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.