2009 Triumph Modern Classics

2009 Triumph Modern Classics

There are 7 comments on the Return of the Cafe Racers story from Aug 2, 2008, titled 2009 Triumph Modern Classics. In it, Return of the Cafe Racers reports that:

Triumph has released details of their 2009 Modern Classics range and there are a few surprising changes.

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Chris UK

Leeds, UK

#1 Aug 17, 2008

I love the new 2009 exhaust, short front & back guards, seat and the notion of having a 17 inch front wheel, just I don't like the mags and would rather the wire-wheels. Does anyone know if a 17 inch wire wheel exists which you can retro fit, or for that matter can you fit the Thruxton's 18 inch front wheel onto a Bonnie?


Alexandra, Australia

#2 Sep 14, 2008
You like to clean wheels?
Get wire.
You like more time riding?
Get alloys.


#3 Dec 15, 2008
I have an 09 Bonne Blk with wire wwheels and the peashooter mufflers. It must of been an early build. The biggest difference to me is the wire wheels have a tube in the wheels where the alloys are tubeless. You can plug a tubeless fairly easy in an emergency situation where the repair is a little more time consuming
Capt Don


#4 Dec 21, 2008
Ill trade ya my wires ?? I hate to clean them!! The mags arent "true Bonne" but a big improvement maint wise! I am sure you will find someone across the pond that will trade!

Florham Park, NJ

#5 Feb 5, 2009
I think I'm finally gonna get around to buying a Bonnie now that they're going with cast wheels and tubeless tires on the 2009's!
-Always loved the (modern) Trumpets, great size and perfect seating position, with low out-of-the-way pipes for saddle bags, etc.

But I couldn't get around their having obselete tubeless tires on such modern, powerful machines! I know some riders like them, but not for me!

Anyway, Hinckly has now removed that obstacle for me, so now I'm seriously into getting that scoot!(Once I get the loot togehter, that is...)

United States

#7 Apr 9, 2009
Capt Don wrote:
Ill trade ya my wires ?? I hate to clean them!! The mags arent "true Bonne" but a big improvement maint wise! I am sure you will find someone across the pond that will trade!
I didn't think they were true Bonnie either until I did a little research and found that the last few years WERE mags ('79 anyway.) My black Bonnie still sits on the showroom floor, picking it up Sat 4/18..cant wait. First bike was a Triumph Mountain Cub in 1964.

Paris, France

#8 Apr 17, 2009
Hi everyone!
I got my bike licenсe last fall. I live in Vienna and had my mind set on buying a Vespa 300 - until I saw the new Bonnie SE.
Two days ago I test-drove it, and I also tried out a Thruxton and a Bonnie T100 (all 2009 models). Awesome bikes, all 3! I can't really make up my mind as to whether it will be a Bonnie SE or a T100. I love the new wheels, but the SE looks a bit like a girl's bike to me. I am not very tall (just under 6ft), but the SE felt a bit low.
I intend to use my bike in the city, on day trips and maybe even for weekend drives.
Any suggestions as to what model I should take?
Thanks a lot in advance!
Drive safely,

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