What better way to celebrate the arrival of a new iconic bike into the country than throw a party? How right Triumph SA were. Gauteng bikers rocked up in their droves to the Val Bonne Country Estate last Sunday for a first look at the much-anticipated, not to mention exquisitely-crafted Bonneville Bobber. And, although this beautiful factory custom ride undoubtedly stole the show, it’s rugged little sibling, the updated Street Scrambler, received plenty of attention too. And yes, just in case you’re wondering, fun was had by all.

There’s just something special about Triumph’s Modern Classic range of two-wheelers that captures a particular kind of biker’s attention. It’s their throaty, rumbling twins that do it for me. Whenever I hear that distinctive sound my right hand always starts twitching – I just want to open the throttle up and go. Then there’s the amazing craftsmanship, high-end trim and exquisite design that pays homage to the brand’s illustrious racing past. In short, you can feast your eyes on these beauties for hours. Oh, and let’s not forget, kitted out with all the latest tech, they’re a heck of a lot of fun to ride, too.

Beautiful classics and custom machines were the order of the day.

That said, Triumph’s all-new Bonneville Bobber is an absolute stunner. Don’t take my word for it, it’s been turning heads and garnering rave reviews everywhere it’s landed since its worldwide launch began. Now it was South Africa’s turn to finally experience this exquisite machine and Triumph SA decided to celebrate the fact in style – throwing a bash at the Val Bonne Country Estate where everyone could come and join in. The eclectic mix of custom and classic Bonnevilles, along with Triumph’s entire current range on display brought enthusiasts out in their droves – in no time the parking lot was full of bikes. The perfect weather, live music, food and craft beer just added to the already festive atmosphere.

Everyone wanted their chance to touch and feel, not to mention try out the Bobber’s distinctive leather saddle.

Finally, the time for the big unveiling arrived. The crowd surrounded the marquee and Triumph SA’s Arnold Olivier, decked out like a true English country gent, whipped of the covers hiding the new bikes; two Bonneville Bobbers and two Street Scramblers, each in different colours. I can’t say pandemonium broke out, Triumph riders are way too classy a bunch for that, but the interest was palpable. Everyone wanted their chance to touch and feel, not to mention try out the distinctive leather saddle. Some dudes just stood there mesmerised, oblivious to the jostling crowd as they contemplated the finer details. You could almost hear their brains ticking over “Hmm, what’s my bank balance again?”

The new Bonneville Street Scrambler had it’s own fan base and was equally well received.

To find out more about Triumph’s all-new Bonneville Bobber and latest Street Scrambler, visit Triumph SA’s Website: www.triumphmotorcycles.co.za

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Sean Woods

Originally a photographer for the Star newspaper in the bad old days, Sean Woods turned to writing after the first democratic elections in '94. The career shift paid serious dividends, culminating in him becoming associate editor for Popular Mechanics magazine with a number of technology writing awards under his belt. His interests include anything to do with boats, motorcycles and all those fancy tech gadgets that help the modern world go around.

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