The Triumph Bonneville Bobber and Bobber Black come with a stylish single seat. And a 1200cc parallel-twin engine with a tune for more power and torque than in the Bonneville itself. So if you’re regularly planning on passengers, Watsonian sidecars now fit the Triumph Bobber range. And somehow the bike and sidecar combination looks pretty cool.
It seems a bit counter-intuitive. The original Bobber custom style was all about removing excess bodywork. It started in the 1930s, mainly on American cruisers. And the ‘bob-job’ style of Harley-Davidson and Indian race bikes were all about stripped down performance. So it’s a little weird that bolting on a sidecar seems to suit the Triumph Bobber range so well.
Watsonian sidecars now fit the Triumph Bobber range due to a kit consisting of four attachment arms. They’re designed and made in the Watsonian factory in the Cotswolds in England. And they’re designed to ensure optimum load paths and triangulation for the sidecar outfit. So your new addition is as stable and secure as possible. Which is good to know when it’s likely to contain friends and family members.
The Watsonian sidecar kit for the Triumph Bobber allows all the outfits in the current range to be fitted to the bike. That means you can choose from the lightweight Meteor at £4,195 up to the wide-body GP700. And it definitely suits the Watsonian Grand Prix pictured above, which has been produced since the 1960s and looks great colour-matched to the Bobber. The Bonneville Bobber fitting kit costs £425. And if you’d rather get professionals to sort it all out, a full factory fitting service is available.
I’ve always preferred stripped down and Bobber style custom bikes. And the Triumph may be a bit more refined than a classic ‘bob-job’. But I have to admit, if I was picking a relaxed and fun bike to ride, and also fancied fitting a sidecar for passengers, the Triumph Bobber or Bobber Black would probably be my choice. It suits an outfit so well, and also means you can keep the single seat for when you don’t want any passengers.