Triumph’s updated Bonneville range, expected to be unveiled later this year for a 2016 release is already expanding. Reports from our sources within the company indicate that Triumph will release a number of retro models based on the new Bonneville, including an updated Scrambler, Cafe Racer as well as a Bobber – a type of motorcycle currently not seen from Triumph in many, many years.
EDIT: – MCN has posted a story on the new Bobber as well along with spy photos, one of which is below. Check out the rest here.
For those unfamiliar with the style, bobbers are a style of motorcycle that usually has had the front fender removed, the rear fender “bobbed” (made smaller), and all superfluous parts removed to reduce weight. That generally means no pillion seat and it can also mean that the bike goes without a rear shock (i.e. a hard-tail) – though that seems unlikely in the case of Triumph trying to sell a modern motorcycle.
As we’ve previously reported, the updated Bonneville range will feature a brand new 1,100cc parallel twin engine. Further from that though, it looks like water cooling will be a far bigger feature than previously thought. Early indications had been that the new Bonneville would use only partial water cooling as BMW Motorrad has done with its current generation of boxer engines. Sadly for purists, it would seem that while the new Bonneville’s engine will look authentically “old-school”, a big slab of radiator will sit in front of it to keep it cool. It’s an unfortunate consequence of ever stricter emission laws.
Our sources further suggest that horsepower will jump from the current incarnations 67 hp to about 91 hp with a similar percentage increase in torque. The new Bonneville will likely retain the current 5-speed gearbox but with some modifications. The frame, suspension and brakes are also all completely new – in fact there will be nothing carried over from the current model onto the new Bonneville. ABS, though most certainly not traditional will be standard due to European Union regulations.