View Full Version : New Triumph Bonnevilles...

11-24-2009, 02:01 PM
so what's the consensus on the new Triumps, and the Bonneville in particular? Quality, reliability,and remnants of the classic Triumphs? There's a new 2007, at-the-dealer Bonneville here for $6,999. I'm looking at it. I have an 05 Vespa ET4, a 1968 BSA 441 Victor Shooting Star and a 60 Austin Healey BugEye Sprite.

Thanks for opinions, observations, and info.

dave in University City, MO

tony barnhill
11-24-2009, 05:06 PM
New Triumphs are good bikes...myself, I'm looking for a 2003 America......same basic bike but no slab seat.

11-24-2009, 07:15 PM
I've got a 2007 Bonneville Black, bought from the dealer as a 1-year old demo model. I've got two riding season on it and just under 12k miles. Had a few issues with the brake master cylinder leaking right after I brought it home, but all solved under warranty.

It's a really good bike. Ridden it all over Utah, including quite a bit on dirt roads. Get about 150 miles on a tank before you start walking. One of the last true standards -- can do everything reasonably well. Wouldn't hesitate to ride it across country tomorrow (well, other than the fact that it's 34 degrees right now). Took it on 3 camping trips this past season, and innumerable runs over the local passes.

Best thing I can say is that after two seasons of riding I'm not interested in selling it (last two bikes only lasted one season each). I'll eventually move on to something else, but it'll be a while. If you told me this bike would have to see me out, I'd be content.

Folks do lots of modifications to these bikes, but I've only added a few brackets for soft luggage. I like it just fine as is. Fuel range is my only real issue, and that's just because I often wind up in the middle of southern Utah, miles from a town. Most normal folks wouldn't have this issue.

Feel free to post or PM me with any questions.

BTW: It's a nice mate for my '59 Bugeye as well. :smile:

https://www.drooartz.com/woad-local/media/bonnie/bonnie_boy.jpg https://www.drooartz.com/woad-local/media/bonnie/bonnie_bug.jpg https://www.drooartz.com/woad-local/media/bonnie_cliff.jpg

tony barnhill
11-24-2009, 08:15 PM
I'm looking for this one & I'll find it someday at the right price:


11-30-2009, 04:41 PM
Drooartz & Tony:

Mr. Droo.....My BugEye is also English white. Great looking bike too.

Tony...Really like the looks of the one you are seeking.

On Saturday, the dealer was suggesting that the 2010 T100 is quite a bike and it sure does look good. Just shy of $9,000.

So, many vehciles, so few garages.


12-01-2009, 12:12 AM
I'm looking for this one & I'll find it someday at the right price:


Nice bike, but where will you find room to park it.....

12-01-2009, 12:21 PM
Nice bike, but where will you find room to park it.....
I'm sure he can find somewhere... <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

tony barnhill
12-01-2009, 01:21 PM
Right next to this one:


12-01-2009, 08:39 PM
That'd make a really nice pair, Tony.

12-02-2009, 09:11 AM
Tony: You're my hero! What a bike.


tony barnhill
12-02-2009, 11:20 AM
Well, thank you, dave....I love that old Norton also....we're gonna put it back on the road next year once the shop fixes the oil leak into the dry sump....it builds up so much compression that it kicks me harder than I kick it....I've had a bruise on my right foot for over a year from the last time I kicked it!

12-02-2009, 03:14 PM

I know what you mean. My right knee is pretty much painful all the time from kick starting the Victor. Guess I have to start using left leg.

The real bad news is that I'm having hernia surgery in 2 weeks (yes, I'm an old guy)and the doc says that I can't even lift the bonnet of the BugEye for 6 weeks, much less jump up and down on the Beeza. This is one of the reasons I'm looking at those new Triumphs.

Ride on,


tony barnhill
12-02-2009, 03:37 PM
Same for me.....if the Harley guys can push an ignition button, so can I.

12-02-2009, 08:31 PM
Same for me.....if the Harley guys can push an ignition button, so can I.
As much as I love the old tech, the new Bonnie is pretty much gas and go.

12-02-2009, 11:53 PM
OK Tony, since we are posting pictures.


Badgers and electric starters; who needs the stinking things!

12-03-2009, 09:33 AM
Mark: fantastic bike. Saddle bags really complement the whole look.

dave in University City, MO

tony barnhill
12-03-2009, 05:01 PM
Mike, that Bonnie looks nice &amp; you don't look too big for it either....here's me on the Norton:


That's why I want a low slung Triumph, not the Bonneville.

12-05-2009, 09:35 AM
I've been dreaming of a Triumph America for a long time. One of these days...I may break down and get one.

12-05-2009, 09:47 AM
Make a day soon, boss. :smile:

I wanted a Bonnie from the time they came out (2000 ish), but it took me 8 years and two other bikes to get there. The other bikes didn't stay long, and it would have been cheaper to have just bought the Bonnie in the first place.

Gave my wife another chance to say "I told you so" -- so there is that. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

12-07-2009, 02:52 PM
Oh man, those bikes are fantastic. I've thought about a Bonneville for quite some time.

01-05-2010, 07:11 PM
I have a 2002 Bonneville America. I've never had a single problem.

01-08-2010, 12:03 PM
gorgeous bike. Really like the bags and windscreen

tony barnhill
01-08-2010, 01:43 PM
Now, if it was only a 2003 yellow &amp; black!

01-22-2010, 04:41 PM
Not sure if anyone read this but the Bonneville was rated number 48 of the top 100 bikes.

Here is a link

Link to MCN (https://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Top-100-Bikes/top-bikes-41-50/?id=121332)

01-29-2010, 11:24 AM

Where are you? Feel like I knew you personally through the Forum. Really glad I have the photo of you below on the Norton. You were a reliable source of information and always upbeat.


dave in University City, MO

02-14-2010, 01:32 PM
I recently read in Motorcyclist that there is a charging problem with the newest Bonney: seems if the battery voltage drops below 12.6 (!!!!!) volts the computer will not let the ignition fire. Triumph is aware of this, but suggests that it is a dealer set-up problem. The battery must be allowed to sit for 1 hour after adding the initial load of acid and them must be put on a charger for another hour. The idle must then be set to over 1000 rpm and even then it will run down if you drive in stop and go traffic for too long.

02-14-2010, 02:06 PM
Wonder if that's something with the new fuel-injected models. Mine is a carb bike, and never had any charging/starting problems.

02-15-2010, 06:49 PM
Sounds like a Triumph to me.

Some Ghosts of Lucas just cant be exorcised.