• Feb 6, 2012
We don't envy the designers who pen bikes for the likes of Triumph or Harley-Davidson. Machines like the Bonneville and Sportster are inherently popular for their nostalgic looks, and die-hard fans are the first to cry foul when the bikes wander too far from the original recipe. As the Triumph Bonneville Speed Twin Concept elegantly illustrates, that's a crying shame. As the brainchild of English designers Roy Norton and Tom Kasher, the Speed Twin is a modern take on the classic Bonneville. The two started with a Bonnie as a base platform and proceeded to update the machine's aesthetics accordingly.

The conceit began with the simple notion of what the Bonneville could have evolved into were it not so saddled with the nostalgia millstone. The two contacted Triumph while working for a design studio shortly after college, and Triumph Product Manager Simon Warburton gave the concept the go-ahead. The result is what you see here.

The concept uses a heavily modified Bonneville frame in conjunction with muscular-looking girder forks. Barbour cloth covers both the seats and the grips. With an 865cc engine, Thruxton brakes and unique gauges and levers, the Speed Twin is distilled awesome. Warburton is apparently pleased with the final result as well, and says some of the elements may make their way to future Triumph models. Head over to BikeExif for the full story.


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      Alan Foust
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy Cafe Racer Batman! I want one ...
      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmm, this isn't what I needed to see because I'm working on my 2006 Bonnie. Nice.
      cashsixeight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Working for HD sucks. Ask me how I know. It's so corporate that nobody is willing to get behind any change no matter how small or how much of an improvement it is, until the project has "Willie Wings". Because of this culture, risks are almost eliminated so they continue to base their profitability on licensing their logo onto a bunch of crap, instead of building better bikes.
        vrmchris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        hello to all, cashsixeight, question for you. if you can answer that is ok. why did hd never really support erik buell, but was bent on acquiring mv agusta for 109 million dollars only to turn around and sell mv agusta back to the late claudio castiglioni allegedly for 1 (yes, one) euro? hd imho should be like porsche. evolve the brand, yet keep the styling for the die-hards. modernize for the younger generation. take some risks like triumph just did. when you have management/leadership base their every decision strictly on the "numbers", and willie g. davidson not wanting to modernize; it is time for their stock price to plummet. hd has imho lost its iconic status for sometime now. if i had the money, i would make a run at them now and get rid of the board. and anyone else who does not want bring in new customers/fans of the marque while retaining the die-hards. the solutions have been suggested for many years now. the baby boomers will not live forever. oh, and make more of the bike in-house. forget about doing ckd for india and china. if anyone wants a hd, you will have to pay for it because it is only made in america. not assembled elsewhere. but that is my view. regards, vrmchris. btw, i live in racine so i know the issues at hand.
      icon149
      • 2 Years Ago
      want. and unlike some others, i love the Fork, it is unconventional and sets this apart from a home built cafe racer bonnie. I hope Triumph finds a way to build this without watering it down. This would be a great addition to the thruxton and scrambler line of bonnie's.
      ufgrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uhhh... You guys know Triumph makes a whole range of bikes, like the Tiger, the Speed Triple, the Sprint, the Daytona... The insane Rocket III, the new Thunderbird... they're "modern" bikes. Yeah, the retro's sell well (or they wouldn't build them), but the company definitely isn't stuck in the past. Apparently whoever wrote this article hasn't bothered looking at Triumph's website. Ever.
        Domenick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ufgrat
        I'm pretty sure the author (who, btw, is also a rider) is aware of the current Triumph offerings. Perhaps you've mistaken his mention of specific models with the brands as a whole. Note: "Machines" (not "Brands") – like the Bonneville and Sportster are inherently popular for their nostalgic looks, and die-hard fans are the first to cry foul when the bikes wander too far from the original recipe.
        Xedicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ufgrat
        He only mentioned ONE model as being saddled with nostalgia styling gridlock. Just one.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Kris
        • 2 Years Ago
        Where have you been, Dan? I you've become famous. Drive dedicated a whole episode to you. Apparently you are trolling everywhere not only on AB. My respect to your devotion, but you got the wrong audience.
          cashsixeight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kris
          Where?
          Kris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kris
          @cashsixeight, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svEJz_NzQ18&list=UU5rBpVgv83gYPZ593XwQUsA&index=6&feature=plcp
        Siafa Alvin
        • 2 Years Ago
        Why should they make an electric bike?
      Glynn Hadskey
      • 2 Years Ago
      mmmm, someone has seen a Confederate.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only British bike brand still alive.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It kills me how H-D can't come out with a bike like this. They could keep their nostalgic look, but inject some more modern tech into the design itself. See H-D, it CAN be done.
      guinnessfanatic
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know it's funny, while there's no doubt Triumph and HD are trapped in a nostalgia feedback loop, I'm of the opinion the Japanese are just as trapped in a sportbike loop. It's just weird the way Honda is COMPLETELY ignoring this whole Cafe rebirth when a true CB successor could be huge right now.
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it, but it is probably more fun to look at than ride for more than 30 minutes at a time.
      MAJikMARCer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't care so much for the fork, but the rest is seriously cool.
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