TRI­UMPH BOB­BER GETS BON­NIE GRUNT

Ex­treme fac­tory-made cus­tom is now just months away from go­ing on sale

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Andy Downes

Tri­umph’s rad­i­cal new bob­ber has been spied un­der­go­ing fi­nal shake­down tests ahead of a world­wide re­veal at the end of this year.

This is the se­cond time this bike has been spied test­ing on the road but, un­like last time in the sum­mer of 2015, it ap­pears now to be in al­most com­pletely fin­ished form ex­cept for a miss­ing front mud­guard. It all lends fur­ther weight to the next stage in the de­vel­op­ment of the Bon­neville range.

We ex­pect this bike to be of­fi­cially re­vealed later this year at ei­ther the Mi­lan or Cologne mo­tor­cy­cle shows in late Au­tumn be­fore go­ing on sale as a 2017 model.

This new fac­tory-built bob­ber is an off­shoot of the al l- new Bon­neville fam­ily, and comes at a time when mod­ern-clas­sic bikes are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar – while they have long been a key part of Tri­umph’s suc­cess both in the UK and over­seas.

Tri­umph have in­vested five years of work and mil­lions of pounds into the com­plete re-en­gi­neer­ing of the Bon­neville range, which uses a new fam­ily of wa­ter-cooled en­gines. The range has five mod­els start­ing with the en­try-level Street Twin, which fea­tures a 900cc par­al­lel-twin mo­tor, be­fore mov­ing up to four other mod­els that use the a new 1200cc ver­sion of the en­gine in ei­ther ‘high torque’ or ‘high power’ vari­ants. The four 1200s com­prise stan­dard and R ver­sions of the Thrux­ton, a new T120 Bon­neville, and a T120 Black. The bob­ber cap­tured here ap­pears to use the T120 en­gine op­tion rather than the Thrux­ton en­gine op­tion.

There are fur­ther miss­ing vari­ants of the new Bon­neville, whose fu­tures are as yet un­con­firmed by Tri­umph. New ver­sions of the Amer­ica and Speed­mas­ter cruis­ers are sure to fol­low – most likely us­ing the 900cc en­gine, and there has been no con­fir­ma­tion of a re­place­ment for the age­ing Scram­bler model, which falls foul of Euro4 in its cur­rent guise. All im­por­tant mod­els in the range, but any new ver­sions are ex­pected to be around an­other year away from ar­rival.

‘We ex­pect this bike to re­vealed later this year as a 2017 model’

Spy shots show the bob­ber’s nearly com­plete

Tri­umph’s Bon­nie-based bob­ber could give Har­ley’s Street Bob a run for its money

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.