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Triumph Bonneville Bobber [2019-2020]

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,200 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight228 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 10,31,962

Triumph Bonneville Bobber [2019-2020] is now discontinued in India.

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Triumph Bonneville Bobber [2019-2020] Summary

Bonneville Bobber [2019-2020] key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,200 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 228 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 9 litres
Seat Height 690 mm
Max Power 74.6 bhp

About Bonneville Bobber [2019-2020]

The Triumph Bobber is a throwback to the days of single-seater motorcycles – it is to Triumph what the Classic is to Royal Enfield. It shares its engine with the Bonneville T120, although the power and torque outputs differ marginally at 76bhp and 106Nm. The chassis of the Bobber differs from the Bonneville, the former being designed to look like a rigid frame. However, the rear shock is almost hidden under the seat, and it has all the modern conveniences you could want, from ABS to traction control to two riding modes. The neo-retro styling makes it a much more appealing product visually, and if you have visions of riding around like Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, all you’ll need is some olive green paint, and a Triumph Bobber.

The Triumph Bobber competes with the likes of the Harley Davidson Forty Eight and the Street Bob.
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Triumph Bonneville Bobber [2019-2020] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Torquey 1200cc motor with sweet sounding exhaust
    • Comfortable riding stance
    • Highly usable riding modes
  • Could be Better

    • Limited rear suspension travel
    • No option for pillion seat
    • Shallow lean angles

BikeWale's Take

The Bonneville Bobber is a retro-styled motorcycle ideal for those who prefer to ride sole as it does get a pillion seat even as an option. Besides that, a comfortable, well-balanced, lovely sounding motorcycle that is charming to ride for hours.

Triumph Bonneville Bobber [2019-2020] Review

Triumph has taken an as-yet-unexplored neo-retro route with the Bonneville Bobber. Do the 60s design and modern mechanicals mesh well?

What is it?

The Triumph Bonneville Bobber, aka the Triumph Bobber. It is a retro-looking motorcycle based on the Bonneville series of motorcycles, but only the engine and gearbox are obviously similar. The one draw to the Bobber is its looks, and for the Indian market that’s both a good and bad thing. 

How does it ride?

Like a Bonneville, one would expect… but it doesn’t. Let’s start with the seating position: you’re sitting with your feet in front of you, like they would be if you were sitting on a Bonneville. Then you’re supposed to reach way forward to the lowered ‘bars, and if you’ve got a tummy, this is going to be a problem. (I would know.) There is only one comfortable spot to be in, on the seat; too far forward and it narrows way too much to be comfortable. The tank is too narrow to hold comfortably with your knees, and there aren’t any comfortable anchor points for your legs on the motorcycle. The rear suspension is a monoshock-type thing that is hidden away under the seat and doesn’t have enough travel for our roads. As a result, you’re continuously bobbing about on bad roads (oh, the irony) or the suspension bottoms out too easily. Oh, and in our summer, the new liquid-cooled engine does a marvelous job of roasting your legs. A city motorcycle this isn’t, that’s for sure. 

Out on the highway, the vibrations can get to you – they aren’t substantial, but they’re just enough to be annoying. You’ve got six speeds to choose from, in the gearbox, and the odd riding position means that you can’t lean comfortably in front to balance the windblast. Show it a curvy road, however, and it transforms. It is so eager to tip in and go from side to side thanks to that stiff setup, you forget that you’re riding something that looks like it came out of the 60s. Then reality strikes with the grinding of a foot peg – the Bobber does have a few things from the 60s, one of them being cornering clearance. Another is the front brake; you can’t deny that it has the ability to stop the Bobber in a hurry, but the bite and feel is all but nonexistent. 

However, that 1200cc parallel-twin engine is a gem. It doesn’t have output figures to be proud of, at 78bhp and 106Nm, but that torque is laid across the rev range is thicker than the butter in a fat man’s sandwich. Twist your wrist in any gear, and an invisible giant hand pushes you forward – first firmly, then urgently. You then become thankful that the Bobber has traction control and ABS brakes – no fancy stuff, just ‘on’ or ‘off’ – and a ‘Rain’ mode for the throttle that makes it gentler and offers less shove for the same amount of throttle travel in ‘Road’ mode. 

Anything else I should know?

Despite its size, you’ll still manage 200km on a tank of fuel. The simple-looking clocks have a full trip computer, including DTE, twin trip meters, a tachometer, and the ability to switch the traction control on and off. Finally, that clutch is a work of art – light, progressive and always positive. 

Why should I buy one?

Because you’re a fan of retro-styled motorcycles with modern reliability and handling, and there is nothing quite like the Triumph Bobber out there at this point of time. Sure, there are a few Harley-Davidsons that pull off the ‘neo-retro’ look quite well, and we’re bound to give a nod to the Ducati Scrambler as well, but the Bobber seems to have had a design brief that said ‘function is secondary,form is paramount’ and let their design and engineering teams have at it. 

But one should buy a Bobber mostly because you’re a fan of Steve McQueen, one of the coolest people ever. He rode a similar Triumph in the 1963 movie, The Great Escape, and you’ll always imagine yourself looking as cool as him while riding it. Heck, he’s so cool, Sheryl Crow wrote a song whose title is his name!

 

Where does it fit in?

The Harley-Davidson Forty Eight (₹ 10.3 lakh) is the nearest competition to the Bobber (₹ 9.5 lakh), and there are street bikes like the Kawasaki Z900 (₹ 9.6 lakh) at a similar price. 

Gear Check

1. Arai Astro-IQ Second in the Arai street models hierarchy, the Astro-IQ is a comfortable, stable helmet at any speed. Price: ₹ 50,000 

2. Scorpion Hat Trick Mesh/Textile jacket Although not on sale for a while now, the Hat Trick is a jacket that is protective yet allows decent airflow. The fleece liner keeps you warm enough, and the waterproof liner makes it truly impermeable, even in a Mumbai monsoon. Drying it out takes a while, though. Price: ₹ 15600 (Scorpion Phalanx) 

3. Royal Enfield Spiti riding gloves Made for comfortable touring, these short-cuff gloves offer a lot of comfort right from the first ride. Price: ₹ 3200

4. Joe Rocket Phoenix 2.0 pants Mesh is a wonderful thing in our heat, and the Joe Rocket Phoenix mesh pants manage an ideal combination of protection via the removable armour and airflow. Price: ₹ 9600 (Phoenix Ion)

5. Royal Enfield long riding boots With a little inspiration from both off-road boots and touring boots, the RE long riding boots are comfortable and yet protective. Price: ₹ 11,000

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Triumph Bonneville Bobber [2019-2020] mileage

As per ARAI, the average of Bonneville Bobber [2019-2020] is 29 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 74.6 bhp @ 6,100 rpm

    Max Torque 103.9 Nm @ 4,522 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 1,200 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 97.6 mm

    Stroke 80 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 10.0:1

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs --

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 9 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 261 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 29 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 310 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 150/80 R16

    Tyre Type Tubed

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 255 mm

    Calliper Type Front-2-Piston , Rear-Single Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 16 inch

    Front Tyre Size 100/90-19

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension KYB 41 mm forks, 90 mm travel

    Rear Suspension KYB monoshock with linkage

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 228 kg

    Overall Length 2,235 mm

    Overall Width 800 mm

    Wheelbase 1,510 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 690 mm

    Overall Height 1,025 mm

    Chassis Type Tubular steel cradle

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailNo

Pillion SeatNo

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm --

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestNo

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

Battery--

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Triumph Bonneville Bobber [2019-2020] User Reviews

4.8 18 ratings 6 reviews
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  • 4

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  • 5

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  • 4

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  •  4Dream bike 2 years ago by Amanjit Singh

    To start things off . I would say if you really into the bikes . You can’t ignore this bike. Bobber style one seat , sitting on a 1200c bike .The feeling you get ridding this bike is out of this world.I have gotten many compliments for this bike specially because of it’

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

  •  5Best ever bobber 2 years ago by Shashwat, Lucknow

    This the best bobber even better than the Indian scout though scout has a better power but the mid range of this bike is just amazing much better than the scout u can ride it at 160 at 3rd or 4th gear only and the road appeal of this bike is even more than the Harley mo

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      24 kmpl

  •  5British beast 2 years ago by Terance Franklin, Chennai

    Never bought it yet but as far experienced with good sales staff and knowledgeable person from triumph and they take care of the customer nicely.It was a good riding experience and suits my height very well as well to.Looks mind blowing and performance is so good. Servi

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

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  •  5First and best bike of my life..!! 3 years ago by Shaurya Vikram Singh Rath, Jalgaon

    It is the only bike decency with power, and handling and smoothness is bar above than Indian scout bobber, average is pretty beautiful.. And people will love you seeing in this bike.. Specially the black edition. I drove it number of times and you know the vibration of

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      Never owned

  •  5Review 3 years ago by Nitesh Sharma, Jaipur

    This bike really touch my heart, i feel very proud to ride this bike and small test drive gave me a lot of satisfaction.1 great pickup.2 100- 120 kmph in second gear.3 braking system is best in class.4 very comfortable for long drive.5 exhaust sound is great.6 sitting a

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      Never owned

  •  5Amazing bike...... 3 years ago by Vishal Kumar Rajak

    Outstanding and very comfortable bike. I love it...... No other bike can stand in front of triumph bobber. Because it is reliable than any other bike. And most important thing is that the mileage of this cruise bike is well maintained i.E., 26 km/lt. So, in my thought n

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      26 kmpl

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