2013 Triumph Special Edition Bonneville and Speed Triple Announced

Kevin Duke
by Kevin Duke

Triumph has revealed Special Edition versions of the Bonneville and Speed Triple for 2013, proving once again that nothing delivers a bang for the buck like cosmetic enhancements to popular models.

Most appealing to our eyes is the subtle but sexy Triumph Speed Triple SE (pictured above.) Its Matte Graphite color is beautifully set off by soft blue accents of the frame, swingarm, subframe and wheel pinstriping. Included on the SE are a color-matched fly screen, belly pan and seat cowl.

Carbon fiber jewelry abounds, including the front fender, side pods and fuel tank cover. Other detail refinements consist of racing stripes on the fly screen and tank, with the stripe line continuing over the seat, new mirrors and a rubber tank pad. Restyled clutch, alternator and sprocket covers enhance the distinctive makeover. In addition, exhaust heat shields, handlebars and clamps are now black to complete the stealth appearance.

The blue-hued Speed Trip SE and its 1050cc three-cylinder engine are mechanically unchanged. It’s expected to hit U.S. dealers in about a month with an MSRP set at $13,399, a reasonable $500 bump from the standard Speed Triple.

Triumph’s venerable Bonneville platform also receives a cosmetic makeover for its Special Edition model. A Matte Black finish on the bodywork is dramatically brightened up by a Cranberry Red treatment on the frame, fenders and tank-top stripe.

Also unique to the SE Bonnie are a black pillion grab rail, a bash plate between the frame’s front downtubes, and a unique seat design comprising new stitching and vinyl covering. Black is the new chrome, evidenced by the dark treatment of new headlight mounts, mirrors and accents on the cast-aluminum wheels. The Thruxton parts bin was raided to source new front turnsignals and a headlight.

The Special Edition Bonneville is expected at U.S. Triumph dealers from May 1, 2013. It retails for $7,999, a bargain considering the regular Bonnie with optional two-tone treatment is listed at the same price. Single-color Bonnevilles list at $7,699.

[Source: Triumph]

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