REVIEW THE BOBBER
Reader Rating 10 Votes
8.0
Jack Lilly

Next year Bonnefication will be ten years old, in that decade the custom Hinckley Triumph Twin has become increasingly popular with retro motorcycle enthusiasts, loving the Classic Twins easy availability and customisability.In that time, the bobber style has been largely overlooked by the Modern Classic enthusiast, they are out there, but not in great numbers. Perhaps they remained the preserve of old-school custom motorcycle builders, unconcerned with whats trendy or new-wave, just whats right.Then, building a Triumph bobber based on previous generations of Twins involves more work than say building a Scrambler or Brat Styled Twin – making the Hinckley bobber comparatively expensive to build.With the introduction of the Bonneville Bobber and newly released Speedmaster, the Bobbers days of obscurity may be over. The Hinckley Triumph Bonneville Bobber is now the coolest thing since…erm… the Triumph Bobber.

The Qora, is a custom Triumph Bobber crafted in France by the Messieurs at VIBA, and it just may be the build which could herald the return of the ‘king of customs.’ A build we are told takes its inspiration from the “age d’Or”, the golden age of coachbuilders, which may explain the Qora’s 27,990€ (£25k or US$33k) price tag. (ouch!)“Objective was to get-off motorcycle’s standards, breaking up
with codes, and go further than the crowd of builders….”Based on the new 1200cc, 77hp water-cooled Triumph Bobber, this ‘badass black beauty’ received many tasteful, stylish and technically innovative modifications, such as sculpted retro fork covers, which like much of this Triumph, including the engines air-filters, were created using 3D printing technology.The fashion for shorty front mudguards continues, with this Twin featuring one nearly invisible from many angles, barely covering its custom 19” front wheel – a wheel, that like the 16” rear, was milled from aluminium and shod in the standard factory fitted Avon tires. With the front being fitted with a set of dual 230mm Beringer floating discs, paired with Beringer 2 pot Aerotec callipers.

The smooth stock tank has been replaced with a custom flat sided item, adding a bit of attitude. Which like the rest of the bodywork is finished in rich piano black. This leads us back to the sculpted 3D printed seat pan and the Bobbers ‘straight-cut’ rear mudguard – detailed with micro-LED tail-lights and signals fitted to either side.When a bike looks as good and menacing as the Qora, it will need a soundtrack to match-  supplied here by a set of slash-cut end-cans, fitted to the Bobbers stock headers, in black of course.It will take a bit of time for Triumphs off-the-shelf Bobbers to reach a level affordability where the majority of us can start cutting and modifying, and really push the limits on what can be done with these new machines.Until then, if you want a Hinckley Triumph Bobber, but a little strapped for cash, perhaps the previous generation of Triumph Twins are still worth taking look at, all you need is a suitable donor bike and a frame from companies such as Gietl Bikes and Fenland choppers ..happy modding!

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Château de Chantilly, France
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