A legend. It’s something miraculous. Something marvelous. Something that grows in prominence over time. Triumph simply calls it the Bonneville. This legendary motorcycle’s namesake is the desolate Salt Flats of Utah where next to nothing can live, but where the uniquely strong can actually thrive. In the 1950s, a team of motorcycle builders used a Triumph engine to create the fastest motorcycle on earth, took it to Bonneville for testing and proceeded to set a land speed record at 214 mph. A legend was born.
In 1959, Triumph introduced the Bonneville to the buying public. Like the motorcycle that set the speed record, the Bonneville T-120 had a 650cc air-cooled, overhead valve, parallel-twin engine and a four-speed gearbox with a chain final drive. With no modifications, this bike could achieve 115 miles per hour. Before long, it became one of the most popular motorcycles of all time.
Want to see a classic Triumph Bonneville? Visit the London Motorcycle Museum or the Barber Vintage Museum in Birmingham, Ala. The “Bonnie,” as it’s often called, was also part of “The Art of The Motorcycle” exhibition which profiled the most influential bikes of all time and had runs at the Guggenheim museums in New York City, Las Vegas and Bilbao, Spain, as well as the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
Want to see how the Bonneville has evolved? You can visit any Triumph dealer in the world, because the Bonneville is a living legend – as popular today as it was 50 years ago. Sure, it’s been updated with modern amenities and technology, but it’s still built in the same spirit as the all-conquering British twins that ruled the roads in the 1960s. It has style. It has mass appeal. And it has speed. The Bonneville is a legend in its own time.
The limited-edition Bonneville 110th Anniversary Edition, celebrating Triumph’s 110 years of building world-class motorcycles, is in showrooms now. Visit your local dealer to place an order or to set up a test ride, or click here to learn more.
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