With its low seat, easy-to-reach bars and well placed footpegs the Triumph Bonneville makes a pleasant motorcycle to ride for an hour or three. The handling's sweet with the 19-inch front wheel swinging nicely under your control. The single front disc brake needs a good pull to bring the bike to a stop, later models have improved power and feel.
For a smooth, no hurries, no worries motorcycle the 900 Bonneville is hard to beat. The twin cylinder DOHC motor pulls nicely enough, though it’d be a crime not to fit slightly noisier aftermarket pipes as this nicely embellishes the whole Bonneville experience as well as giving a healthy boost to the mid-range. The 865cc fuel injected versions (2008 on) have a little more grunt and are the ones to go for. It's also a motorcycle that is easy on oil and easy to service at home. Nice.
The finish of the Triumph Bonneville can go off quickly if a rigorous cleaning schedule isn’t adhered to, especially with all that lovely brightwork. This is one motorcycle that benefits from cossetting.
The 900cc Bonneville's low state of tune means chains go unstretched, oil goes unburned, tyres go unworn and insurance costs are low. Bonnevilles tend to depreciate slower than similar machines from rival manufacturers too.
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The original model 790cc Bonneville was equipped with traditional wire wheels and twin carburettors. From 2008 the fuel injection was introduced and the engine was increased in capacity to 865cc. Cast alloy wheels (on some models) made an appearance in 2009.
Triumph introduced it's own line of aftermarket Bonnie accessories in 2006 including seats, engine covers and panniers but there are now hundreds of companies worldwide producing Bonnie parts.