Triumph Bonneville Reviews - Page 4 of 4

2005 Triumph Bonneville from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3995 miles
Most recent distance7233 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GS850G

Summary:

A modern, no excuses, classic

Faults:

Nothing, unless you count the front tire (true spoke rims) losing air on the ride home, LOL.

Could use a center stand at the expense of cluttering up the clean looks a bit.

General Comments:

My brother Steve and I had been after one of the new Triumph Bonnie Thuxtons for some time before finding this low mile, U.K. made example in the Portland area.

The classic look, slim waistline, and indescribable sound make me wonder why there aren't many, many more on the road.

The low rise bars can put a little strain on your wrists or back if you were to spend too much time around town. But around town isn't what this bike is about. This slender beauty is meant for back roads. You will want curves just tight enough to be fun, but not so tight as to slow you down and keep you shifting below fourth very often. A little wind over the bars will help take some of the weight off your wrists and back.

In the used market it makes no sense (to me) to settle for less than the T-100 Bonnie. The larger motor, full instrumentation, and two tone paint won't command much more than the cost of a sandwich over the standard model when shopping used.

And if gravity hasn't just yet won its endless war on your posture, the Thruxton, with its lower bars, is even better. The upswept pipes and checkered flag stripe treatment on the tank make this one of those rare bikes that you could put in your living room and just stare at. Your wife would even understand. Okay that's probably not true, but in this age of absurd gas prices, the 40 plus MPG returned by the Bonneville make it an easy sell to the Mrs.

For you and I though, it's something entirely different. It's the intangible. The thing that can't be defined. When you have just returned from a ride down your favorite road and you can't recall the little things that have been eating at you the past week, you'll understand.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2010

2007 Triumph Bonneville from United States of America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2900 miles
Most recent distance6400 miles

Summary:

A great bike with lots of style & character.

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Great ergos & handling.

Controls, clutch are light & easy.

Smooth power in any gear.

Feels solid & well built.

Gets attention wherever we go.

45+ mpg without babying it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2008

1961 Triumph Bonneville from United States of America

Model year1961
Year of manufacture1961
First year of ownership1961
Most recent year of ownership1966
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson Sportster XL 883C

Summary:

I should have never sold it

Faults:

There was a bit of trouble keeping the primary chain (from the motor sprocket to the transmission) adjusted.

General Comments:

Was very nice. We shaved the flywheels, lightened the valve train, changed the cams, lowered the sprocket one tooth, raised the compression ratio to 9.5 to 1, and held on.

Pretty good for a 40 c.i. push-rod twin.

It was extremely fast. Did the 1/4 in 10.5 seconds at 135 mph, but not with me on it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2008

2001 Triumph Bonneville from Canada

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance14500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB750

Summary:

I can't wait for Spring... I love this bike

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong. Everything works, everything fits, runs well in any weather.

General Comments:

This is the best bike I have ever owned. The handling has taught me a lot about riding, in that is so very capable. It cruises at any sane speed, and will run 700 km a day, in complete comfort.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2005

5th Mar 2005, 16:47

I am the proud owner of an '02 Bonneville. It is a very dependable, well-built and agile performer. I have over 7,000 miles on the odometer and have only needed to change it's oil. I'd recommend this bike to anyone who is looking for a modern classic.

7th Sep 2006, 07:31

I've owned a few bonnies, but the only one that really got to me was a 1961 bonnie, lot less vibey than the 750.

Realistic 115mph and needing setting up every weekend, but high level open megas, 1 1/4 gps, 2/3134 cams, 1 tooth up engine sprocket, lightened/balanced crank, Dunlop GP tyres, remote oil tank with tons of neat r40. Terrifying mods as they got passed at about 100mph with 6" to spare by what sounded like a Spitfire plane, and girls with the shortst mini skirts, ohhhhhhh, those were the days.

23rd Mar 2007, 17:15

I've owned both an '03 Bonneville and an '06 Thruxton, and thought they were both terrific bikes! The only complaint I ever had with either and both of them, is that Triumph went cheap on the suspension, and they both seemed to soften up after a few thousand miles. I replaced the original suspension on the bonneville after 4000 miles with progressive's front and back and WOW, it was a totally new bike! The handling and feel of the bike improved dramatically. I highly recommend an aftermarket suspension upgrade as the first and only improvement needed on these bikes.

- TW.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 12 reviews