Triumph Bonneville

In 2001, Hinckley Triumph finally re-launched the world famous Bonneville. Steadily, the bike developed a following. But lest we forget, this is how it first appeared...


Triumph Bonneville pros


Engine: Mechanically quiet. Free revving.

Smoothness: Balancers for the 360-degree crank work.

Clutch: Light, smooth, no complaints.

Gears: Also good and positive. Fair spread of power.

Fuel economy: We got a comfortable 55-60mpg all round.

Ease of use: Sit-up-and-beg position is great for town.

Comfort: Generally good all round. Mirrors stay clear.

Accessories: Plenty of bling and trinkets

Maintenance: User friendly. Most stuff handled at home.

Front wheels: 100/90-H19 gives predictable steering.

Rear wheel: 130/80-H17 decent choice of rubber.

Pricing: Kept at rock bottom at around 5200.

Paint: Scarlet Red/silver, or Forest Green/silver. NIce.

Made in England: Nuff said.



Triumph Bonneville cons


Instruments: No rev counter. These came only later.

Exhaust: Header pipe to silencer kink finds few friends

Primary case: Ugly clutch mechanism bulge. Tut, tut.

Saddle: Slabbish. Needs piping and/or duo-toning

Fuel tank: Lacks Meriden-era elegance. Ugly flanges.

Cylinder head: Functional, but maybe a little too smooth.

Handlebars: Too high and wide for faster riding.

Excitement: A little tame for many riders. Needs some pep.

No kickstarter: The Kawasaki W650 fitted one. Electric too.

Brakes: Not the unique selling point, but adequate.

Oil leaks: Occasional weeping at seals and cylinder head.

Sound: Weak exhaust note. Uninspiring.

Air-injection system: Blues the header pipes.

Upkeep: Needs regular cleaning to keep corrosion at bay.






Triumph Bonneville Specifications

Engine: air/oil cooled DOHC twin
Displacement: 790cc
Bore & Stroke: 86 x 68mm
Compression ratio: 9.2:1
Horsepower: 61 @ 7,400 RPM
Torque: 44 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM
Carburetor: 2 x 36mm

Fuel tank: 3.75 gallons (imperial)
Transmission: 5-speed
Final drive: O-ring chain
Ignition: electronic
Frame: mild steel double cradle
Wheelbase: 58.8 inches
Seat height: 30.5 inches
Telescopic fork: 41mm
Rear suspension: Preload only
Front disc: 1 x twin piston caliper
Rear disc: 1 x twin piston caliper
Front tyres: 100/90-H19

Rear tyre: 130/80-H17
Weight (with oils/fuel): 499 lbs



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