Tri­umph Bon­neville Bobber

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1200cc | 228kg | 76bhp | 690mm Cash price £10,500 De­posit £2406.65 Mileage 5000pa Rate 9.9% APR Op­tional fi­nal pay­ment £6227

Styled to mimic pared-to-the-bone 1940s-style cus­tom bob­bers, the new Bobber re­ally looks the part with its sin­gle seat, cut-down front mud­guard, flat bars and hard­tail-style rear end. There’s a riot of classy de­tail touches ev­ery­where you look, from the ad­justable float­ing seat pan and clocks, to the bat­tery box, rear mud­guard loop and hand-painted coach­lines on the green and sil­ver ver­sion.

But the Bobber ac­tu­ally goes, cor­ners and steers like a sweet-han­dling road­ster.

It’s hard not to be in a con­stant state of dis­be­lief that some­thing that looks like this per­forms so well.

The slip-as­sist clutch is light and ac­cu­rate, the throt­tle re­sponse flaw­less and the gears slip ef­fort­lessly through the six-speed box.

The Bobber has a new tubu­lar steel cra­dle frame, be­spoke KYB sus­pen­sion and, al­though the mo­tor is the same 1200cc par­al­lel twin-cylin­der High Torque mo­tor lifted from the Bon­neville T120 (with its 10,000-mile ser­vice in­ter­vals), it makes 10% more power and torque at 4500pm.

It may look un­bal­anced, but it feels short and squat, steers lightly and carves through cor­ners and over bumps with the poise of a Thrux­ton R. Truly im­pres­sive.

Large sin­gle clock is even tilt-ad­justable

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