is the name given to three motorcycle models from this notable British motorcycle
marque. It is named after the Bonneville Salt Flats
in the state of Utah
, USA, where Triumph and other motorcycle companies made attempts on the world motorcycle speed records. All share a parallel-twin four-stroke engine
configuration. The current version, produced since 2001 by the modern successor of the original company, is a completely redesigned and re-engineered evolution of the original design.
Since the arrival of the current 'Hinckley Bonneville' (produced in Hinckley
), the earlier T120
(produced in Meriden
) have been referred to as 'Meriden Bonnevilles', to more easily distinguish between the versions.
The original Triumph Bonneville was popular (particularly in its early years) for its performance compared with other available bikes. Although its engine
was later enlarged to 750 cc, in the late 1970s and early 1980s sales abroad greatly suffered in competition with more modern Japanese motorbikes from Honda
and other manufacturers. Domestically, however, the T140 remained the best-selling 750 cc motorcycle against more sophisticated Japanese and Italian opposition , picking up the prestigious Motor Cycle News
Machine Of The Year award in 1979.
The original Triumph Bonneville was a 650 cc parallel-twin
(two-cylinder) motorcycle manufactured by......