A beautiful bike with a lot of tradition, but not for everyone
The following applies only to fuel injected Bonnevilles from 2009 on: ECM will not allow bike to crank or run if battery voltage ever falls below 12.5 volts. The practical upshot of this is, if it's a cold morning, and the battery has dropped from 13.2 to 12.7 volts during the night, you're not getting the motor started without jumper cables, as the voltage drop during cranking will cause the ECM to reset. Since the starter solenoid is also controlled by the ECM, you won't even be able to crank the motor over at this point. This has left me stranded a couple of times, not to mention late for work. I spoke to the dealership and to Triumph UK, and the manufacturer refused to admit that there was a design flaw, and simply recommended I keep the battery on a trickle charger all the time. Thanks a lot, guys...
ECM occasionally gets "ghost" trouble codes on sensors that cannot be tracked down, because they apparently don't exist.
ECM has had to be updated a couple of times with new tuning parameters. Gas mileage improved noticeably.
Every time I wash the bike, the Low Oil Pressure light comes on for a couple days, some kind of wiring short. Really freaked me out the first couple times it happened, but now I ignore it.
This is not a cheap bike to repair. Parts are expensive, they sometimes take a week or two to arrive from England, and diagnosing computer problems requires a dealership (there are no aftermarket code scanners or plug-in diags available for your laptop).
It's a beautiful bike, one that turns heads and gets questions, especially from the older crowd. As one reviewer put it, you may not pick up many young babes, but you will definitely meet a few old men, LOL.
Overall, this is a great bike. It's the first all-brand-new vehicle I've ever bought, and aside from the occasional ECM problems, it has proven very reliable over 20,000+ miles. In retrospect, I wish I had gone with one of the earlier carbureted models, but when the fuel injection is working right (which is most of the time), I can get 50 MPG on the highway at 70+mph.
I go on long road trips, 700 mile weekends, and the bike is a joy to ride through the Texas country. Maintaining 90-100mph on rural country highways is quite easy.
The factory banana seat can get pretty uncomfortable after a couple hundred miles. Between that and the "barstool" riding position, rest breaks are a must every couple hours. The unusual stance takes some getting used to, and you will get leg cramps now and then.
As stated above, this is NOT a cold-weather bike. Unless you can store it in a heated place at home and at work, you will have starting problems from time to time.
It is a tough bike. I've laid it down a few times, been hit by flying road debris, and it suffered only slight damage.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th October, 2012