Triumph Bonneville Review & Ratings
- 10 July 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
Triumph Engineering and Triumph Motorcycles manufacture the Triumph Bonneville, and it is a basic motorcycle with an engine of the parallel-twin four-stroke variety. It has been manufactured in three distinct generations with three different production runs. It had one production run from 1959-1983, another from 1985-1988, and a third from 2001 to the present day. This is clearly a popular motorcycle, beloved by riders, and it has stood the test of time and emerged victorious. You could even say that it “triumphed” over slumping sales and lackluster interest (a fate that befalls many motorcycle models).
The first two production runs were by Triumph Engineering, which is a now defunct company located in England. If you look at it, it looks like a typical old English motorcycle at first glance. You could have guessed where and when it was made. If you’re a fan of classic European films, then you would have instantly recognized a motorcycle designed in this style. It is a beautiful vehicle from times past, but, luckily for classic motorcycle riders, there is a model of it available today. Riders can get the best of both worlds in a build that takes from the past and yet incorporates cutting-edge technology and modern features.
Speaking of the Bonneville model available today, the third production run was by Triumph Motorcycles in Leicestershire, and it started in 2001, and it has continued to the present day. People who loved the original motorcycle way back when they were in their teens and 20s can fortunately get the newer model today and use it to relive their glory days. Riders who took these motorcycles on exciting journeys through the city streets of England can do so once again if they just purchase a new model. For a long time, these motorcycles weren’t being made, but fans were excited and overjoyed when the new production run started in 2001 when a new company took over production and manufacturing of the model. The motorcycle has an all-new design, but the spirit and feel of the motorcycle are still present. You can tell that you’re riding a motorcycle that recalls the original Triumph Bonnevile. The new Bonneville model has a strong resemblance to the original series.
What does the name “Bonneville” mean anyway? The name Bonneville comes from the Bonneville Salt Flats, which are located in Utah, in the United States. What is so special about that place that they decided to name such an esteemed motorcycle after it? Well, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA is where Triumph and other motorcycle manufacturers tried to break a world speed record for the motorcycle.
All around the world there are fans of this motorcycle. It isn’t just England that this motorcycle is popular. It has a worldwide fan base, but the company that manufactured it originally was based in England. It clearly has an English style to the design and feel, but it is a world-class motorcycle that can be driven anywhere around the world where a rider is in need of a sturdy, stylish, and sexy English motorcycle.
The original Bonneville was extremely popular in its early years, since it had such a better performance compared to other motorcycles that were in production at the time. However, sales abroad suffered in the 1970s and early 1980s since there was increasing competition from East Asian motorcycle manufacturers. Still, the model retained its popularity in the UK, and it was the best-selling motorcycle brand in 1979 in the United Kingdom. There are several models of the Triumph Bonneville. Check out the new model, the Bonneville 800, from Triumph Motorcycles.