To mark the Bonneville’s 50th anniversary, Triumph commissioned Belstaff and Ewan McGregor to design special edition bikes. By far the better looking of the two, Belstaff’s design exudes classic cool with a John Player Special-esque black and gold color scheme. Ewan’s copper-plated tank is pretty tacky, but we do like the ‘70s-style font. Unsurprisingly, it’s the Belstaff model that will reach production, going on sale in limited numbers later this year.
>Compared to the Paul Smith Bonnevilles from 2005, we can’t help but
feel a bit underwhelmed by these two bikes. For its 50th birthday, the
Bonneville deserves (and desperately needs) a complete refresh, one
that captures the performance, character and appeal of the original
model, or at least has performance, character and appeal of some kind.