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Triumph Bonneville Bobber Review: The Best Motorcycle in India For Less Than Rs 10 Lakh?

The Triumph Bonneville Bobber is an emotion of an imperfection that makes you fall in love with it at first sight. But is there more to it than what meets the eye?

Manav Sinha | News18.com@manav_sinha

Updated:December 13, 2017, 1:26 PM IST
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Triumph Bonneville Bobber Review: The Best Motorcycle in India For Less Than Rs 10 Lakh?
Triumph Bonneville Bobber. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
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No, it is not a hot rod and no it is not a custom-made motorcycle. What this is, is the Triumph Bonneville Bobber and it has an interesting case for itself. It’s an emotion of an imperfection that makes you fall in love with it at first sight. But is there more to it than what meets the eye?

To start with, the Triumph Bonneville Bobber is, well, a Bonneville and that means the motorcycle needs to live up to its iconic heritage and classic styling expectations. But then, it’s also a bobber which means it needs to go fast and look good while doing it. So, how does it fare?

Let’s have a look.

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Let’s start with the styling of the Bobber which will also be the biggest attraction for many. Clearly, it has a retro theme going for it but what it also has is the Bonneville nametag, which means it has received proper attention to detail by the good folks at Triumph in order to make the motorcycle a true classic. The bare minimum body panels, the stripped back look, flat handlebar, low seat height, bar-end mirrors and the round headlamp complete the bobber look. That’s not it, the narrow and large 19-inch front wheel and the comparatively wider and smaller rear tyre mounted on blacked out spoked wheels gives the motorcycle a hot-rod stance. The profiles of the tyres are 100/90 for the one at the front and 150/80 for the one at the back.

Triumph-Bonneville-Bobber-Review-ProfileTriumph Bonneville Bobber is a head-turner wherever it goes. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

Once you look closer at some specific bits of the motorcycle, the design will grow on you even more. The throttle body, for example, has a classic design even though the Bobber comes with fuel injection. The battery box has a very retro stainless steel strap and the rear wheel hub gives off the impression that the Bobber has a drum brake at the back. Worry not, that’s not the case (thankfully) as there is a 255mm disc at the back. At the front, there is a single 310mm disc brake and there are Nissin callipers both front and back doing braking duties. ABS is offered as standard.

Overall, the design is really clean. So much so, that spotting the catalytic converter and the radiator grille takes some time and that’s a really good thing.

Triumph-Bonneville-Bobber-Review-Bar-End-MirrorsTriumph Bonneville Bobber comes with bar end mirrors. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

When it comes to performance, the most important part of the motorcycle is its engine. The Triumph Bobber is powered by a 1200cc parallel twin engine which is basically the same unit which powers the Bonneville T120. It is in a different state of tune, though, as it produces 106 NM of peak torque lower down in the RPM band and has 77 PS of power on offer. For those concerned, it does come with liquid cooling and the moment you start riding it, you will simply love the refinement levels of the drivetrain. There are almost no vibrations anywhere and the motorcycle is very capable of carving corners and keeping the ride interesting. The ergonomics are quite comfortable as well and is a mix of cruiser and sports style of riding. For long distances, though, you will wish that there was a backrest, at least as an option. Transmission duties are done by a 6-speed unit which makes for crisp gearshifts. The ride experience as a whole is definitely exciting and the capabilities of the Bobber are commendable when it comes to carving through city traffic. When it comes to stopping, the Bobber only gets a single front disc brake but the Nissin callipers do a good enough job and you will not complain.

Triumph-Bonneville-Bobber-Review-SeatTriumph Bonneville Bobber comes with only a single seat. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

And, there’s still a bit more. You see, the Bobber really pushes itself ahead of the competition with the clever bits. Triumph has fitted the motorcycle with ABS as standard and a ride-by-wire system which allows for dual riding modes – road and rain. It has a very informative instrument cluster which not only looks good but also showcases almost all the information you would need. And here’s the clever part again, the instrument cluster is tilt-adjustable and the seats are adjustable too!

But hold on to your horses, the Bobber has its shortcomings too. The first and the most obvious one is that it has only one seat on offer so having a pillion rider is out of the question. The fuel tank capacity, on the other hand, is just 9.1-litres. That’s just not enough for long distance riding because you will keep stopping for fuel stops. And then, there’s the suspension. It is cleverly hidden under the seat but it is a bit on the harder side. It helps while spirited riding but not when you are going over potholes.

But, these are just minor niggles in an otherwise fantastic motorcycle which offers great value for money.

Triumph-Bonneville-Bobber-Review-RearIf you look over a few minor niggles, the Triumph Bonneville Bobber is a great motorcycle. (Photo: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

So at the end of the day, the Triumph Bonneville Bobber is definitely a very interesting motorcycle. Everything about it screams style. And once you are done with the looks and start riding it, the bobber leaves its mark not only on your mind but also on your heart. In short, it’s not only the best Bonneville till date but also one of the best motorcycles that you can buy in less than 10 lakh rupees.

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| Edited by: Manav Sinha
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