In our second installment this week of November’s 2016’s Ride of the Month nominations, we feature the 2013 Triumph Bonneville presented by nominee Larry Felton. Here is some general information about the motorcycle.
Note: This is not information about the actual motorcycle nominated for November’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the ride itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual motorcycles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.
The Triumph Bonneville has been one of the most recognizable names in the world of motorcycles for more than half a century, but the past few decades have not always been kind to the Bonnie. After a series of false starts and failed revivals, Triumph finally hit its stride again in the 2000s with a new Bonneville that merged the line’s classic styling with modern engineering. The 2013 Triumph Bonneville is a prime example, and it represents a big step in the resurgence of a once-revered name.
With a name that recalls the heady days of speed runs and world-record attempts at the vast, desolate Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah, one might expect the Triumph Bonneville to be all about raw power. It’s true that the 865cc transverse parallel-twin engine delivers plenty of power, especially considering the bike’s svelte 495-pound wet weight, but it’s the sporty handling that steals the show. The 2013 Triumph Bonneville feels even lighter than its meager weight, and its relatively narrow tires and low build give it a very sleek and agile stance.
A Modern Classic
There’s something to be said for honoring the past while embracing the future, and the Bonneville manages to do just that. Triumph actually offers a little something for everyone, as the Bonneville T100 offers the wire wheels and distinctively bubbly look of the early 1970s while the Bonneville SE cranks up the retro with a curvy aesthetic straight out of the ’60s. Both models feature compact body designs that complement the bike’s light weight and slick handling, and Triumph offers several splashy two-tone color options to complete the look.
Something for Everyone
Attempting to be all things to all people rarely turns out well, but Triumph very nearly pulled it off with the 2013 Bonneville. It’s got a deep-rooted history and retro-infused aesthetic that is sure to appeal to longtime riders and enthusiasts. Its spunky performance makes it a real winner among weekend warriors, and its lightweight, compact body and lowered seat height make it an obvious choice for all but the tallest of motorcycling neophytes. It’s an impressive balancing act, and one that ensures the venerable Bonneville name will remain at the forefront of the motorcycling world for years to come.
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