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
- 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
|Type||Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing interval|
|Bore/Stroke||90 x 68mm|
|Fuel System||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI|
|Exhaust||Stainless steel headers, twin chromed upswept silencers|
|Final Drive||X ring chain|
|Oil Capacity||4.5 litres (1.2 US gals)|
Chassis Running Gears and Displays
|Frame||Tubular steel cradle|
|Swingarm||Twin-sided, tubular steel|
|Front||Cast aluminium alloy 7-spoke 17 x 3.0in|
|Rear||Cast aluminium alloy 7-spoke 17 x 3.0in|
|Front||Kayaba 41mm forks, 120mm travel|
|Rear||Kayaba chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload,
100mm rear wheel travel|
|Front||Single 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper|
|Rear||Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper|
|Bonneville||Analogue speedometer with odometer, trip information and clock
Bonneville SE Analogue speedometer and tachometer with odometer,
trip information and clock|
|Bonneville SE||Analogue speedometer and tachometer with odometer,
trip information and clock|
Dimensions and Capacities
|Height without mirrors||1130mm (44.5in)|
|Seat Height||Seat Height 740mm (29.1in)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||16 litres (4.2 US gals)|
|Wet Weight (ready to ride)||225kg (495lbs)|
Performance and Fuel efficiency
|Maximum Power||68PS / 67bhp / 50kW @ 7500rpm|
|Maximum Torque||68Nm / 50ft.lbs @ 5800rpm|
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."