel­lished with lit­tle per­sonal thinga­ma­jigs which rid­ers will put on it. That ac­quired per­son­al­ity, a slightly rough-around-the-edges char­ac­ter, scars et al, is when it’ll look per­fectly im­per­fect.

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