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  • Kingchops Posts: 0
    Kingchops
    14 Jun 2017 10:53 AM
    Went to Peter Stevens the other day to pick up some supplies and saw the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber out the front.  I don't follow the world of Triumph very much, so I was surprised to see this new model.  It didn't look like anything I've seen from them before.  I took a Bonneville 865 out for a test ride years ago and wasn't really impressed by it.  To me it had no character compared to a Sporty and I really didn't like the look of the bench seat.
    So years later, I see this updated Bonneville.  I really like the look of it. Reading up on the specs it's got a water cooled 1200.  The rear end design with the Softail style swing arm and the suspended seat look great.  It's priced as a direct competitor to the  Sportster 1200.  One drawback I've read about is that the tank is pretty small, so not too practical for a long range bike, but I'd love to try one out.  I'm a fan of bobber bikes, so I'm biased and I'm sure opinions will differ with such a change to a classic model.



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  • Far Canal Posts: 2070
    Motor Head Far Canal
    14 Jun 2017 11:47 AM
    My Missus bought one a few months ago and loves it.
    I have taken it for a few spins and gotta say they are a fun bike to ride, in fact I might just be a little bit jealous.. They have a low seat height and seem incredibly lightweight for a 1200cc machine. They go pretty well straight off the showroom floor. Can't remember exactly what the figures are but they have got great torque. The fuel tank is small, to make up for that it gets exactly twice the mileage as my FXST however a larger tank on the Triumph would be a bonus.
    One thing I find annoying is the electronic function settings on the speedo. You have to manually choose which ride mode, whether you want the traction control on or off, tacho on or off etc,etc etcfuckingcetra every time you turn the ignition on or off and it is a pain in the arse. If you are content with the factory setting then I guess that is not so much an issue.

  • Geoff3DMN Posts: 1532
    Castlemaine
    Motor Head Geoff3DMN
    14 Jun 2017 12:23 PM
    Not really my sort of bike but I have to admit Triumph's new liquid cooled motor has certainly fixed the lack of torque that the earlier motors suffered from.

    I could see myself with a new Thruxton in the shed for sunny sunday hooning.


  • Kingchops Posts: 0
    Kingchops
    14 Jun 2017 01:10 PM
    Posted by Far Canal on 14 Jun 2017 11:17 AM
    My Missus bought one a few months ago and loves it.
    I have taken it for a few spins and gotta say they are a fun bike to ride, in fact I might just be a little bit jealous.. They have a low seat height and seem incredibly lightweight for a 1200cc machine. They go pretty well straight off the showroom floor. Can't remember exactly what the figures are but they have got great torque. The fuel tank is small, to make up for that it gets exactly twice the mileage as my FXST however a larger tank on the Triumph would be a bonus.
    One thing I find annoying is the electronic function settings on the speedo. You have to manually choose which ride mode, whether you want the traction control on or off, tacho on or off etc,etc etcfuckingcetra every time you turn the ignition on or off and it is a pain in the arse. If you are content with the factory setting then I guess that is not so much an issue.


     Nice one FC, it'd be great to have one on hand like that.  Mileage doesn't sound too bad in that case.  From what I remember reading, it's a good 30kg lighter than a Sportster, so power to weight ratio would be quite good.

  • Kingchops Posts: 0
    Kingchops
    14 Jun 2017 01:17 PM
    Posted by Geoff3DMN on 14 Jun 2017 11:53 AM
    Not really my sort of bike but I have to admit Triumph's new liquid cooled motor has certainly fixed the lack of torque that the earlier motors suffered from.

    I could see myself with a new Thruxton in the shed for sunny sunday hooning.


     Yeah, the Thruxton is the last Triumph model that I liked the look of before this new one.

  • gidgi Posts: 868
    NSW
    Performance Poster gidgi
    14 Jun 2017 01:34 PM
    I had a Speedmaster 865 back in 06 seemed to have great torque but lacked a good cruising speed just reved to high  something that could be fixed with correct sprockets I spose. I played around with jets & removed air box then put pod filters on something the dealer said was not advisable  But Hey! the Triumph moto was go your own way, I had it for bout 5yrs It went great & was so fun to ride I recon the 1200 would be a blast but they just lack somefin to me
  • Baloffski Posts: 1952
    Victoria
    Motor Head Baloffski
    14 Jun 2017 03:49 PM
    Not my cuppa either, I take a shine to the Thruxton, reminds me of my Guzzi V11 same colour same lines, fairing (Magni) except the motor varies somewhat. Think the Triumph bobber is ok for a scoot around, but not to sure would be an interstate cruiser, but I guess that's what a Bobber is bob down to the pub, aye. ..... Am sure it'd be lighter than it's Harley equivalent, most bikes are as the Yanks always seem to overdo things.
  • Scouser Posts: 1901
    Marion, South Australia
    Motor Head Scouser
    14 Jun 2017 05:41 PM
    I think with the new 1200 it will fly!
    My 865 injected Bonnie would have given my 48 Sporty a run for its money so the 1200 should be a beast?
  • Far Canal Posts: 2070
    Motor Head Far Canal
    14 Jun 2017 05:58 PM
    The power to weight ratio seems great.
    I was not too sure what to think about these bikes until I saw one in the flesh/steel, decided pretty quickly they looked the part. In fact in the few months the Mrs has had it, it has drawn nothing but admiration from bike minded onlookers.
    Would agree that it is designed more as a short trip bike and not a tourer. Mainly due to the small tank but also due to the limiting attachment points for fitting panniers/bags. There are a set of factory waxed cotton bags with brackets that are available as an accessory however it is recommended that each bag hold no more than 3 kilos. Still, that is better than nothing and fine for an over-nighter somewhere. So far Missus has got the heated handgrips which work well....BUT AUTOMATICALLY TURN OFF each time the ignition is switched off, which makes the electronic riding mode choices on start up (a beef in my first reply) become just that bit extra super fricken annoying.
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  • punkin Posts: 281
    Stage 1 Poster punkin
    15 Jun 2017 05:06 AM
    Was going to say the bobber was reminiscent of a custom Honda 4 around the airbox and the general lines of the bikes from back in the day and then i saw a couple in the last photo.

    There's a couple things i don't like about the look, firstly the fucking radiator which i notice they avoid taking shots of in the publicity photos. Then i wonder why the mufflers are so large? Also the primary seems huge for some reason. But there's lots to like as well.
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