Tri­umph Bob­ber

Barns­ley-based cus­toms shop Down & Out cre­ate nitrous beast in just three weeks

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It didn’t take long for the chaps at Down & Out to work their magic on the new Tri­umph Bob­ber. Un­veiled at the re­cent EICMA show in Milan, they had just three weeks to build this nitrous-equipped beast.

So how did they turn it round so quickly? D&O boss Shaun Walker agrees the build was a chal­lenge, say­ing: “Mak­ing a bike in three weeks is al­ways go­ing to be a hard, es­pe­cially to have it fully work­ing. But Tri­umph are al­ways re­ally help­ful, and we knew what they wanted.”

Chal­lenges in­cluded get­ting to grips with the in­ter­nally routed wiring. “Some of it is dif­fer­ent to the Thrux­ton and the Bon­neville and fig­ur­ing out which wires were go­ing where was dif­fi­cult,” said Walker. “It took ages to get them all in the right or­der.” Work­ing on Tri­umph elec­tron­ics is no­to­ri­ously tricky any­way, and the rea­son that many will avoid re­plac­ing the clocks. Though they strug­gled with it, the speedo was re­placed with a Mo­to­gad­get Chrono Clas­sic of­fer­ing to give it that Smiths look. Another of the seem­ingly end­less chal­lenges was get­ting the over­all look right. For nearly half of the build the tank was ab­sent while it was away be­ing painted, which made it harder to vi­su­alise the end re­sult.

Help­ing give the bike an even meaner look are the low-slung Fastec clip-ons, which re­place the stan­dard bars. The 1200cc twin’s sound­track is beefed up by tak­ing five inches off the length of the ex­haust pipes, and this torquey temptress is fur­ther helped along with the ad­di­tion of nitrous ox­ide, with two can­is­ters mounted on each side of the swingarm. This beauty has both show and go.

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