Triumph Bonneville - a motorcycle with its history, a racer and a movie hero
The history of the motorcycle Triumph Bonneville began in1953, when the car appeared in the American film "Savage", shot by the director Laszlo Benedikom. The main character Johnny Strabler played Marlon Brando, he traveled to the "Triumph". Since the film was about bikers, the motorcycle model also played the leading role, and thus Triumph Bonneville gained wide popularity. Mass production of the model was not yet there, and the film served as the impetus for the beginning of a wide conveyor production. "Bonneville" from the very beginning turned out to be technological and successful from the point of view of design and subsequent assembly, and several impressive records, set on the racing version, marked the prospect of producing a motorcycle for many years to come.
So, the real popularity was waiting for TriumphBonneville a few years later, when on its base began to be created sports, and then racing cars. The engine "Triumph 650" made it possible to reach high speeds on a flat track. At Triumph Bonneville were set several records, the most famous of which belongs to the racer Johnny Allen of the US state of Utah, who in 1956 on a bike called "The Devil's Arrow" showed a speed of 311 km / h. A row two-cylinder engine ran on pure methanol, and the motorcycle itself was equipped with aerodynamic body kits that reduced air resistance. Successfully chosen and a place to check in. It was a salt lake with a perfectly smooth and hard surface.
Another record was set in the next yearGerman Wilhelm Gertz at the same Triumph Bonneville, while the speed was 338 km / h. Johnny Allen responded by passing the distance at a speed of 345 km / h, and in the next six years this record could not be blocked. Only in 1962 the English racer William Johnson reached a speed of 362 km / h on the forced Triumph Bonneville. And finally, in 1966, the unbeaten record of the rider Robert Leppan was recorded, which showed 395 km / h in the motorcycle class to 700 cc / cm.
After that, Triumph's products becameto enjoy increased demand in the US market, and British industrialists in 1959 released a model of a road bike - T120. Model Triumph Bonneville T120 made a real sensation, showing excellent speed and "registering" the arrow speedometer at around 185 km / h. In addition, in 1963, Triumph Bonneville once again starred in the movie, this time in the Hollywood movie "The Great Escape" with Steve McQueen in the title role.
The next model of "Triumph" was the model TriumphBonneville T140 engine with a volume of 724 cc / cm and a power of 62 hp, released in 1972. Due to its outstanding technical characteristics, the T140 successfully competed in the world market with Japanese motorcycles, and in 1979 Bonneville received the title "Motorcycle of the Year" in the competition of the British magazine Motorcycle News. The model was produced before 1988, then the production was stopped and the conveyor was stopped. There was a long pause.
The release of the new generation "Triumph" began in 2001year when the general public saw the Triumph Bonneville 790. A year later the Triumph Bonneville T100 came off the assembly line. Since 2005, Triumph Bonneville motorcycles have been equipped with a new 865 cc / cm engine with a capacity of 64 hp. Until 2008, all Triumph Bonneville engines were carbureted, and then fuel injection became injector.
Currently, the lineup of "Triumph"is represented by three models: Triumph Bonneville Classic, Triumph Bonneville SE, Triumph Bonneville T100. All motorcycles are part of the history of the company and differ in engine power and design "twists", such as the chrome lining on the tank or the location of the tachometer on the dashboard. Modifications of the models allow the customer to choose the coloring of the motorcycle, but only in a two-color version, although this is enough to make Bonneville look extremely exclusive.
Ergonomics or lack of it
The motorcycle has an unusual switch layoutgear, the lever is located high enough, besides it has an unusually large stroke. It would seem that this can be attributed to flaws, but the rider quickly gets used to the "inconveniences". Even the seeming lack of ergonomics, high raised legs and a significant inclination of the hull are perceived as a special style in the management of the machine. This is the specificity of Triumph Bonneville, the characteristics of which speak for themselves.
If the landing is at first glance uncomfortable, then thisit is impossible to say about the helm of the motorcycle - it falls into the hands like a poured in, and the control of the motorcycle is a real pleasure. Unexpectedly, the soft grip can be squeezed out with a light touch to the lever, the accelerator knob is also surprisingly very pliable. The engine reacts in hundredths of a second, and this at a power of 68 horses! Two parallel cylinders work in a perfectly coordinated rhythm.
In general, Triumph Bonneville reviews have inmost of its positive. Of the relative disadvantages of this bikers note only the exhaust system, which overly diligently muffles the sound of the engine, while knocking down its "breath" during afterburner. The unmounted straight-through silencer asks for a motorcycle. But in any case, the Triumph Bonneville motorcycle is an inexhaustible source of pleasure for its owner.