Triumph Bonneville History

POSTED: 19/09/2021

Triumph Bonneville - 60 Years of Greatness



The Bonneville is a known legend, progressing with the times and constantly being developed. The T120 was the first-ever Bonneville model, created by Triumph in 1959, and since the creation of this magnificent model, the Bonneville has gone through many different processes to become the models we see today.




Originally taking its name from a 1955 speed record - based in the Bonneville Salt Flats, a Triumph-powered streamliner reached 193.3mph. The "Bonnie" didn't stop there, getting recognition as the highest known performance motorcycle in the world to date in 1959.  




In 1964, Triumph unveiled a brand new model at the Earl's Court Show. This model was the limited edition 650cc Bonneville Thruxton, a factory-modified Bonnie racer. Although slightly more expensive this Bonneville had pretty heavy modifications including valve gear tweaks & lubrication system, revised steering geometry and fork damping, dropped handlebars, and a racing seat. When buying this model, you were buying a piece of history.




Following other tweaks and tunes throughout the years, the Bonneville received a major makeover in 1969. This makeover included upgrades such as improved carburation, smoother power delivery, a new tank badge, altered seat units and a silver colour scheme. Progression for the model didn't stop there as they then went on to incorporate a new mechanical design, doubling the bike's frame as an oil tank in 1971. Due to the model becoming a timeless piece, Triumph has kept the Bonneville among its range for decades.



Although the original T120 model is still available, Triumph has released numerous other Bonneville spinoff models like the Bobber, Scrambler 1200, Speed Twin, Thruxton, Street Scrambler and the 900cc Bonneville T100.

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