Triumph Bonneville Turns 50

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The Triumph Bonneville is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer. Well, kinda. The very first Bonneville, the T120, was showcased at the Earls Court Bike Show in 1958, with the machines available for sale to the general public the following year.

Triumph is marking the occasion by producing two one-off designs for the Bonneville, each conceived by what the OEM describes as an "iconic" collaborator: actor Ewan McGregor and designer of high-end motorcycling fashion, Belstaff.

McGregor created a design that reflects the Bonneville's rich heritage, incorporating a copper-plated tank with black-waxed cotton by Belstaff on the seat and side panel. It is inspired by one of his own vintage bikes.

Belstaff's Bonneville incorporates a black and gold color 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.

The Belstaff limited-edition designed Bonneville will be on display in Belstaff's flagship stores in London's Conduit Street, as well as Rome and Milan and available for purchase exclusively in selected stores worldwide later this year.

McGregor's model will be auctioned for UNICEF, for whom he is an ambassador. Further details regarding the auction will be released shortly.

Triumph Motorcycles is solely owned by construction magnate John Bloor as part of the Bloor Holdings group of companies. Triumph says it produces approximately 50,000 motorcycles per year. The company has manufacturing facilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire and Thailand, and currently employs about 1,200 personnel worldwide at offices in the UK, America, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and Benelux.