Our early report on the launch of the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber in London generated more hits than any other article on Bike EXIF in 2016—and sparked some pretty heated debate. Up to that point, Triumph’s new ‘modern classics’ had been getting high praise at every turn… but was the Bobber a giant mistake?
Could the new T120 platform really be stretched that far? How can a factory possibly build a bobber? Would it just be a pretty bike to ogle in the garage?
We headed to Spain to find out.
Purists will tell you that a true bobber needs to be a custom machine—preferably vintage—stripped of all non-essentials, hard-tailed and hot-rodded. And they’re not entirely wrong.
After all, that’s what the first bobbers were, back in the 40s: single-seat, purpose-built machines that were light, quick in a straight line—and a little sketchy to ride.…