American Motorcyclist Association Press Release: The world’s fastest motorcyclists are preparing to put their names in the record books at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the 2013 AMA Land Speed Grand Championships, also known as the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials, Aug. 24-29. By the end of the six-day event, the American Motorcyclist Association will have [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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Airspeed Productions Press Release: In 1967, a pioneering African-American drag racer named Nira Johnson set a land-speed record on his Triumph Bonneville. Without realizing it, Nira inspired a life-long love of American hot rod culture in two French guys: Denis Sire, an artist who used Nira as the basis for a comic book hero; and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Choosing a Triumph is already a bit of an alternative choice, and now there’s an alternative to the alternative for two of the company’s coolest bikes: The Speed Triple and Bonneville will be offered in Special Edition versions for 2013. Bonneville SE Visual enhancements to the Bonneville include a red frame and fenders, with a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Years sold: 2001-present MSRP new: $6999 (2001) to $10,499 (2012) Blue Book retail value: $3795 (2002) to $9390 (2012) Basic specs: A retro-styled, dohc parallel-Twin displacing either 790 or 865cc, depending upon year and model. The Bonneville was introduced in 2001 as a lone 790cc model, had the America cruiser version added in ’02, followed [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Okay, not your typical café bike. But how much more exhaust-pipe wrap can you take? And even the most die-hard ton-up boys would have to admit that Pangea Speed’s “SpeedMaster” is one of the more compelling, if a little strange, speed-inspired custom bikes ever. Builder Andy Carter began with a 2008 Triumph Bonneville powerplant and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Modern Triumph Bonneville and Thruxton parallel-Twins are cooled by both air and oil. As such, they are fitted at the factory with a supplemental oil radiator of, ahem, questionable appearance. Here’s a more-attractive, less-complex and an even-better-functioning option: the In-Frame Oil Cooler ($849; $749 with core exchange). Oil circulates through a replacement 4130-chromoly subframe, which, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
On the Record: Simon Warburton Triumph’s Project Manager talks the past, present and future of the brand.
Our main bike is the Speed Triple. It has been as important to Triumph in the 1990s and 2000s as the Bonneville was to us in the ’50s and ’60s. It was the first bike to define the class [streetfighters or nakeds], and now the Japanese have moved more toward where we are at, with [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Harley-Davidson Iron 883 vs. Honda Shadow RS vs. Triumph Bonneville – Comparison Test Bargain-bin Twins.
Really? Is an $8K motorcycle as low as you can go? Is this what it’s come to? Practically speaking, yes, unless you’re a rank beginner contemplating a Rebel 250 or something (not that there’s anything wrong with that, except that the Rebel 250 is no more). Sure, there are some basic standards for less and, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
I bought Neville in April of 2002 with 6000 miles on it. I’ve since averaged nearly 5000 miles a year, including two round trips from Long Beach to Pleasanton, via highway 101. Otherwise, most of those miles have been on, or getting to, the local twisties. I’d put a deposit on one of the first [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
It’s been rumored for a while, but this grainy photo taken in Wales is proof that Triumph has an all-new jumbo-sized inline-Twin cruiser almost ready for production. In fact, when confronted with the evidence, a Triumph U.K. spokesman was unusually candid. “While we generally don’t comment on potential future models until they are launched, we [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)