Triumph looks to have hit the spot perfectly with the Bobber: judging by advance sales it could become one of the Hinckley firm’s most popular models yet. It’s easy to understand why. Drawbacks including its small, 9.1-litre fuel tank and sub-100-mile range, single-seat and lack of luggage-carrying ability are easily ignored given its unique style, high-quality finish, characterful power delivery and invigorating chassis performance.
The Bobber is also wieldy around town, helped by its low seat, and it’s impressively comfortable given its firm ride and limited suspension travel. As a roadster it works far better than could be expected of such a radical machine, at least for riders who don’t need to carry a pillion. It’s easily enhanced and personalised, via more than 150 accessories, from “apehanger” bars to a leather swing-arm bag. More than half a century after those American riders started trimming their V-twins, the Bobber looks set for centre-stage.
Price tag of our bike: £10,650 (in deep red or matte grey. Basic black bike costs £10,500; two-tone green and silver is £10,800)
Photography by Alessio Barbanti, Paul Barshon, Matteo Cavadini and Freddy Kirn.