First Ride: Bobber Black 2018


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First ride: Bobber Black keeps true to Triumph tradition

Published: 11 January 2018
The Bobber is back in black with a moody look and fat front tyre.

It’s funny how fashions change and new trends quickly become the established norms. Take the bobber look for example. Nowadays, bobber styling revolves around a set of fat balloon tyres, however back in 1940s post-war America the first bobbers were very different. During this era, riders ripped any excess weight off bikes to create stripped-back machines (‘bobber’ is derived from the term bob-tailed, alluding to their cut down rear mudguards).

This is why with their first Bobber, launched late 2016, Triumph gave it the same front end as the Bonneville T120, keeping true to tradition. But with the Bobber Black, Triumph have gone for the modern bobber look.

Triumph have swapped the Bobber’s T120-derived 19in front wheel for a 16-incher with a fat Avon Cobra tyre. Holding this wheel is a set of beefy new Showa forks and completing the front end’s transformation is an extra disc and caliper (now Brembo instead of Nissin), which the original Bobber sorely needed.

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