Introduced earlier today at a live event in England, the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber made its way to the stage ridden by none other than SBK racing legend, Carl Fogarty. Based on the all-new Bonneville released earlier this year, the Bobber receives a few notable items, namely a faux hardtail rear suspension setup, an adjustable solo saddle, and twin slash-cut mufflers.

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According to Triumph, the new Bobber is powered by the same liquid-cooled 1200cc parallel-Twin of the T120 Bonneville, but is in a state of “Bobber tune,” delivering more low-end horsepower and torque. Helping achieve its hot rod performance and sound are new, dual airboxes feeding the engine, delivering a throaty intake noise, while the slash-cut mufflers emit the signature cadence of a 270-degree parallel-Twin.

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The hardtail look of the Bobber was achieved by what Triumph is referring to as a “swing cage” design where the mono-shock is hidden, much like the design of Harley-Davidson Softails. Unlike H-D, where the hidden shock resides beneath the bike, the Bobber’s is located under the adjustable seat. Other period-piece designs include the battery box with stainless steel strap, the tall rear fender stay, a rear hub that resembles a drum brake, the ignition has been relocated beneath the seat, while the flat handlebars come equipped with bar-end mirrors.

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The solo saddle is unique in that it can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally. Exact amounts of adjustability weren’t provided, but Triumph says seat height, as well as its fore/aft position can be changed to an individual’s preference.

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The seat slides up and forward or down and back. At its lowest, the seat is 27.2 inches from the ground.

Complementing this seating customization is a quick-release mechanism for the Bobber’s gauge that allow the rider to better position the gauge according to the seating position.

Triumph refers to the Bobber as having "twin clocks," but in actuality it's a single gauge with both analog and digital readouts. Information includes: gear position indicator, odometer, two trip meters, service indicator, range to empty, fuel level, average and current fuel consumption, clock, and traction control settings.

Triumph refers to the Bobber as having “twin clocks,” but in actuality it’s a single gauge with both analog and digital readouts. Information includes: gear position indicator, odometer, two trip meters, service indicator, range to empty, fuel level, average and current fuel consumption, clock, and traction control settings.

Like the T120 Bonneville, the Bobber is outfitted with numerous modern luxuries including riding modes, ABS, a torque assist clutch, and switchable traction control. Also similar to the T120 is the extent to which Triumph engineers went to ensure that as little as possible of any of the modern technologies are easily visible to the casual observer.

The Bobber is customizable with more than 150 accessories available from Triumph. The Brits have also formed a new partnership with FOX for a dual-branded adjustable rear suspension unit, plus a range of new Bobber exhausts from Vance and Hines.

The Bobber is customizable with more than 150 accessories available from Triumph. The Brits have also formed a new partnership with FOX for a dual-branded adjustable rear suspension unit, plus a range of new Bobber exhausts from Vance and Hines.

Full specs, pricing, and availability (early spring) were unavailable at press time, but we know the new bike will roll on a set of very bobberish 19-inch x 2.5-inch front, and fat 16-inch x 3.5-inch wide rear wire-spoke (non-tubeless) wheels.

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  • Dootin

    Not my thing, but well done.

    • john phyyt

      Nit picking I know. But.! Front brake disc/caliper and abs ( On this and Bonneville) look out of place, Cheap/Nasty on what is otherwise a thoroughly premium product.

  • Starmag

    Harley is getting more competition all the time. It seems like more OEMs are taking up the “one bike many models” strategy H-D has used so well.

  • Gary

    I am old enough to remember when Bonneville bobbers were a “thing” … back in the 60s and 70s. I remember thinking, “Why would someone want to ruin a perfectly good Bonneville?” I still feel that way today.

    • Kenneth

      Except that no one is “ruining” anything, here. It’s another choice, added to the other Bonnevilles.

      • Andre Capitao Melo

        I don’t get why people complain about having more options.

  • SerSamsquamsh

    I was expecting a scrambler so this is a surprise. Looks awesome! Like it better than the R90 BMW.

    • Born to Ride

      We can’t be friends anymore. It’s not you, its your Triumph.

      • SerSamsquamsh

        Haha:) I have a triumph T-shirt not their bike. I’ll rather have that cb1100rs

        • Born to Ride

          My dad just bought a brand new T-Bird commander for 7000$ off MSRP. Auction bike with 22 miles on it. 10 grand out the friggin door. I love Triumph motorcycles, just not this one. =P

  • Douglas

    No tach?

    • TheMarvelous1310

      The tach is a combination of the rev limiter, the mph gauge and your ears.

      • Douglas

        Nope…..not good enuf. This, after all, iddn a Harley (HOG riders just KNOW how many rpms they’re turnin’, or so I’ve been told. All 3 of my H-D’s had tachs, and I used them, please & thank you).

  • Old MOron

    Oh Triumph, to what depths hast thou sunk?!
    Don’t tell me. I already know.
    Meet your new loyalists:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/147b45e17f2c7395637ee950429e83627160fa9f5a8aaec82c7b5c663ea2c0f6.jpg

  • allworld

    I’m sure they will sell a few of them. This is much nicer looking than Indian’s Scout or HD’s offerings.
    Price talks.

    • Old MOron

      Ooh, c’mon MOrons, we need a shootout!

  • SRMark

    Looks good. Not my brew of choice.

  • TriumphRider87

    I like it. I don’t want one, but I like and appreciate it. Nice to see Triumph embrace the custom / factory-custom scene, both what others have done with the previous gen Bonnevilles and of course HD’s approach, and make it distinctly Triumph.

    I’ll be curious to see / read how well the softail single-shock setup works for this bike. Triumph are not new to this, even in the modern Hinckley incarnation – the classic triples (Trident, Thunderbird / Thunderbird Sport, Adventurer) all had a single shock, I believe. Let’s see if Triumph can make the clamshell position, low-slung, faux-hardtail look actually perform.

  • TheMarvelous1310

    ‘Oh, Harley-Davidsons are so old, so obsolete! Harley needs to get with the program, everybody has left them behind!’

    Okay, to recap: Yamaha made a Sportster(Bolt), Moto Guzzi made a Street Rod(MGX-21) and a Dyna(V9), Ducati is making a V-Rod(xDiavel), Beemer is making a Road Glide and Triumph is making a Softail. Harley-Davidsons are trendsetters, innovators in the only way that counts-the way the people want.

    Oh, and that’s a noice Bonnie!

    • Born to Ride

      Innovators that intentionally leave EPA-legal performance on the table so they can charge their customers more money on top of already charging a premium for the bike. I hope that trend doesn’t catch on.

      Also, the V9 shares very little attributes with a Dyna. It weighs like 200+ lbs less and has half the displacement. Even stylistically they are very different looking cruisers. Unless you are trying to assert that every clean, pared down cruiser looks like a Dyna.

      • TheMarvelous1310

        Fair point about the Dyna and the V9… Although it’s funny how you mention Guzzi, another company who doesn’t go out of their way to give you the most powerful engine straight from the factory. Where’s your smart remarks about those transverse twins, huh?

        Come to think of it, what do you need all that power for when the speed limit is 65 mph? You wanna race, get a race bike. You want more than enough power, that’s gonna cost you BUT! The good news is, you can have a lot of fun wringing out a stock motor, and it’s still under warranty if something breaks.

        • Born to Ride

          My point is that with very very little modification to the Milwaukee 8 motor- EPA legal exhaust, EPA legal Intake, and a different cam- Massive power gains are made across the entire rev range. These are things that any other manufacturer would have incorporated into their design to give their customer the best product that they can offer. Harley instead chooses to detune their motors and sell what should be the stock components as upgrades. Most companies build their engines to output as much power as they can so long as they don’t ruin the power delivery, or put it at risk of mechanical failure. This usually makes customers want to buy their bike over the competition. But Harley doesn’t have to compete in the real market because they have customers that would never even consider buying another bike, even if it was better in every way.

          Also, you think Guzzi is intentionally leaving power on the table? Well, I think I’ll just let the MOrons tell it how it it is.

          “But the biggest numbers don’t tell the whole story. Follow the yellow line and you’ll see how the Guzzi travels up from the bottom and keeps going when the others fall off, reaching up the dial a full third further than the competition. By the time it falters at 78.9 hp, long after all the other horses have returned to their respective barns, it’s marshaled just three fewer ponies than the massive Star – at a revvy 6600 rpm. Having the least-displacement motor here by more than 200cc, its torque numbers are relatively small, but its max output of just 72.7 ft.-lb. arrives at an amazingly low 2200 rpm, assuring strong responsiveness.”

          The Guzzi in stock form puts out nearly 20% more horsepower with 20% LESS displacement than the twin cam. Huh? How bout that…

          • Max Wellian

            No, it’s puts out 20% more PEAK hp. The Harley makes more hp throughout most of its range. The total power the engines are capable of delivering is probably close to the same.
            Different strokes. The heavy Harley would feel anemic with the Guzzi engine until it was high in the revs. And the low end power of a Hog would be lost on a light bike like the Guzzi. One can only meter in so much before the tire starts spinning.

    • Starmag

      Unfortunately, your Street Rod(MGX-21) isn’t even close either. The SR is a sporty roadster I wouldn’t mind owning, the MGX21 is a 21 inch front wheel bagger I wouldn’t be seen dead on.

      I liked the “noice” accent though.

  • JMDonald

    At least the faux hardtail is a functioning rear end. Ape hangers?

  • Patriot159

    The Triumph design dept. (the Bonnie section spec.) has got some very talented folk. I really like their “eye” for how they want the bike to look. Its that intangible ‘je ne sais quoi’ that they do such a great job with.

  • Buzz

    Funny how tractor motor antique Harley’s are stuck in the past while every other manufacturer on the planet is trying to get a piece of that past.

    How come Triumph isn’t building a 1000cc repli-racer sport Bike to compete with the mighty Japanese? I mean everyone wants those!

    • GreggJ

      Triumph makes a wide range of motorcycles, from knees in your ears sport bikes to giant feet forward cruisers. Most (but certainly not all) of their bikes look fantastic. Now they also make an uber cool bobber. What is nice about Triumph’s is that they all stop, go, take bumps, and handle like modern bikes are expected to. On the other hand, every Harley I’ve ever seen (minus the XR1200 and new 500/750s) looks fantastic, but often falls down (often dangerously when it comes to cornering clearance and braking) in the performance area. I have wanted a Harley since I was a kid (I ride a Triumph), but just can’t get past the poor performance/price ratio. I (like I suspect a lot of others) wish they would address that and we get pissed off when year after year they refuse to.

  • Bill Garrot

    I wonder how far you can lean it before you start scraping pegs?

  • Mongo_the_GoofyBastard

    It would look better if the seat was attached to the frame rather than “floating” with a more traditional springer mounting. I like it though and if they get the price point at or around the standard Bonneville price this could really challenge the Harley 48 and Iron 884 especially in Europe where Harleys are prohibitively expensive.