Triumph has taken the wraps off a new blacked-out form of its highly popular Bonneville Bobber named the Bonneville Bobber Black. The British company has taken it a step ahead from simple visual updates and the Bobber Black receives some significant mechanical changes as well. But first, let’s take a look at the list of variations that give this bike its name
The Bobber Black builds on the handsome lines of the standard Bobber and retains all the features that made the original such a handsome motorcycle. That means it continues with the lovely hard-tail look where the back monoshock is cleverly hidden beneath the cantilevered single-seat. All the other clever touches like the retro-themed battery box, rear drum-style wheel hub, flat bars, wire-spoked wheels and steel mudguards continue.
However, the pictorial changes go additional than the new black treatment and many of these updates also fall under mechanical changes, so let’s break that out into a discrete subhead.
The Bonneville Bobber Black receives a huge overhaul of the front end, starting with the new 16-inch rim and a fat 130 section tyre. This is a big change from the 19-inch rim and 100 section tyre on the standard Bobber and along with the newly advanced Avon Cobra rubber, it gives the Bobber a more slammed stance. Braking gets a boost too as Triumph has added a second disc brake to the front end. Both discs span 310mm and are slowed by new 2-piston Brembo callipers. Finally, the forks have been upgraded from the 41mm KYBs to chunky 47mm units by Showa. Crowning it all is a powerful new, full-LED headlamp which was previously offered as an optional accessory on the Bobber.
Ride-by-wire throttle continues, but the Bobber Black now gets Cruise Control as standard addition. As before, the bike offers ABS and switchable traction control as well as two riding modes – Road and Rain. The Bobber Black continues with the same tune for the 1200cc parallel twin engine, producing 77hp@6,100rpm and an impressive 106Nm@4,000rpm. Twin slash cut exhausts belt out a carefully tuned exhaust note that is deep, powerful and befitting a custom looking bike like the Bobber Black. Dry weight has risen from 228kg on the standard Bobber to 237.5kg on the Bobber Black. The Bobber Black is available in two shades, Jet Black and Matt Black. As before, Triumph offers a huge range of over 120 accessories including everything from seats to controls to exhausts and multiple visual trims. An India launch is currently under consideration and the bike could arrive in small numbers. If it does, expect the Speedmaster to cost a good deal higher than over the standard Bonneville Bobber which is priced at Rs.9.5 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai.