2009 Triumph Bonneville SE - That '70s Show

A Disco-Days Makeover Marks The Bonneville's 50th Anniversary

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Tom Riles, Brian J. Nelson

Tech Spec
Evolution

The flagship of Triumph's Modern Classic lineup gets fuelinjection, a smaller front wheel and a '70s-inspired makeover.

Rivals
Ducati GT1000, Harley-Davidson Sportster 883, Moto Guzzi V7 Classic.

TECH
Price $8399
Engine type a/o-c parallel-twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 865cc
Bore x stroke 90.0 x 68.0mm
Compression 9.2:1
Fuel system Keihin EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Claimed horsepower 67 bhp @ 9500 rpm
Claimed torque 51 lb.-ft. @ 9500 rpm
Frame Tubular-steel cradle
Front suspension Kayaba 41mm telescopic fork
Rear suspension Twin Kayaba shocks with adjustable spring preload
Front brake Two-piston Nissin caliper, 310mm disc
Rear brake Two-piston Nissin caliper, 255mm disc
Front tire 110/70-R17 Metzeler MEZ4
Rear tire 130/80-R17 Metzeler MEZ4
Rake/trail 27.0 deg./4.2 in.
Seat height 29.1 in.
Wheelbase 57.2 in.
Fuel capacity 4.2 gal.
Claimed dry weight 441 lbs.
Colors Jet Black, Pacific Blue/Fusion White
Available Now
Warranty 24 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact
Triumph Motorcycles America Ltd.
385 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr. #100
Newnan, GA 30265
678.854.2010
www.triumph.co.uk/usa

Verdict 4 stars out of 5
Great looks and even better manners, but 50 years--and an extra 215cc--later can't we get a few more horsepower?

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