Triumph’s hacked Bonneville is less scary than you think

Looks like a hog, rides like a unicorn

Yikes. What am I going to do with that?


Clear your lines, is what. While your body is a solid object, impervious to various sorts of ingress and accretion, your soul is a flimsy net of interconnected experiences which you drag through the raw effluent of modern existence. Over time, fears and worries accrue, making you all heavy and harumphy. And not a little whiffy.

You’ve been watching the free-to-air channels again.

No, it’s true. And the best way to clear the clogged fibres of your being? The vibration of a big twin cylinder engine combined with a 60mph headwind. Ideally, on a boss custom-style motorcycle such as Triumph’s new Bonneville Bobber (tba, due Feb 2017).

But motorcycles are dangerous! So, custom motorcycles like this must be both dangerous and uncomfortable.

Ah, but this is no back-alley hack. This is a factory bike, a modified version of Triumph’s latest T120 Bonneville. Despite its minimalist ‘bobber’ look, it has proper suspension, a light torque-assist clutch, ABS and even traction control with a ‘rain’ mode.

You might look like a hot-headed rebel, but under your leathers you’ll be cool as a cucumber. And your soul? Squeaky clean and flying free.