It features the same single pod instruments as the Bobber with a classic analogue speedo and LCD screen with a host of valuable information: odometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range-to-empty indication, service indicator, clock, two trip meters, average and current fuel consumption display, engine mode display and traction control status display, all controlled by a handlebar mounted scroll button.
Like the Bobber, it comes with two engine modes for “road” and “rain”, plus traction control which you can switch off when stationary.
The chromed insect-antennae mirrors don’t stick up as high as on the previous model, but they stick out quite wide on those Beach bars. That can be problematic when filtering between cars.
They are very sturdy, though, and don’t blur at high speed.
It comes with all-LED lighting and a daytime running light which is very bright and attracts a lot of road attention.
Fit and finish on these new Bonnevilles is exemplary with neat cabling, nice brass touches on the engine, a discrete radiator between the cradle frame struts and attention to detail.
A great example is that the chrome on the foot pegs continues underneath so that when you fold up the pillion pegs they still look nice.
Your pillion will find the seat is thick, but fairly narrow. There is a big chromed grab handle that allows them to use both hands.
One gripe about the fit and finish is the big gap between the seat and the frame allowing you to see the ugly mono shock.
While I love the traditional look of chromed spoked wheels, they are difficult to keep clean, especially with twin discs on the front.
That also makes it difficult to get an air hose on the valve stems to pump up the tyres. I wish manufacturers would supply bikes like these with right-angle valve stems.
I also acknowledge the traditional values of a key on the side rather than on the triple clamp, but it’s inconvenient and your keyring will flap around and scratch the engine covers.
There are two accessory kits available: a Highway Kit with a tall screen, comfort seat and panniers; and a Maverick Kit with flat handlebars and solo seat.
It comes in “Jet Black”, “Cranberry Red” and “Fusion White and Phantom Black”.
Chromed stainless steel 2 into 2 twin-skin exhaust system with chromed stainless silencers
Wet, multi-plate assist clutch
Tubular steel cradle
Twin-sided, tubular steel
32-spoke, 16 x 2.5in
32-spoke, 16 x 3.5in
KYB 41 mm forks with cartridge damping. 90mm travel.
KYB monoshock with linkage and stepped preload adjuster, 73.3 mm rear wheel travel.
Twin 310 mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating calipers, ABS
Single 255 mm disc, Nissin single piston floating caliper, ABS
LCD multi-functional instrument pack with analogue speedometer, odometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication, service indicator, clock, 2x trip, average & current fuel consumption display, traction control status display, heated grip ready – controlled by a handlebar mounted scroll button.
Height (without mirrors)
Fuel economy **
4.3 l/100 km (65.4mpg)
CO2 figures **
EURO 4 Standard: 98 g/km **CO2 and fuel consumption are measured according to regulation 168/2013/EC. Figures on fuel consumption are derived from specific test conditions and are for comparative purposes only. They may not reflect real driving results.