Having established its technical credentials, Triumph finally built a real heritage model in 2000. That bike, the Bonneville, not only captured the style and appeal of its 1960s counterpart, it was powered by an air-cooled vertical twin like the original, though the completely new engine was bigger and more modern. That bike was an immediate success for Triumph, even in the U.S. However, the company also realized that American motorcyclists want cruisers, so a second version of the Bonneville, the America, arrived for 2002. This bike meshes British and American traditions. The British side brings the vertical twin engine, the unmistakably Triumph gas-tank shape, and numerous details. The American cruiser influence is visible in the stretched wheelbase, the covered fork tubes, the exhaust pipe design, the low, scooped saddle, the fat rear tire, and the full metal rear fender with its chrome support rails.