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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

parallel twin.

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

Thruxton models.

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

accessories include

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,