The Saturday evening friends gathered to watch some awesome Motorcycle Racing. Before the races, we sat around a table and talked bikes and riding and all of us have some different points of view… but we all agreed on one thing. Triumph. No matter what kind of Biker you are… you have to nod that Triumph owns Cool. So in honor of The Triumph Accord, Monday’s Motorcycle will be the coolest of all Triumph Motorcycles. The Steve McQueen Edition Bonneville.
I love sport bikes, and Cafe Racers… but there is something about the Retro bikes that are just epic cool without even trying. Now, The Bonneville isn’t really Retro… because it’s never really changed it’s what it is. Coolness, now Personified by the Crowned King of Cool, Steve McQueen.
Steve McQueen was no spoiled Hollywood Brat Pack wuss. He was the real deal and he didn’t play any characters that did things he didn’t do every day in real life. He insisted on doing that epic motorcycle jump in The Great Escape, one of the best movies of all time. That’s right, watch that film and know Steve wanted to do that jump himself. He rode Motorcycles like a complete Nutter, then when he was done with that, he raced cars, satisfied women with a glance and a grin, and just wrote the book on Coolness. I have a signed copy… if your not cool enough, you can’t be given a copy of your own. You don’t ask for it. It just shows up one day… the day you are deemed worthy. The book only has one page inside the thick leather and oil stained cover. It’s a picture of Steve, sitting on that Triumph.
The Bonneville is no hotrod. It’s stats are rather moderate by modern standards. But that’s no bother.
|Type||Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing interval|
|Bore/Stroke||90 x 68mm|
|Fuel System||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI|
|Exhaust||Stainless steel headers, twin chromed silencers.|
|Final Drive||X ring chain|
|Oil Capacity||4.5 litres (1.2 US gals)|
|Chassis, Running Gear and Displays|
|Frame||Tubular steel cradle|
|Swingarm||Twin-sided, tubular steel|
|Wheel||Front||36-spoke 19 x 2.5in|
|Rear||40-spoke 17 x 3.5in|
|Suspension||Front||Kayaba 41mm forks, 120mm travel|
|Rear||Kayaba chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload, 106mm rear wheel travel|
|Brakes||Front||Single 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper|
|Rear||Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper|
|Instrument Display/Functions||Analogue speedometer and tachometer with odometer, trip information and clock|
|Dimensions and Capacities|
|Width (handlebars)||740mm (29.1in)|
|Height without mirrors||1100mm (43.3in)|
|Seat Height||775mm (30.5in)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity / Efficiency||16 litres (4.2 US gals)|
|Wet Weight (ready to ride)||230 kg (506 lbs)|
|Performance (measured at crankshaft to 95/1/EC)|
|Maximum Power||68PS / 67bhp / 50kW @ 7500rpm|
|Maximum Torque||68Nm / 50 ft.lbs @ 5800rpm|
Okay, now if you want to submit your own point of view in the comments… Please do so. And while I respect your opinion, even though it could very well be wrong… I appreciate the discussion. Since Steve McQueen was the Coolest Human to ever walk the Planet, and Triumph being the coolest Motorcycles… The Steve McQueen Bonneville is then by default The Coolest Motorcycle to ever Ride on the Planet.
However also by Default, the bike you are currently riding is also the Coolest Motorcycle. So enjoy your Ride…
If you disagree about the Steve McQueen Bonneville – here’s a list of all the reasons your argument is invalid:
Dirt-bike Rider (uncredited)
Sgt. Eustis Clay
Capt. Buzz Rickson
Lt. Ferguson ‘Fergie’ Howard
Bill Everett / Gambler
Josh Randall – Bounty Hunter / Mal Cody / Wes Cody
Anthony Reeves / Henry Reeves