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Mon, 27 May 2019

Triumph Bobber Build Off: Irn-Bru Bob-BARR. Made in Scotland, from Girders.

Triumph Motorcycles is delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural Triumph Bobber Build-Off custom competition, to showcase the success and beauty of our Bonneville Bobber, and the vast array of personalisation options available, as well as the imagination and skills of the dealers.

On Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th May 2019, Triumph Motorcycles launched the Bobber Build Off project to the audience of the London Bike Shed Show. An incredible array of intricate details, hand-built parts and bespoke jewellery adorned 13 customised Bonneville Bobbers.

The Triumph Glasgow Contender has a theme like no other.
“Irn-Bru Bob-BARR. Made in Scotland, from Girders.”



Triumph Glasgow has taken inspiration from their previous Bobber projects such as 'The GUN' and the 'Supercharged Bobber', as well as their Scottish heritage to create a high quality, one-off custom Bobber.

To start the Bobber Build Off project, Triumph Glasgow researched previous design challenges such as Triumph TFC Builds and The Essence Turbo Bobber, (extra space) and visited the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience for a final burst of inspiration and brainstorming.

Triumph Glasgow's very own Financial Director, Mike Robins, was previously invited by Robin Barr, chairman of Irn-Bru, to the 100-year anniversary of A.G. Barr Irn-Bru, a brand with a long and prosperous heritage similar to Triumph's. They investigated the connection between Triumph and Irn-Bru and noticed their global coverage, heritage and the expansion of these two lifestyle brands were almost identical.

This left Triumph Glasgow with the unanimous theme:
"The Irn-Bru Bob-BARR. Made in Scotland. From Girders".

Martin Rees, Mike Robins, Kerrie Shimmins -  Design and Approvals
Scott Smith - Project Manager
James Sheridan - Technician and Fabrication
Naomi Lauder - Marketing Support
Simon Cochran - Sales and Support

Triumph Glasgow decided to redesign the Bobber using Irn-Bru's most popular symbol of the last 100 years; the strong man holding up iron girders. The aesthetics are designed to appear as a subtle Diet Irn-Bru can, with a polished aluminium look on the tank, created by acid-dipping, vinyl application and coating with 18 layers of lacquer.


The team has incorporated numerous special features to make its Bobber fit into the Irn-Bru inspired design. Additions to the bike such as the bespoke resin faces, the portholes on the tank making it look like it’s running on Irn-Bru, and the custom tin-pull filler cap along with a range of Triumph accessories make this Bobber one of a kind.

Vote for Irn-Bru Bob-BARR by Triumph Glasgow on the Triumph UK Facebook page by liking the photo album. The winner of the competition being announced at the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride event in September. Voting closes Thursday 29th August at 10.00am. Any votes submitted after this time will not be counted.