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Triumph Bobber Black breaks cover, could be headed to Auto Expo 2018

Abhay Verma  | Updated: January 30, 2018, 06:14 PM IST

Triumph Motorcycles UK has taken the wraps off the Black edition of its single-seater retro-classic, the Bonneville Bobber. The 2018 Triumph Bobber Black looks identical to the standard Bobber in terms of the design with its 'stripped' rear, hard-tail styling, single seat, flat handlebars and shortened front fender. What sets it apart is the matte black finish for several parts, including the engine, wheels and exhausts. In terms of positioning the Bobber Black sits above the standard Bobber, and gets higher spec equipment. One of the most important changes on the Triumph Bobber Black is the use of of dual 310mm discs upfront with Brembo calipers as opposed to the single 310mm disc on the standard Bobber. Triumph has also unveiled its 2018 Speedmaster cruiser at an event as well as a Visitor Centre at its factory in Hinckley, England. With the Bobber Black, Triumph looks ready to take on the bobbers from Harley-Davidson and Indian.

One of most important changes on the Bobber Black is the use of of dual 310mm discs upfront with Brembo calipers as opposed to the single 310mm disc on the standard Bobber

The Bobber Black also gets a full-LED headlight along with LED DRLs. Changes to the cycle parts include the use of fatter, 47mm Showa forks and a smaller, 16-inch front wheel shod with a 130-section tyre as compared to the standard Bobber's 41mm front forks and 19-inch front wheel (shod with a 100-section tyre). The single seat and clocks are identical though and are can be adjusted to change their angle. Seat height is the same at 690mm. On the powertrain front the Bobber Black is the same as the standard bike and uses the same 1200cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin cylinder that produces 77PS and 106Nm. The engine comes mated to the same six-speed transmission and boasts the same, classic British twin exhaust note.

All the changes including addition of cruise control have resulted in a weight gain of 10kg, giving the Bobber Black a dry weight of 237.5kg

On the electronics front the Bobber Black gets the same equipment, including ride-by-wire which offers Road and Rain modes and switchable traction control. Cruise control is a new addition though. All the changes have resulted in a weight gain of 10kg, and the Bobber Black tips the scales at 237.5kg dry. Triumph India has not confirmed a launch date for India yet, but we expect the Bobber Black to be launched early next year, possibly at the 2018 Auto Expo.


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