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Triumph Bonneville SE

Reviews — August 15,

What if we were to tell you was a bike that combined retro looks with responsive modern handling and The kind of bike you could good on in town, but still in the canyons. Well, that exists in the Triumph Bonneville, but you need to make sure you by the version.

What’s New :

Since the Triumph Bonneville has always sort of been there as a if unexciting retro bike. shiny and affordable, but not the kind of you’d lay awake at night about. For 2010 and on, that’s changed, totally. Triumph tell you that the humble is suddenly one of the most most motorcycles on the market. But, worry, we will.

This is why you really want a Triumph SE.

The first thing anyone notice about the Bonneville is its On the surface, it looks like from the ’60s. Air cooled carburetors, boring old school twin shocks, banana

Take a closer look Are those really carburetors? inside those 41mm Are those 17″ wheels?

All but the most motorcycle enthusiasts will notice these things, but a little time on the bike, and eventually reach the conclusion it’s a modern motorcycle a vintage costume taken grandpa’s closet.

After discontinued in 1988, the Bonneville was in 2001. Fuel injection to American models in 2009, and changes to mapping and engine the next year resulted in a motor that produces smooth power and vibrates enough to let you know it’s The 2001-present bikes are well as evidenced by the steady $4500-$5500 on the used market, but the revised from 2010 on really is a big over carbs.

What’s Good :

Forks and aren’t adjustable for anything but preload, but Triumph did their and got the spring rates and damping The chassis those components are to has a few tricks of its own. Wheelbase is and a very low cg make it feel longer than that.

and trail are 27º/4.2″ don’t very sporting on paper, but combined with a 17×3 wheel and 110 tire, steering and feel are sublime.

Motorcycle don’t publish numbers for length, pivot height and or the position of the countershaft sprocket in to the swingarm. They should because those factors how a motorcycle will handle acceleration. Still, you can tell by looking that Triumph got right.

Want to know makes the Bonneville such a motorcycle to the Harley Sportster? at the swingarm pivot on the Triumph and on the slow, unwieldy, ill-handling (below). See how the Harley’s swingarm is lower than the rear

When you accelerate on a motorcycle, are powerful forces at work the motor and the ground. Power to the rear wheel through the chain and on its way, it tries to the rear wheel into the and compress the rear shocks. the wheel is driven, it pushes on the and tried to squish everything in of it.

The people who design rear for serious motorcycles take rather significant forces account and angle the swingarm so chain pull helps (rather than compress) the end when under acceleration. put the swingarm pivot higher the rear axle for the same Harley Davidson just it all together, calls is “slammed” and no one will notice that the handle poorly and tend to out under acceleration.

Claimed wet weight on the Bonnie is 495 and it feels about that The low center of gravity makes it to handle though and 67bhp an air/oil-cooled 865cc parallel helps it get up to speed fast. Not fast, but you’ll still most sportscars for ….

An 883 weighs 565 pounds and produces a 49bhp.

Riding the Bonneville is It’s impossible not to have idea of what it will be based on looks alone, and you realize how well it performs, be surprised.

Triumph Bonneville SE

Sit-up ergonomics best be described as stately or The banana seat makes it a little dirt bikey, but in the best ways. There’s to move around for both and passenger.

Ride it slow, and it confident and planted. Ride it as as it will go and not much changes.

What’s Bad :

— The bars are of a funny shape and have 1″ more pull-back than like.

-Mirrors don’t stay where you put them. I them off and used a CRG blind-sight my bike.

-495lbs is a lot lighter 565, but there’s no reason bike couldn’t come in 400 with some fancier and generally dropping some of the parts.

-17×3 and 17×3.5 are good but 17×3.5 and 17×4.5,5 or 5.5 would allow use of true tires (footpegs and boots wear out faster though,

-SE model is just polished chrome tank badge, gauges, and different paint.

the SE model isn’t the only in the Bonneville range. But, with the base model, it is the Why? The T100 swaps in a spoked front wheel, two-tone paint, a flat more conservative suspension and higher, narrower, more back handlebars for a $1,400 over the standard Bonneville. it?

Nope. Those mods ruin what’s otherwise a bike, removing both handling ability and feel by unsprung weight and making geometry more conservative. that cash and buy the base or the pretty two-tone SE you see here.

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