Triumph Bonneville pros
Engine: Mechanically quiet. Free revving.
Smoothness: Balancers for the 360-degree crank work.
Clutch: Light, smooth, no complaints.
Gears: Also good and positive. Fair spread of power.
Fuel economy: We got a comfortable 55-60mpg all round.
Ease of use: Sit-up-and-beg position is great for town.
Comfort: Generally good all round. Mirrors stay clear.
Accessories: Plenty of bling and trinkets
Maintenance: User friendly. Most stuff handled at home.
Front wheels: 100/90-H19 gives predictable steering.
Rear wheel: 130/80-H17 decent choice of rubber.
Pricing: Kept at rock bottom at around £5200.
Paint: Scarlet Red/silver, or Forest Green/silver. NIce.
Made in England: Nuff said.
Triumph Bonneville cons
Instruments: No rev counter. These came only later.
Exhaust: Header pipe to silencer kink finds few friends
Primary case: Ugly clutch mechanism bulge. Tut, tut.
Saddle: Slabbish. Needs piping and/or duo-toning
Fuel tank: Lacks Meriden-era elegance. Ugly flanges.
Cylinder head: Functional, but maybe a little too smooth.
Handlebars: Too high and wide for faster riding.
Excitement: A little tame for many riders. Needs some pep.
No kickstarter: The Kawasaki W650 fitted one. Electric too.
Brakes: Not the unique selling point, but adequate.
Oil leaks: Occasional weeping at seals and cylinder head.
Sound: Weak exhaust note. Uninspiring.
Air-injection system: Blues the header pipes.
Upkeep: Needs regular cleaning to keep corrosion at bay.