Triumph had an unparalleled hit on its hands with the Bonneville Bobber, as it became the fastest selling motorcycle in the company’s 115-year history following its release for the 2017 model year. For 2018 Triumph looks to keep the momentum going with a new flavor, the Bonneville Bobber Black.
While this is largely an exercise in styling modifications from the standard version, Triumph did include a few touches unique to the 1200cc Parallel Twin-powered Bobber Black. These include a “fat” 16-inch front wheel and larger-diameter, higher-spec, 47mm Showa cartridge fork with 3.5-inches travel. There’s also a 310mm twin disc front brake set-up with twin-piston Brembo calipers.
The blacked-out treatment touches numerous elements. The exhaust system, brake pedal, foot rests, gear lever, gear linkage, brake and clutch levers, handlebars, risers and clamps, seat pan, engine covers, headlight rim and wheel hubs are all dressed like Johnny Cash.
As far as similarities with the standard go, the Bobber Black has the same adjustable, floating aluminum seat pan, link-type rear shock, battery box cover, side-mount ignition barrel, “carb-style” throttle bodies, bar-end mirrors and wire-spoke style wheels.
Riders will also enjoy the electronic features that carry over, including Rain and Road ride modes, ABS, switchable traction control, torque assist clutch and all LED lighting. Cruise control comes standard too.
Two options will be available, a classic gloss Jet Black or Matte Jet Black. Triumph provides more than 120 custom accessories for the Bonneville Bobber Black for an even more customized look. Expect to see these in dealerships in early 2018, and stay tuned for pricing information.