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A modern classic: the timeless appeal of an enduring motorcycling icon matched to current technology. The Bonneville appeals to both riders who remember this machine in its ‘previous life’ and riders who appreciate classical form, modern function and the lusty power and mechanical simplicity of parallel twin power.
The name Bonneville alone is almost enough of an attraction, and combined with the faithful reincarnation of those flowing lines, fuss-free performance and a sure-footed chassis, the new generation machine has a powerful attraction.
The air-cooled 790cc engine with a 360 degree firing angle crankshaft (both pistons ride and fall together to recreate that authentic Bonneville engine beat) produces a hefty 60Nm (44ft-lb) of torque – a substantial 90 per cent of it from 2750rpm all the way to the redline. And a peak power output of 61bhp at 7400rpm gives the Bonneville plenty of go.
Modern performance is wrapped in classic looks. The triangular engine cover on the right and clutch case on the left, both in brushed and lacquered aluminium for 2002, are authentic touches at the core of the Bonneville look. The compact twin overhead camshafts keep the engine’s top end visually similar to previous Bonneville engines, likewise the engine breather runs in what looks like the distinctive pushrod tube of years past. There’s even a compact and discreet frame-mounted oil-cooler to keep the running consistent for maximum reliability.
Twin 36mm carburettors with throttle-position sensors feed the unit and these are electrically heated to prevent carburettor icing. The exhaust features twin ‘peashooter’ silencers and secondary air-injection to keep emissions to a minimum. The engine is efficient, economical and yet the unique feel of a parallel twin is retained – twin balancer-shafts reduce vibration but allow the engine to feel like a traditional 360-degree twin.
The chassis is based around a tubular steel double cradle frame and a box-section steel swing-arm offering light, easy steering around town and sure-footed handling at speed. With a low centre of gravity and low 775mm (30.5in) seat height, the Bonneville feels light and manoeuvrable.
With disc brakes front and rear, and a 19in front and 17in rear wheel fitted with modern profile tyres, stopping and road-holding are way beyond what the traditional looks might suggest.
And tradition is so much a part of this machine – from the classical tank badge and the deep, lustrous finish of the hand-pinstriped tanks (there is a new Sky Blue & Silver option for 2002) to the timeless lines and unmistakable sound, the Bonneville remains a true original.
• Polished and lacquered engine covers
• New Sky Blue and Silver paint scheme
• Sky Blue & Silver
• Scarlet Red & Silver
• Forest Green & Silver
• Integrated Alarm
– two circuit immobilisation
– ‘fail-safe’ engine immobilisation
– ‘hot-wire’ detection circuit
– internal rechargeable battery
– current draw of less than 5 mA
– Thatcham MC1 approved
• Summer Screen
– 4.5 mm polycarbonate
– designed for maximum upper body weather protection
• Roadster Screen
– classic styling
– bright chrome finishing strips
– 4.5 mm polycarbonate
• Colour Co-ordinated Fly Screen
• Knee Pads
• King & Queen Seat
• Single Seat
• Leather Pannier Kit
• Fabric Panniers
• Aftermarket Silencers
• Auxiliary Power Socket
• Centre Stand
• Chromed Side Stand
• Dresser Rail Kit
• Grab Rail
• Low Sissy Bar
• High Sissy Bar
• Chromed Cam Cover
• Chromed Chain Guard
• Chromed Lever Kit
• Tank Badges
Type Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin, 360º firing interval
Bore/Stroke 86 x 68mm
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Fuel System Twin carburettors, with throttle position sensor and electric carburettor heaters
Ignition Digital – inductive type
Primary Drive Gear
Final Drive X ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Swingarm Twin-sided, tubular steel
Wheels FrontRear Spoked, 19 x 2.5inSpoked, 17 x 3.5in
Tyres FrontRear 100/90 R 19130/80 R 17
Suspension FrontRear 41mm forksChromed spring twin shocks with adjustable pre-load
Brakes FrontRear Single 310mm disc, 2 piston caliperSingle 255mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Length 2250mm (88.6in)
Width (handlebars) 860mm (33.8in)
Height 1105mm (43.5in)
Seat Height 775mm (30.5in)
Wheelbase 1493mm (58.8in)
Rake / Trail 29o /117mm
Weight (Dry) 205kg (451lb)
Fuel Tank Capacity 16 litres (4.2 gal US)
PERFORMANCE (Measured at the crank to DIN 70020)
Maximum Power 62PS (61bhp) at 7,400 rpm
Maximum Torque 60Nm (44.3ft.lbf) at 3,500 rpm
Sky Blue / Silver, Scarlet Red / Silver, Forest Green / Silver,
2 years; unlimited mileage
4000 miles or one year, whichever comes first