BOB GOES BLACK
Triumph will bring the black edition of the Bonneville Bobber to India
ALONGSIDE THE GLOBAL unveil of the Speedmaster, Triumph also made use of the opportunity to unveil the new Bonneville Bobber Black. The company has been known to make ‘Black’ editions of their Bonneville models from time to time. However, the good news is that this time round, the Bobber Black will make it out to the country.
The bike remains exactly the same in terms of shape but the predominant colour on the motorcycle is as the name suggests, black. The engine and the slash-cut bobber exhaust now appear in a matte black finish while the single unit seat now appears in rich black leather.
The major change from the standard Bobber to the Black will be the change in the front wheel assembly. Instead of the slim 19inch rim, the Bobber Black uses the Speedmaster’s 16-inch wheel as well as twin discs. The front forks are chunkier as well, moving up from 41mm to 47mm Showa cartridge forks. There is also the addition of Cruise Control like the Speedmaster.
TRIUMPH IS ONE OF THE very few British motorcycling brands to have survived the hardships and doldrums of bankruptcy; the others still finding sources to rejuvenate themselves. To celebrate such a rich and varied history, the company has built a Visitor Experience Centre which is situated in the heart of the factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England. The centre will be open for public viewing from November 1.
To commemorate their 115 years of existence, the centre will be home to some rare and exquisite exhibits. From the very first 1902 ‘No. 1H’ to the 1919 Trusty Model H (used during World War I) to the TT racers of past and near present, all are given their due prominence.
You can also check the ‘Texas Cee Gar’ streamliner in all its glory. This was the very same machine which brought the ‘Bonneville’ name to the fore for the company’s future products. Of the old Bonnies, actor Steve McQueen’s motorcycle used in the movie Great Escape is now fully restored and appears in top trim. Going along with the Hollywood fever, Tom Cruise’s Speed Triple, used in Mission Impossible 2, is also in the truest state from the movie.