Triumph Bonneville

Enjoy Power, Style, and Classic Charm on a Triumph Bonneville

The Triumph Bonneville is a classic line of motorcycles known for retro, stylish looks and laid-back charm. Competing with some heavy hitters in its category, the Bonneville's aesthetics and seating style make the bike unique. You can find a range of classic Triumph Bonnevilles on eBay, priced to suit all budgets.

The characteristic features of the Triumph Bonneville

Besides classic styling and sophisticated design features, Bonnevilles are known for their build quality, ergonomics, and rideability. The original release was based on the Triumph Tiger T110 and came with a pre-unit construction engine that could reach 155 mph. Later T120 models included an oil-in-frame engine, as well as additional bracing at the swing arm and steering head. With new variants cropping up regularly along with quality aftermarket goodies, the Bonneville Triumph has always appealed to fans of customisation.

Triumph Bonneville variants and release dates

Each version of the Triumph Bonneville was given suffix letters that denoted the exact model. With different engine capacities, the models and release dates are as follows:

  • T120 Bonneville (1959): 650cc; variants include T120R, T120C, T120TT, T120RV, and T120V.
  • T140 Bonneville (1973): 750cc; variants include T140V, T140RV, T140J, T140E, and T140D.
  • New Bonnevilles (2000-2015): 790cc to 865cc; variants include Bonneville 790, SE, T100, Thruxton, Scrambler, America, and Speedmaster.

Triumph Bonneville model updates

Between 2016 and 2018, Triumph came up with a handful of new bikes, which are the updated versions of existing models. The models that have had a revamp during this period include the Bonneville T120, T100, Thruxton, Bobber, Scrambler, Street Twin, and Speedmaster. Compared to their predecessors, these updated models come with better engine displacements, torque, cooling systems, suspension, brakes, and all benefit from ergonomic improvements.

Which Triumph Bonneville bike models are designed for cruising?

The America and Speedmaster models are very popular amongst cruise riders. The Speedmaster is based on the America and brings a few additional features of its own including, but not limited to, a slightly different steering geometry. Nevertheless, compared to other Bonneville bikes, the America, in particular, has cruiser-like features, such as:

  • An extended wheelbase, which makes the bike longer overall.
  • A lowered saddle.
  • Increased angle of the steering head rake.
  • A bigger fuel tank and extended side panels.
  • Footrests strategically positioned to create a cruise-comfortable riding stance.