2012 Triumph Bonneville

In case you didn’t know, the Triumph Bonneville , considered the most iconic Triumph motorcycle of all time, was named after the Bonneville Salt Flats, the site where Triumph broke numerous land speed records in the 1950s. As a tribute to their achievements, Triumph introduced the Bonneville back in 1959 and since then, the model has been considered one of the most famous and most popular bikes on the planet.

Today, the Bonneville is alive and well and it combines the style and spirit of those famous bikes of the 1970s with modern engineering to create a classic British twin for the 21st century rider.

The 2012 Bonneville comes with a low 29.1" seat height that makes it accessible to motorcyclists of all ages and experience. Short fenders and stylish chrome megaphone exhausts are also part of the old-school look, as are the lightweight 17" cast alloy wheels that make the bike agile and easy to ride. For the Bonneville SE model, riders will get an added tachometer, chromed tank badge, and brushed alloy engine cases for added practicality and an even more classic look. As far as color options are concerned, the standard model features metallic paint with Phantom Black and Aurum Gold options. The Bonneville SE is available in Phantom Black or two dual-color alternatives: Intense Orange with Phantom Black or Pacific Blue with Fusion White.

Beneath the retro looks lies a very current and usable motorcycle that features an 865cc air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing interval engine that produces a healthy 67 brake horsepower and 50 lb/ft of torque, giving the modern-day Bonneville a peppy performance that is at home both in the city and on the open road.

Find out more about the Triumph Bonneville after the jump.

Triumph Bonneville/Bonneville SE

Triumph Bonneville
  • Modern interpretation of classic British parallel twin
  • Low seat height for accessible and manageable ride
  • Cast alloy wheels contribute to agile handling and authentic 70s look
  • SE version offers higher specification and two-tone paint option
  • Two-year unlimited mileage warranty as standard

Engine and Transmission

Triumph Bonneville
TypeAir-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing interval
Bore/Stroke90 x 68mm
Fuel SystemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI
ExhaustStainless steel headers, twin chromed upswept silencers
Final DriveX ring chain
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Oil Capacity4.5 litres (1.2 US gals)

Chassis Running Gears and Displays

Triumph Bonneville
FrameTubular steel cradle
SwingarmTwin-sided, tubular steel
FrontCast aluminium alloy 7-spoke 17 x 3.0in
RearCast aluminium alloy 7-spoke 17 x 3.0in
Front110/70 R17
Rear130/80 R17
FrontKayaba 41mm forks, 120mm travel
RearKayaba chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload,
100mm rear wheel travel
FrontSingle 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper
RearSingle 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper
Instrument Display/
BonnevilleAnalogue speedometer with odometer, trip information and clock
Bonneville SE Analogue speedometer and tachometer with odometer,
trip information and clock
Bonneville SEAnalogue speedometer and tachometer with odometer,
trip information and clock

Dimensions and Capacities

Triumph Bonneville
Length2115mm (83.2in)
Width790mm (31.1in)
Height without mirrors1130mm (44.5in)
Seat HeightSeat Height 740mm (29.1in)
Wheelbase1490mm (58.6in)
Fuel Tank Capacity16 litres (4.2 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride)225kg (495lbs)

Performance and Fuel efficiency

Triumph Bonneville
Maximum Power68PS / 67bhp / 50kW @ 7500rpm
Maximum Torque68Nm / 50ft.lbs @ 5800rpm
City43 MPG
Highway57 MPG


Ultimate Motorcycling----"Handling is in line with the modest power output. The 17-inch wheels are shod with narrow, higher profile tires (110/70 front; 130/80 rear) that emphasize comfort over pure performance, which is in line with the Bonneville’s intended mission. Back home in the Santa Monica Mountains, the SE is a pleasure in the tighter confines, just so long as you do not push too hard."

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