Wednesday, July 23, 2008

2009 Triumphs Revealed

Look around the streets of any city in France and you'll notice there a lot of Triumphs, especially the popular Bonneville series. Quite a change from just 10 years ago; the French have really taken to these modern day classics.

Well the French, and the world alike, have something to look forward to next season, as Triumph just revealed details on the 2009 models at their Global Dealer Conference. While the Bonnevilles still remain true to the design we've come to love, there are some very evident changes to the line-up, most notably with the standard model. New for 2009 are 'seventies-look cast wheels', a dramatic departure from the usual spokes. Other significant updates include shorter mud guards front and rear and a reverse cone, megaphone style exhaust from the Thruxton. The seat height has also been lowered and the handlebars pulled back, both changes that should make the Bonneville more accessible to the female market.

Triumph also introduced the slightly up market Bonneville SE model, which will include spokes, two-tone paint, brushed alloy engine cases and extra instrumentation. While the T100 remains largely unchanged, except for color options, there will be a 5oth anniversary edition produced in 'a unique blue and orange paint scheme that echoes the original 1959' model. There will be a number of other detail changes to distinguish it from the standard T100, including a numbered, handlebar mounted plaque and a certificate of authenticity signed by John Bloor, the owner of Triumph Motorcycles Ltd.

For more about the 2009 models, check out Triumph News.

Source: Triumph Motorcycles Ltd.