Triumph has broken out the party hats and a pair of one-off 50th Edition Bonnys to celebrate the latest milestone of its iconic roadster.
When it comes to classic British motorcycles, Triumph is not only a survivor, but continues to produce a range of desirable bikes.
One of Triumph's best loved bikes, the Bonneville, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Blending traditional British style and performance, the Triumph Bonneville is the perfect roadster and a modern design classic. Its unique looks and exhilarating riding experience have made the Bonneville the motorcycle of choice for generations of fast living individuals including screen idols from Steve McQueen, James Dean and Marlon Brando, through to George Clooney and Nicholas Cage. Triumph is marking the occasion by producing two unique one-off Bonnevilles, each conceived by a collaborator synonymous with style and British motorcycling - Hollywood star Ewan McGregor and designer of high end motorcycling gear, Belstaff.
A well known motorcycle enthusiast, McGregor has created a design that reflects the Bonneville's rich heritage. The design incorporates a copper plated tank, with black waxed cotton by Belstaff on the seat and side panel, and is inspired by one of his own vintage bikes, as well as his love of the legendary motorcycle enthusiast (and Triumph rider) Steve McQueen.
Ewan explains, "I wanted to use a traditional waxed cotton material as it has such a resonance with the history of style in motorcycling and mix it with the tradition of coppering tanks. I am a huge fan of Steve McQueen and his films from the 1960s, and the font that I have chosen for the Triumph logo harks back to that golden era of biking.
"This is such an exciting project for me - the Bonneville has to be the ultimate in iconic British motorcycles, so the chance to create my very own design and see it through to production is amazing." Belstaff, a leading designer of motorcycling fashion, is also producing a bespoke design of the Bonneville incorporating a black and gold colour scheme synonymous with the fashion brand's identity. The design also includes a gold seat cowl and a black and gold pannier bag. In addition, Belstaff is also creating a limited edition biker style jacket to mark the anniversary.