2009 Triumph Bonneville SE First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Triumph Bonneville 900
Triumph Bonneville 900

2009 Triumph Bonneville SE Ride

The 2009 Triumph and Bonneville SE (above) join the T100 model to headline the manufacturer’s Modern Classic

In 1959 Triumph celebrated its top speed exploits on the famed Bonneville Flats by affixing the Bonneville on an all-new motorcycle model. forward a half-century and the British has endured rises and falls, and the Bonneville endured too. An motorcycle from Triumph’s the Bonneville remains a flagship anchoring the English firm’s Modern Classic lineup.

revamps the classic line for by equipping its 865cc Parallel with electronic fuel Along with a handful changes, the British brand expands the Bonneville model to three. Motorcycle USA was on hand for the Classic press launch, the retro wares in New Orleans.

Triumph Bonneville SE

Defining the in modern motorcycling terms is 50 years ago it was cutting edge in present trim it falls between cruiser and standard. The recent incarnation of the Bonnie, the (2001 – present), is a modern of the 1968 Bonneville and has proven popular with older

Motoring through the French the Bonneville SE is well suited to use as an cruiser.

riders looking for the they rode in their youth. But Triumph is also the entry-level crowd too, Triumph Marketing Manager Jim describing the model as “one of the accessible Triumphs.” Enhancing accessibility are the new Bonneville and Bonneville SE.

The difference between the standard and the SE is mostly cosmetic, with the SE a fuel-tank badge with pinstripe and aluminum engine A tachometer is also added to the SE After straddling the Bonneville SE in the New French Quarter, however, the from the T100 version are concrete.

The new Bonnies change in two significant ways, wheel and riding position.

Seven-spoke wheels replace the more looking 19-inch wire-spoke Aiding in the handling department, the hoops also offer a wider tire selection our test units sporting ME24 rubber (110/70 130/80 rear). Seat has been lowered 1.4 inches to thanks to the smaller wheels, a of rear suspension travel by 6mm and a new of the seat itself – the foam reduced.

The handlebars are relocated further back and 21mm reducing the reach for smaller-statured who are sure to appreciate the lowered Other changes include the of fenders borrowed from its and Scrambler siblings, as well as the exhaust pipes – which the T100’s pea-shooters but still room for luggage, as many owners use their rides for touring duties.

The Bonneville and seat have been to make the entry-level cruiser more accessible.

Although our frame felt cramped the pegs and bars, the riding seems ideal for smaller Our brief riding time us suspicious of the new seat’s comfort however, feeling stiff and cush than expected. brake and clutch levers are a feature and the mirrors have moved out to provide better of behind.

The instrument display with speedometer fits in with the vibe of the Bonneville and the SE version, analog tach to match the looks best.

In practice the new makes for a fine urban Darting up and down the historic of the French Quarter, the first of the new Bonneville is how light and small it is – Triumph’s claim that the new and fenders contribute a 19-lb loss. The sensation makes it easy it is to ride, at lower in particular.

Aided by its light pull and the precise 5-speed the Bonneville makes a successful as the ideal entry-level mount in the arsenal.

Cutting through on the larger surface streets and we head eastbound on Highway 90 en to Mississippi’s gulf coast. The wheels do make the new models light and quick and the 865cc flutters along without

Undergunned compared to the typical powerplant on American roadways, the Parallel Twin is still a fun The power is quite easy to again ideal for the entry-level With a respectable lower we found ourselves parking the in the upper half of the revs 4000rpm and the 7000rpm redline to advantage of some top end zip.

injection on the Bonneville and Modern lineup was developed with with Triumph packaging the into a twin carb

The Modern Classic’s headlining to electronic fuel injection to EPA emission regs, the new system to be five times cleaner the older carbureted version EFI promising better fuel too). Triumph introduces EFI a twist, however, packing the into a twin carb – with functional two-stage choke lever. Knowing the EFI was a new fuel tank was intro’d in with room for the fuel

Developed with Keihin and by Triumph the electronic fueling near seamless power — the only nit to pick a slight jerk of hesitation briskly re-applying throttle rolling off.

Sound will not be an issue for the polite of the Bonnie, unless riders choose one of the exhaust options from The partnership between Triumph and the firm has expanded into the Classic lineup and the bombastic of the Bonnies sporting Arrow and 2-into-1 systems are character to say the least. The systems deliver up to a 60% savings on the stock pipes.

And we’re told peak claims aren’t much with the addition, first-hand of the pipes confirms the powerband beefier.

The Bonneville SE is a very bike to ride, making it suited to its entry-level and returning-rider

Heading into the bayous the coast, there aren’t any worth evaluating the Trumpet’s abilities, just a couple in the road to wiggle through. thunderstorm warnings squash intentions and cut our ride day short. All we can say for is the 41mm Kayaba fork and rear shocks are not adjustable, for rear preload, with and other significant road accompanied by a harsh jar on more one occasion.

The dual-disc (one front, one braking system is more adequate. The single 310mm front delivers a confident and the floating 2-piston Nissin are effective but not grabby. The 225mm also pinched by a two-piston unit, performs its ratio of the equation rather well.

The lines of the new Bonnies deliver in the department, at least in our opinion. The caveat is the faux carb less clever the longer we it… but, hey, we’re to complain. Overall, the new Bonneville is a mount, one we enjoyed immensely.

Our regret is not enough time in the for a more thorough evaluation.

Triumph Bonneville 900
Triumph Bonneville 900

The Bonneville is available in black and retailing for $7,699. The SE is available in all or two-tone blue and white, an $8399 asking price.

The Bonneville T100 plods with more retro sourcing the 1968 Bonneville as styling

2009 Triumph Bonneville

The Bonneville T100 stays in the lineup because it’s a model and aesthetically, the eldest does claim higher in the authentic looks department – because of the spoked wheels and cans. Take away the EFI and the T100 is mostly unchanged 2008, with a few tweaks, chrome engine covers and fork gaiters. The T100 is available in a limited 650-production run of a anniversary edition.

Sampling both the T100 its siblings back to back, the are apparent. The larger spoked wheels do affect handling, the smaller Bonnie quicker to in. Riders close to or cresting the mark may prefer the T’s handlebar and higher seat, as we did.

reps tell us that owners are quite loyal to machines, often replacing identical units after their old Trumpets into the Riders wishing to stick the older aesthetics of the T100 for will have to shell out

The sportier ergos of the Thruxton its Bonneville sibling, but a new handlebar mellows out the riding position of it predecessor.

2009 Triumph

What a difference the handlebar and a more aggressive riding make! After jumping off the SE we were at the helm of the Triumph café racer for only a few but they were the most of the whole ride. The Thuxton’s riding position is fun in small but as one test rider quipped – the you race between should be than 10 miles apart, comfort is not the Thruxton’s forte.

said the new 2009 handlebar risers is far less severe the predecessor’s clip-ons and the riding is at least bearable.

The green Scrambler with Arrow pipes was much during out press launch

Certainly many riders be happy to sacrifice comfort for the lines and better performance of the – particularly if they select the Arrow-piped we sampled. Future owners love the Thruxton’s Arrow but their neighbors will not – is doubly true if the easily internal dB killers “accidentally” out. The 2009 Thruxton is for $8,599 in Jet Black or Tornado

2009 Triumph Scrambler

out the 2009 Modern Classics is the Scrambler. Sourcing the same EFI as its siblings, the Scrambler just like a fun machine. The military scheme and 2-into-1 Arrow adorning the test unit in our group was often bickered when it came time for swaps.

Again, our time the Scrambler was limited but the upright and high bar deliver a great feel and the Scrambler’s tires riders flirt with the of dirt roads. It’s the adventurous of the Triumph classic and a lot of fun to ride. The Scrambler costs bone stock and is available in Jet and Matte Khaki Green.

Triumph Bonneville 900
Triumph Bonneville 900
Triumph Bonneville 900
Triumph Bonneville 900
Triumph Bonneville 900
Triumph Bonneville 900
Triumph Bonneville 900


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