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Then and now: Triumph Bonneville

1968 Triumph Bonneville T120 USA specification
1968 Triumph Bonneville T120 USA specification
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Triumph is one of the most well known motorcycle manufactures around the world. They produce a variety of motorcycles, including the Bonneville, which has been in production on and off for 40 years. Over time, the Bonneville has changed slightly in appearance, but it still has the iconic look of a classic sport bike. Perhaps the most notable changes are those to the equipment. More power, better brakes and smarter suspension are all welcome changes to the Bonneville and are expected for a model that has been so popular for so long.

Triumph says that the Bonneville stands for freedom, open roads and independence. Essentially the Bonneville is a half-century of heritage that can be bought brand new. Triumph has the right idea. Producing modern motorcycles which look, feel and evoke the same feeling as the originals is the mantra of Triumphs’ classic division.

Not to mention the price of a new Bonneville is an affordable $8,000. A 1969 Bonneville will cost around $5,000 on eBay.

It is fair to do a comparison between then and now, and see the differences between a 1969 Bonneville and a 2014 model.

1969 Specs:

  • Horsepower: 49
  • Displacement: 649cc
  • Transmission: four speed
  • Weight: 363 pounds

2014 Specs:

  • Horsepower: 50
  • Displacement: 865cc
  • Transmission: five speed
  • Weight: 496 pounds

As the basic specification comparison shows, the 1969 Bonneville has roughly the same horsepower, one less gear and weighs 133 pounds less than a 2014. Aside from reliability and more top speed, why buy a 2014 when the classic appears to be the better deal?

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