Triumph has startled everyone with a whole new
Bonneville family of five models with two engine sizes –
900cc and 1200cc – each with liquid-cooling and a host
of modern electronic rider aids for the retro fleet.
Triumph says the new models are the result of a four-year
“ground-up” project of “unprecedented scale of design,
engineering and manufacturing skills”.
It includes a new chassis and suspension, six-speed
transmission (up from five),
plus two new liquid-cooled
engines, as predicted.
Triumph says the engine
styling has been retained
and given high-quality
finishes. From the photos, it
certainly looks pretty good,
especially the brushed-
aluminium engine cases with
oh-so classy bronze details
on the T120.
The new models include the
revival of the T120 name
which was the original super
British superbike when it was released in 1959 and the
Speed Twin originally produced in 1937 as a 500cc
Despite retaining much of the retro looks, except for
upside suspension on the Thruxton and the large radiator
between the two front frame tubes, there s a lot of
modern technology packed in the iconic motorcycles.
They come with fly-by-wire throttle which not only
increases fuel economy by 36% in the Street Twin, but
also allows the addition of rider controls such as traction
control on all five bikes and rider modes on the T120 and
They also all come with a slip-assist clutch to prevent
rear-wheel lock-ups on downshifts, ABS, LED rear lights,
convenient USB charging socket on the headstock and
an engine immobiliser with a transponder in the key fob.
The T120 and Thruxton models also get LED daytime
running lights and twin brake discs.
However, no one predicted Triumph would produce a
1200cc engine. Most predictions were one litre or 1100cc.
The 1200cc “high torque” engine comes in two tuning
levels. The T120 and T120 Black get a 105Nm model which
peaks at just 3100 revs. That’s 54% more than the current
However, the Thruxton spec engine has 122Nm of torque
at 4950 revs which is 62% more.
The Street Twin gets an eight-valve 900cc engine with
80Nm at 3200rpm, which is
still up 18% on the 865cc air-
cooled model it replaces.
Triumph has released the
models with some 470
accessories including Vance
& Hones exhausts, rather
than Arrows. Other
mudguard removal kits,
bench seats, bullet
indicators and more.
The official Triumph release
mentions “inspiration” kits
which will be valued-added
accessory packs to turn your bike into a scrambler, “brat
tracker”, track racer, cafe racer and, for the Thruxton R,
an off-road race performance kit for track days and
racing with more power and torque and lower weight.
The primary difference between the T120 and T120 Black
version 2016 Bonnevilles boils down to styling. The T120
Black comes standard with a brown seat and all-black
detailing down to black rims, grab rails and engine finish.
Bonneville T120 (1200cc): $17,500,