Life with Triumph’s Bobber is brilliant
The retro Triumph’s here and Liam’s finding it just the ticket…
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’