Triumph Bonneville Bobber Cruiser will likely focus on the US market; world premiere expected by the end of this year
The resounding popularity of the new Bobber seems to have led Triumph to work on a new set of models based on the same success pedigree. Triumph’s Bobber has overshadowed the top-selling T120 Thruxton with its attractive design and performance and now it is likely to form the basis for the America and Speedmaster replacements.
Near Triumph’s test facility in Europe the new cruiser was spotted testing and it appears to target customers mainly in the US. It featured the T120’s parallel twin engine alongside riding on monoshock Bobber chassis but the exterior design puts the finger on an obvious cruiser.
The surprising thing was the test prototype appears to be at the finishing stage of development and is almost product ready with design elements and mechanical components put together quite well as opposed to the stick and throw parts we would normally see on test bikes for evaluation.
The body panels are well aligned as no blatant screws or exposed joints have been seen. The mounting holes for badges on the fuel tank and forward positioned footrests are also right up there. Triumph could be re-calibrating the stability, ride quality and performance of the upcoming cruiser perhaps as it seems to be at a highly advanced stage of evaluation.
The 1200 Bonneville badge on the engine behind the rider’s leg indicates that the carbs being fake. A new rear subframe has been added with access to pillion and luggage while the traditional forward positioning of the footrest ensures signature riding position of a cruiser.
The adjustable saddle in the Bobber is ditched in favour of a more comfortable and cushioning seat setup while the large chrome front bar sports forward mounted cruising footrests. The newly styled headlamp will likely have a full-LED tech with Daytime Running Lights compounding the design.
As the urge of replacement for the America and Speedmaster grows, the new cruiser could be heading towards the international markets by the end of this year as EICMA or Intermot show might be used as a launch pad for the debut of the Bobber-based cruiser.