2009 Triumph Bonneville SE Road Test Rider Magazine Reviews

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Triumph Bonneville SE
Triumph Bonneville SE

2009 Triumph Bonneville SE Test

photography by Riles

[This 2009 Triumph SE Road Test was originally in the August 2009 issue of magazine]

2009 Triumph SE

Just the other day I was lamenting how so motorcycle companies seem to be the bigger/faster/more powerful game, bikes that are ever complex, heavier and more To get out of this whirlwind I bought, in a used 1976 BMW R75/6, an slow, low-tech dinosaur. though its technology and performance have remained constant everything else’s has improved it’s still a kick to whenever I want a relaxing of pace.

In the last few weeks, I have come to appreciate guys like me are perfect for the new Triumph Bonneville SE . a bike combines old-time style, and lightness with modern such as good brakes, smoothness and reliability—and none of pesky starting problems or oil

Triumph has been offering its classics” for several years The latest Bonnevilles, including the new SE we here, have been a ’70s styling treatment and chassis updates including new cast wheels, new fenders and the exhausts from the Thruxton Other changes include a that brings the grips to the rider, and the seat has been by an inch.

What sets it apart is the SE model includes a tachometer, tank badges and brushed engine cases.

2009 Bonneville SE left side

Its is the right shape and that badge helps evoke its from back in the day, and its headers have turned just as I remember them. the instruments remind one of the old Smiths on the bikes of old, gone is the that was sunk into the headlight shell.

The Bonneville SE is by an air-cooled, DOHC parallel engine that, with a and … of 90 x 68mm, displaces This results in a very big-bore/short-… configuration that our test bike to rev to 8,000 It features four valves per and utilizes a 360-degree crankshaft with twin balancer to keep it running smoothly.

in the Triumph lineup the America and cruisers (along with the utilize a 270-degree crankshaft to them a sound more with what people in a market dominated by V-twins. drive on all these models is by chain. An oil cooler helps the SE some of the BTUs generated by its and it’s all hung within a cradle frame with swingarm.

The headlight is one of those units with a clear and faceted reflector, and the ignition is located on the left headlight Deploy the fast-idle lever on the side of the engine, hit the starter and twin Keihin multipoint electronic fuel injectors are cleverly disguised to look carburetors) squirt in the proper of fuel as the bike starts

Motor generates a pleasant and throttle bodies look carburetors.

Within a mile I was off the two-stage fast-idle lever as the had warmed. Both the brake and cable-actuated clutch lever are with four-position adjustment and clutch pull is moderate. Its transmission shifts cleanly and and with the megaphone-style mufflers the produces a pleasant (though not thrumming sound.

Triumph its own aftermarket pipes that a more mellow sound.

I never liked how on some Bonneville models the exhaust pass below the motor, rise again and make a bend before joining the (thus providing them more cornering clearance). On the Triumphs the pipes took a line to the mufflers. I’m happy to that because of its Thruxton the SE’s pipes flow back, and do not need additional clearance.

Despite their low placement the only thing I down in a day of aggressive riding on my winding road was the edges of my

With a wheelbase of 57.2 and rake/trail figures of 27 degrees and 4.2 the Bonneville SE feels stable and not at all twitchy like some or lazy like a cruiser. that day of aggressive riding I the Triumph as hard as I dared and that the engine generates (if not strong) power as its tach climbs rather lazily 2,500 to 8,000 rpm, its power is instantly cut by the ignition

A trip to the Jett Tuning dyno revealed that parallel twin has a flat curve and is already churning out lb-ft of torque at 2,600 rpm at the wheel, and it remains above figure all the way to 7,600 rpm, its peak coming at 44.7 at 6,500 rpm. In terms of the Bonneville is making 40 horsepower by rpm, 50 by 6,000 rpm and peaks at horses at 7,400 rpm.

The inclined will note by today’s standards, this is understated power as any self-respecting four-cylinder sportbike will out more than 100 rear-wheel and will leave the Triumph in its pints. Still, with a wet of just 500 pounds the agile is fun to ride—so long as your of fun does not include tire-smoking and block-long wheelies.

Analog and tach have a classic look.

Suspending duties are handled by a 41mm Kayaba fork 4.7 inches of travel, but no adjustments. the rear is a set of very ’70s Kayaba twin shocks chromed springs and bodies, and adjustable only for spring While the front suspension is damped and controlled, the rear only 3.9 inches of suspension is poorly damped, and hammers the on abrupt bumps.

By replacing the front wheel from models with a 17-inch the steers more quickly, the smaller diameter wheel offer a slightly less ride. The original Meriden were offered in the late with optional Morris mag so cast wheels are by no means an for Bonnies.

Triumph Bonneville SE
Triumph Bonneville SE

A more practical for cast wheels is that a spoke wheel rim cannot be sealed because of its spoke so Bonneville models so equipped to run with tubes that are more vulnerable to flats. with cast wheels, as the SE, run tubeless tires. Upon a nail a tubeless tire often capture the offending partially sealing the hole, and not go flat for quite some

Triumph fitted the SE with a set of radials. an MEz4 front and rear. You can forget about all wide tire nonsense the cruiser and sporty guys as the rubber is a 110/70-17 and a 130/80-17, adequate for the use.

Triumph has also equipped the SE proper brakes, a single 310mm disc squeezed by a two-piston Nissin caliper, and a rear disc with two-piston caliper. While we normally think of two-piston as delivering impressive braking the front was surprisingly powerful and secure stops, and the rear is a complement to it.

Triumph accessories a passenger backrest and leather Below: Seating position high pegs and more grips.

The grips were properly for my 6-foot frame, as the pegs, but while the flat looks very retro its leaves much to be desired. Triumph, but to describe the seat I have to liken it to a block of upon which someone had slices of bread, one slice While initially soft to the once you plunk your aboard you immediately squash the bread and contact the wood.

The tank holds 4.2 gallons of a 89-octane gas, and during our it ladled it to the engine at a rate of a for every 45.2 miles. I was surprised that during my day of aggressive riding the bike turned more than 47

Riding a classic-style Triumph you’re never invisible, and at the hangout it inspired both a lot of and positive feedback—except from my Carl who owns an actual Trump. He pooh-poohed the blacked-out in favor of the brighter version came on the originals. It just to show that you can’t them all.

If you’re more interested in a bike than profiling on and in a mellow experience rather straddling a fire-breathing monster more power than ever likely use, the Bonneville SE has the right size and and certainly the right classic to start a conversation at any bike The SE is available in Jet Black or two-tone Blue with Fusion for $8,399, and will certainly you a lot of attention while providing a and mellow ride.

2009 Bonneville SE Specifications

Base $8,399

Warranty: 2 yrs. miles


Type: transverse parallel twin


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