Life with Tri­umph’s Bob­ber is bril­liant

The retro Tri­umph’s here and Liam’s find­ing it just the ticket…

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - liam.mars­den@mo­tor­cy­cle­

The first two weeks with my long-term Bob­ber have gone in­cred­i­bly fast and the odome­ter is al­ready read­ing over 1300, so the Tri­umph is well on its way to reach­ing the #ride5000miles goal. Within this rel­a­tively short space of time, I’ve been able to draw some ini­tial ob­ser­va­tions…

Ob­ser­va­tion one: it’s beau­ti­ful. I think the Bob­ber is by far the best­look­ing bike on MCN’S 2017 fleet, and when you con­sider the line-up also con­tains the stun­ning new BMW R ninet Racer and M1-like Yamaha R6 that’s no mean feat. Passers-by think it’s gor­geous and it got so much at­ten­tion at the re­cent MCN Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­cy­cling that it al­most war­ranted its own stand. I even had an au­di­ence when I was leav­ing at the end of the day.

Ob­ser­va­tion two: It’s sur­pris­ingly comfy. De­spite the Bob­ber hav­ing what look like oddly po­si­tioned mi­dlevel pegs it’s sur­pris­ingly comfy over long dis­tances. Your back­side slides

into the bucket-like seat, and the bar po­si­tion feels nat­u­ral. Al­though, af­ter see­ing pic­tures of me rid­ing it, it’s def­i­nitely not do­ing my lanky pos­ture any good.

Ob­ser­va­tion three: The tank is too small. Granted the Bob­ber is any­thing but a tour­ing ma­chine, but a 9.1-litre tank is a lit­tle silly. Tri­umph claim 69mpg, which would equal a tank range of 138 miles. That doesn’t sound too bad, but over the first 11 fill ups (I for­got to record a cou­ple) I’ve av­er­aged 55mpg, with my long­est ride be­tween top-ups be­ing a pal­try 102.2 miles. The best mpg has been 61, while the low­est has been 49 – it all de­pends how I am rid­ing.

Ob­ser­va­tion four: The en­gine is a peach. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing a great deal from the en­gine, to be hon­est. I just ex­pected it to be a fairly stan­dard par­al­lel twin, but it de­liv­ers the power and torque in a huge gob­full that makes blast­ing away from traf­fic lights and out of 30mph lim­its in­cred­i­bly fun. The Tri­umph sounds great too, even with the stan­dard ex­hausts.

While we’re un­doubt­edly still in the hon­ey­moon stage I’m re­ally en­joy­ing the Bob­ber. It makes a great bike for the short ride to work and slightly longer ride to my girl­friend’s al­though it can be­come tire­some on longer jour­neys. Now all I need to do is make it my own. And get some more stylish rid­ing gear.

‘The Bob­ber is no tour­ing ma­chine, but a 9.1-litre tank is a lit­tle silly’

The par­al­lel twin’s ex­haust note booms off those stone walls a treat

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