Our editor Bart riding the new 2009 Triumph Bonneville SE.
A restyled yet still iconic Triumph Bonneville SE is hitting North American streets in 2009 with a 1970s retro flair and more nimble handling.
The Bonneville legend was born when Triumph broke the motorcycle speed record at the world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats and became the motorcycle of choice by Hollywood stars of the 1950s and ‘60s. The new Bonneville SE includes all of the features of the 2009 Bonneville as well as a performance-minded tachometer, attractive chromed tank badge and stylish brushed alloy engine casings.
New handlebars bring the controls closer to the rider and a new seat reduces seat height by more than one inch to just 29.1 inches for a more relaxed riding position. Adjustable brake and clutch levers readily adapt to riders of various sizes. New, cast-alloy 17-inch wheels are reminiscent of ‘70s styling and are lighter than the previous year’s model for a more maneuverable and agile ride that inspires confidence in anyone who rides the bike. The Bonneville’s signature parallel twin exhaust note exits megaphone-style mufflers that were popular in that era.
The Triumph has classic styling with modern conveniences and performance technology.
“The Triumph Bonneville has a classic design that stands the test of time, but we also recognize that you can always improve on a good thing,” said Jim Callahan, North American Marketing Manager for Triumph Motorcycles. “The Bonneville SE does that by incorporating a ‘70s retro look that is all the rage and modern technology that provides an even better riding experience.”
Triumph’s venerable 865cc air-cooled parallel twin engine remains the heart and soul of the Bonneville SE. Its 360-degree firing order gives the new Bonneville the engine characteristics of a classic twin, while twin balance shafts and state-of-the-art production techniques ensure 21st century refinement and reliability. Ninety percent of peak torque – a very healthy 51 ft.lbs. at 5,800rpm – is maintained from around 2,500rpm through to the redline, providing smooth and effortless acceleration through all five gears.
The original Bonneville was synonymous with the rebellion and independence of its heyday and became famous along side of Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and other Hollywood legends. Although the latest Bonneville shares the name and timeless looks of the original, it features a modern chassis and fuel-injected engine. The 21st century Bonneville continues to keep its star appeal and counts George Clooney, Nicolas Cage, Pink, Alanis Morrisette and Ewan McGregor among its list of celebrity owners.
The Bonneville SE is available with either Jet Black or two-tone Pacific Blue/Fusion White paint while the Bonneville is available in Jet Black or Fusion White. A new, optional rear luggage rack has also been added to the long list of genuine Triumph accessories.
The 2009 Bonneville and Bonneville SE are now available at authorized Triumph dealers throughout North America.