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1 Ef­fort­less control

The frame, ‘swing­ing cage’ swingarm, fork and brak­ing hard­ware are all car­ried over from the Bob­ber. This means the new model should han­dle with equal com­po­sure to the sporty Bob­ber.

2 Frontal fid­dling

The big­gest change – beyond the graft­ing on of a rear sub­frame – is the re­worked front- end. Gone is the 19in 100/90-shod front wheel, re­placed with a 16in rim wear­ing a fat new ver­sion of the Avon Co­bra fit­ted to the Bob­ber, likely to be a 130/80 16. The bike’s in­creased mass and pay­load ca­pa­bil­ity (lug­gage and pil­lion) has also re­sulted in dou­bling the brak­ing power with a twindiscs and Brembo (rather than Nissin) caliper set- up.

3 The per­sonal touch

The mini-ape­hang­ers are an ex­ist­ing op­tion, but pre­sum­ably stan­dard fit­ment on this new model – fit­ted here with un­der­slung barend mir­rors. This bike also boasts Vance & Hines si­lencers.

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