Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2009 Triumph Bonneville T100 50th Anniversary Edition. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
One of the most iconic nameplates in motorcycling history, Triumph’s Bonneville got it’s name from the Bonneville Salt Flats where many a motorcyclist has aspired for top speed records. As you’d expect form a bike that’s been around for this long, there have been several special editions of the Bonnie – today’s focus is the 50th Anniversary, of which only 650 were produced worldwide. Less than 200 made it to the US.
Why just 650? That was the displacement of the original Bonneville, in cubic centimeters. Each Anniversary Edition also gets a brass plate on the handlebar clamp and a few other cosmetic details like special decals and a chrome cam cover. There were no mechanical changes as part of the Limited Edition.
The 50th Anniversary LE also got a lovely orange and blue paint scheme inspired by the “Tangerine Dream” of the original 1959 Bonnie, though you can see that isn’t the case with this Triumph (VIN: SMT910K149T367541) as it’s been equipped with a custom paint job inspired by the 1966 Bonneville at a cost of approximately $3,000.
The owner is a 64 year-old enthusiast that cleaned it after every ride – Adam has occasionally ridden with him on weekend jaunts to the Rock Store in Malibu, California. It has never gone down, though it’s equipped with SW-Motech crash bars for protection if that was to somehow happen in the future.
The next oil change is due in ~1,500 miles, and it’s equipped with recent Heidenau K60 Scout tires which are at home on the highway or crossing a field and jumping a barbed wire fence if you feel like McQueen and want to make your own Great Escape!