Triumph Bonneville SE
Triumph Bonneville SE: 1970's Retro Styling and Nimble
Handling for Triumph's Icon
Specifications and More Photos Below
Bonneville SE Review!
April 10, 2009 – A restyled yet still iconic Triumph Bonneville
SE is hitting North American streets in 2009 with a 1970s retro
flair and more nimble handling.
The Bonneville legend was born when Triumph broke the motorcycle
speed record at the world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats and became
the motorcycle of choice by Hollywood stars of the 1950s and
The new Bonneville SE includes all of the features of the
2009 Bonneville as well as a performance-minded tachometer,
attractive chromed tank badge and stylish brushed alloy engine
New handlebars bring the controls closer to the rider and
a new seat reduces seat height by more than one inch to just
29.1 inches for a more relaxed riding position.
Adjustable brake and clutch levers readily adapt to riders
of various sizes. New, cast-alloy 17-inch wheels are reminiscent
of ‘70s styling and are lighter than the previous year’s model
for a more maneuverable and agile ride that inspires confidence
in anyone who rides the bike.
The Bonneville’s signature parallel twin exhaust note exits
megaphone-style mufflers that were popular in that era.
“The Triumph Bonneville has a classic design that stands
the test of time, but we also recognize that you can always
improve on a good thing,” said Jim Callahan, North American
Marketing Manager for Triumph Motorcycles.
“The Bonneville SE does that by incorporating a ‘70s retro
look that is all the rage and modern technology that provides
an even better riding experience.”
Triumph’s venerable 865cc air-cooled parallel twin engine
remains the heart and soul of the Bonneville SE. Its 360-degree
firing order gives the new Bonneville the engine characteristics
of a classic twin, while twin balance shafts and state-of-the-art
production techniques ensure 21st century refinement and reliability.
Ninety percent of peak torque – a very healthy 51 ft. lbs.
at 5,800rpm – is maintained from around 2,500rpm through to
the redline, providing smooth and effortless acceleration through
all five gears.
The original Bonneville was synonymous with the rebellion
and independence of its heyday and became famous along side
of Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and other Hollywood legends.
Although the latest Bonneville shares the name and timeless
looks of the original, it features a modern chassis and fuel-injected
engine. The 21st century Bonneville continues to keep its star
appeal and counts George Clooney, Nicolas Cage, Pink, Alanis
Morrisette and Ewan McGregor among its list of celebrity owners.
The Bonneville SE is available with either Jet Black or two-tone
Pacific Blue/Fusion White paint while the Bonneville is available
in Jet Black or Fusion White. A new, optional rear luggage rack
has also been added to the long list of genuine Triumph accessories.
The 2009 Bonneville and Bonneville SE are now available at
authorized Triumph dealers throughout North America. To find
your local Triumph dealer, please visit
Triumph Bonneville SE Review!
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2009 Triumph Bonneville SE
Engine and Transmission
|Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin,
360º firing interval
90 x 68mm
sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI
X ring chain
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
|Tubular steel cradle
Aluminum cast alloy, 7- spoke,
17 x 3.0 inch
Aluminum cast alloy, 7-spoke, 17
x 3.5 inch
41mm forks, 120mm travel
Kayaba chromed spring
twin shocks with adjustable preload,
Single 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston
Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston
Analog speedometer and tachometer
and trip information
Dimensions and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity
16.0 liters (3.5 gal / 4.2 US gals)
68PS / 67bhp / 50kW @ 7500rpm
69Nm / 51ft.lbf @ 5800rpm
(Measured at crankshaft
to DIN 70020)