THE RIDE VERDICT
IF A BAD experience riding a factorybuilt custom bike has put you off ever owning one, or you have previously dismissed custom bikes as not your cup of tea, the Triumph Bobber is a bike that could make you look and think again. The shortcomings that blighted other machines — such as poor weight distribution, awkward handling, unconvincing design and questionable build quality — do not apply to the Bobber. It stands head and shoulders above its custom rivals.
Add in an impressive array of official accessories — from clip-ons to pipes, cut-down mudguards to full-on ape hangers — and you’ll be able to make your mass-produced Bobber stand out from the crowd, especially as the Triumph online configurator is refreshingly easy to use. Living with a test bike for a couple of weeks has engaged me — a die-hard sportsbike lover — as a potential customer and I’ve already configured my virtual bike: clip-on bars, with Vance and Hines pipes, Fox shock, hand-painted tank, short guards and mini-indicators. Or maybe I’ll change my mind — again — and just go for the ape hangers…
While perfectly rideable in all situations, the Bobber is at home in the cool urban sprawl
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