By: Mark Infield
On December 14th, Select Cycle entertained hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts at HQ Greensboro for the unveiling of the Triumph Bonneville Bobber. This was not a stand-alone event, but one of 50 venues across the US and Canada that Triumph chose for a presentation of new Triumph models showcasing the 2017 Bonneville Bobber.
The venue for this event was in a renaissance area of Greensboro that might cater to the younger set. It was quaint, warehouse, and quite nice. Parked outside was a line of new Triumph motorcycles and signage that assured you that this was the place.
Upon entering this “invitation only” event our reservations were confirmed and the room opened up to reveal several Triumph models situated around the room. A green Triumph Thruxton took center stage with a lovely model perched upon it. With its 1200cc power plant, it commanded your attention. The more traditional T100 in Intense Orange and New England White was parked next to the trendy T100 Black, which sports blacked-out engine covers, peashooter exhausts and rims. It is available with either gloss Jet Black or Matte Black. Both are powered by the 900cc parallel twin. Other models were still under cover awaiting their special moment.
Hors D'oeuvres were being served and beer and wine were available along with soft drinks. A guitarist, who was quite talented, filled the room with contemporary music. In the back corner Marte’s Barber Shop was setup and giving haircuts. It was an interesting crowd of people in attendance
Soon enough the staff of Select Cycle was introduced and the presentation began with the T100s. Models posed on the bikes and gave everyone an opportunity for a photo op. The next to be unveiled were two Triumph Sport Cup models, a café racer styled bike. One was Racing Yellow and Silver Ice. The other was Jet Black and Silver Ice. Both are powered by the liquid-cooled, 900cc “high torque” parallel twin. Next was the Triumph Street Scrambler in Matte Khaki Green. It is a single seat bike featuring an interchangeable pillion seat and aluminum rear rack with large lug multi surface tires and high mounted right side twin exhaust pipes.
As is only fitting for a hot rod like the Bobber, its entrance was predicated with a loud, long burnout in the street before John Hill, owner of Select Cycles, rode her into the building. Embodying the purest essence of the 1200cc Bonneville T120, it delivers all the hallmarks of a real bobber; clean lines and low stance, single seat, wide flat bars, minimal bodywork and headlight, sculpted tank, wire spoked wheels, with wide rear wheel and that all important hard tail look. The 2017 Triumph Bobber was a hit with everyone in attendance!
It is a stunner of a motorcycle and if you would like one, I encourage you to visit Select Cycles at 430 N. Eugene Street in Greensboro, NC or you can give them a call at 336-271-4774. More information is available at www.SelectCycles.com.
Triumph, John Hill, and the staff of Select Cycle went out of their way to deliver a great show and a nice evening. I believe that it is an indication of what you can expect in terms of attention to detail and personal service that you will receive every time you visit Select Cycle.