Is the Bob­ber style over sub­stance?

Tri­umph’s stripped-back head-turner at­tempts to de­liver day in and day out

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - liam.mars­den@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

‘Af­ter just two weeks, the brake discs started to turn or­ange at the edges’

I ride ev­ery­day no mat­ter the weather. Bikes are my main form of trans­port and they need to be able to keep up with the rigours of com­mut­ing ev­ery day in un­pre­dictable Bri­tish weather. Take one look at the Bob­ber, and as beau­ti­ful as it is, it doesn’t look like a bike built for com­mut­ing or prac­ti­cal­ity.

When the weather’s good the Bob­ber is a great bike to ride. Vented jacket, short gloves, short boots. Per­fect, but this is Bri­tain and good weather is never guar­an­teed. This is where the Bob­ber falls down. Like all other stripped-back cruis­ers it’s just not a fun bike to ride in the cold or wet. The rid­ing po­si­tion means wind gets up the sleeves of my jacket, which isn’t wel­come on cold rides, and the lack of body­work means you get ab­so­lutely soaked in wet weather while the bike gets filthy.

I don’t own a garage, which means the Bob­ber lives out­side un­der a cover, but even af­ter just two weeks of own­er­ship the brake discs started to turn or­ange at the edges and the many brushed metal parts on the en­gine started to dull. It’s now sum­mer, the bike has never seen win­ter so it’s go­ing to take a bit of work to keep it look­ing good.

The ad­justable clocks have also had a wob­ble, lit­er­ally. I hit a pot­hole which was much big­ger than it looked and the jolt loos­ened the bolt which the clocks swivel on. For the next few miles, un­til I pulled over to tighten it up, the clocks just wob­bled about in the wind like a wind sock.

So, as you would ex­pect, the Bob­ber isn’t the most prac­ti­cal bike for ev­ery­day use, but all those nig­gles pale into in­signif­i­cant when you look at it.

The daily slog does re­veal a few nig­gles on Tri­umph’s new Bob­ber

Clock wob­ble was soon sorted

2017 TRI­UMPH BOB­BER

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