CheBobber ragazzi !
You all know thatat the end of last year Triumph presented some new models of great taste andvery attractive design.Among these thereis certainly the beautiful Bonneville single-seat Bobber. Just recently TriumphBenelux has hired one of the most important, perhaps the most badass, theCustom’s master of those surroundings: Fred Krugger.For those who donot know it, we are talking about a visionary, a real transformer of lines, onethat is style on motorcycles knows it long, if only because it has no previousproduction never renounced to amaze just with the beauty and clean lines andmaterials improving the aesthetics of the whole motorcycle from color to singledetail. My personal opinion is that often working on some series models, Fredhas managed to bring not only his personal vision of things but even an addedvalue on motorcycles of already very high level, I think of the recent projectXDiavel Thiverval that Ducati unveiled to the last Bikers’ Classics 017.The Triumph BobberBasse-Bodeux, baptized with the name of the belgian place where Krugger worksis nothing but a splendid, sinuous and clean-looking bike: the exaltation ofthe total absence of bright colors - given that a gray Skoda L7TA was usedcomplete with neoprene ’Bobber’ logos made by Atelier 8185 [Francorchamps].Think that QWART helmets has dedicated a model made specifically for thepresentation of this Bobber. Never seen a total gray bike so beautiful!
I had theopportunity to try an original Bobber Bonneville and to look at it very welland I would like to say that the result achieved by Fred is a motorcycle madewith the highest standards and with intelligent details as well as with variousintelligent solutions with the help of the help of all its partners who havecontributed to the finishing and quality of the design.
Some curiosities:remodeled tank, fuel cap housed, integrated and centered in the tank itself;capacity increased to 16 liters. The same tank was lowered by 40 mm andredesigned to allow a seat suitable to the new height, then mounted closer tothe engine block, a change not just seen that it was necessary to make anadditional tank for the fuel pump positioned and well hidden under thebeautiful seat, which houses only one person as in the original version. Thesaddle support has been modified and Wildhog has completed the work with itsfine upholstery.Reduced frameheight of 45 mm thanks to a redesigned ad-hoc rear swing arm with rigid endpart. The front fork has also been shortened by 38 mm while the handlebars andrisers have been inverted.
The front and rearmudguards were made by Fred himself, inspired by the original two-seaterBobber. The bike was equipped with many original Bobber parts and originalaccessories from the Triumph catalog such as the knobs, the full LED frontheadlight with an aluminum frame, the oil cap, the front brake tank cover andthe clutch cable brackets. The spectacularArlen Ness 18 ’’ lightweight wheels (3.5 and 5.5) with brake discs, theprocessed air intake horns, the 53mm diameter stainless steel exhaust systemwith megaphone silencers and finally the beautiful Dunlop tires Sportmax 120and 160 with special ’scarving’ and embossed Krugger logo.
Once again FredKrugger managed to give to already beautiful bike a new life of style, enhancing its lines but alwaysremaining faithful to the roots of the bike itself, which would have lookedlike Hinckley out of the way for the accuracy of some details and for thefinish of the whole aesthetic project. We wanted todedicate to the magician of Basse-Bodeux the cover of this our N.1 preciselybecause without wanting to exaggerate we believe that in Europe he canrepresent this number for different aspects. What a Bobber guys!