Insane su­per­charged Tri­umph Bob­ber spe­cial breaks cover

O Hold on tight, it’s a 135bhp su­per­charged retro won­der

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Contents - By Michael Neeves CHIEF ROAD TESTER

Fancy a Bon­neville Bob­ber Black with the rear wheel power of a Speed Triple and more torque than a Du­cati Di­avel? Well Tri­umph Glas­gow have cre­ated the bike of your dreams and it could be yours right now for £22,995.

Based on Tri­umph’s 1200cc, 76bhp par­al­lel twin cylin­der Bob­ber Black, this mon­ster fea­tures just about ev­ery Tri­umph ac­ces­sory in the book. The cus­tom satin black paintjob is by 8 Ball, the down­pipes are wrapped, there are white­wall Avon Co­bra tyres, a host of be­spoke fab­ri­cated parts, a fully ad­justable Fox shock and equip­ment bor­rowed from other Tri­umphs, in­clud­ing Speed­mas­ter beach bars and a Thrux­ton ex­haust and screen.

Fit and fin­ish puts the stan­dard ma­chine in the shade, but the ic­ing on the cake and that huge hike in per­for­mance, comes in the shape of a Rotrex su­per­charger, fit­ted by TTS Per­for­mance Parts.

Tri­umph Glas­gow Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Martin Rees ex­plained: “The Bob­ber lends it­self to mod­i­fi­ca­tions, but we wanted to do some­thing re­ally crazy. We dis­cussed putting a turbo or nitrous on it, but we wanted re­li­a­bil­ity so landed with this. The mo­tor is stock.”

With such an in­crease in power you might think it’s an an­i­mal, but its low-speed man­ners are im­pec­ca­ble and fu­elling would put Kawasaki’s H2 to shame. Poke it with a stick and it’s an­other story al­to­gether.

A clacky ex­haust note drills into your eardrums as the bike ac­cel­er­ates in a very un-bob­ber-like way, but the power de­liv­ery is feel-good­lin­ear. Off the throt­tle the su­per­charger hisses on the over­run. The stan­dard chas­sis, gear­box, clutch and twin brake set-up all cope with the ex­tra power while the Fox shock gives the Bob­ber a tougher, more com­posed feel.

This might be a Bob­ber with a sky-high price, but it’s loaded with se­ri­ous at­ti­tude and the per­for­mance to match.

The ex­haust note drills into your eardrums

2 Big BHP The Bob­ber is de­liv­er­ing a fat 135bhp peak and a thump­ing 90ftlb all from an un­mod­i­fied T120 en­gine 1 On the charge It took a lot of work by TTS to make the Rotrex su­per­charger fit into the Bob­ber chas­sis 3 It’s a wrap Be­spoke ex­hausts are de­signed to cope with the ex­tra gas flow and look cool with the wrapped pipes 4 Beefy rear The rear shock has been re­placed with a Fox shock from the Tri­umph cat­a­logue. The forks are stan­dard

LED lights re­place the stan­dard rear set-up

It even has an of­fi­cial Tri­umph clock bolted on

Not all the mods will be to ev­ery­one’s taste

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