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 ‘60s.
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 casings.
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
“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
“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
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!
2009 Triumph Bonneville SE - Specifications
|Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing
90 x 68mm
Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI
X ring chain
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
|Tubular steel cradle
Twin-sided, tubular steel
Aluminum cast alloy, 7- spoke, 17 x 3.0 inch
Aluminum cast alloy, 7-spoke, 17 x 3.5 inch
Kayaba 41mm forks, 120mm travel
Kayaba chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload,
100mm rear wheel travel
Single 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper
Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper
Analog speedometer and tachometer with odometer
and trip information
Fuel Tank Capacity
(Handlebars) 748mm (29.4in)
16.0 liters (3.5 gal / 4.2 US gals)
Maximum Power 68PS / 67bhp / 50kW @ 7500rpm
Maximum Torque 69Nm / 51ft.lbf @ 5800rpm
(Measured at crankshaft to DIN 70020)