One owner from new 2001 Triumph 790cc Bonneville & Watsonian Squire Sidecar Registration no. Y104 DBW
Frame no. SMTTJ900TM1129623
Engine no. 130054
Ever since the re-emergence of a newly revitalised Triumph in 1990, enthusiasts had been eagerly waiting the revival of the Bonneville brand, one of the most evocative names in motorcycling history. Ten years would elapse before Triumph felt ready to do so, having by then emphatically established its credentials as a builder of thoroughly modern motorcycles rivalling the best from Japan and Europe. Triumph's design brief for the new Bonneville was to emulate the classic style of the late 1960s version while incorporating the best of modern technology in the engine, transmission and running gear. The need to recapture the sound and feel of the original meant that the power unit had to be an air-cooled parallel twin with 360-degree crankshaft, while applying similar criteria to the cycle parts dictated wire-spoked wheels and a twin-shock rear end. At 790cc (initially) the new 8-valve engine was bigger than any preceding Bonneville while a balancer shaft - something the original could have done with - was deemed essential to dampen vibration inherent in the traditional engine layout. The new Bonneville debuted to critical acclaim at Munich in 2001 and before long the concept had been expanded to include cruiser-style Bonneville America, super-sports Thruxton and various other models. This Bonneville was acquired new on the occasion of its late owner's 70th birthday in 2001 and fitted with a Watsonian Squire sidecar and leading-link front forks. Used for only a single season (the tax disc expired in 2002), it has covered very few miles and been kept in storage for the past eight-or-so years. Re-commissioning and the customary safety checks are advised before returning the machine to the road. Offered with Swansea V5.