The property of Viscount Linley
2001 Triumph 790cc Bonneville
Registration no. X626 NGP
Frame no. SMTTJ900TM1124859
Engine no. 125284
When John Bloor's new Hinckley-based Triumph company launched its debut range at the Cologne Show in the autumn of 1990, it shamelessly raided its old Coventry predecessor's back catalogue for model names. 'Trophy', 'Trident' and 'Daytona' were all represented but there was one glaring omission: 'Bonneville', by far and away the most famous Triumph model designation of all time. Clearly, Triumph was saving it for something special, but enthusiasts would have to wait another ten years to find out what it would be. Predictably, it turned out to be a parallel twin boasting sufficient 'retro' styling cues to forge strong links in the public consciousness with its illustrious forebear. Triumph had already tested the 'retro' market with the three-cylinder Thunderbird, which rapidly became its best seller, and the new Bonneville would turn out to be every bit as successful. Deliberately styled to look like Edward Turner's original, the air-cooled 790cc motor boasted twin overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, and would be enlarged to 865cc on later versions. A modern aluminium beam frame and mono-shock suspension would have looked ridiculous on such a model, so the Bonneville came with a traditional tubular steel chassis and twin shocks.
This example was purchased approximately four years ago by the vendor, whose dream was to have a Triumph that looked liked it was made in the 1960s but was as dependable as a new model. His personal mechanic dismantled the machine and replaced standard parts such as the tank badges, seats, lights, mudguards and silencers with old-style components to create a fashionable 'retro' look. Described as mechanically strong and 'on the button', the machine benefits from new brake discs and is offered with sundry invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to February 2011 and Swansea V5C registration document. A total of 22,886 miles is currently displayed on the odometer.