Nov 16, 2018

Triumph to update Bonneville models

Triumph set to refresh Bonneville Motorcycle range.

Triumph to update Bonneville models
Triumph to update Bonneville models – the old school looks of the Triumph Bonneville will be retained.

News from Triumph in recent times has been…well, un-newsworthy. The British manufacturer has been a bit quiet.

But in the last couple of weeks there’s been a series of emails doing the rounds and they’re all to do with a major shake-up of the Bonneville range.

Triumph has gone as far as to say the Bonneville has been reborn. That’s a big bold statement but here’s some of the changes to back it up.

There’s now 5 bikes in the Triumph Bonneville line-up, including a new Street Twin, and the T120 and Thruxton models have had some significant updates.

The range is now powered by three new engines, and a new chassis and suspension design unique to each Bonneville. The all new Street Twin uses a high torque 900cc parallel twin engine that develops 80Nm at a low 3200 rpm.

The bike has been designed to appeal to the widest possible market, with classic roadster styling but with the capability of being customised very easily. Triumph has even made three complete custom kits available as genuine options.

The Scrambler, Brat Tracker and Urban Inspiration kits all provide options for modifying exhaust, seats, handlebars, even mudguards on the Street Twin.

Despite its old school looks and appeal, it’s packed with modern technology including ABS, traction control, a slip assist clutch, ride-by-wire throttle, LED lighting, even a USB charging socket and engine immobiliser.

The Bonneville T120 and T120 Black have gone through some major changes and updates, and these bikes also get a new high torque 1200cc parallel twin engine.

While staying true to the iconic styling of the legendary 1959 Bonneville, these two models also have a raft of modern technology built in.

As well as all the technology of the Street Twin, including the ABS, ride by wire and traction control, the T120 and T120 Black also get two rider modes. Simply called “Road” and “Rain” these switchable modes alter the engine performance to suit riding conditions.

The popularity of the top of the range Thruxton and Thruxton R has really been built on its cafe racer styling, outstanding engine performance and racing success.

Triumph has taken it a big step further with the new bikes.

Although using the same 1200cc engine as the T120 as the starting point, the new engine in the Thruxton’s has been developed even further and is being referred to as a high power unit.

Torque is up to 112Nm at 4950 rpm, an amazing 62% more than the previous generation engine.

There’s also Brembo brakes, Showa suspension up front with Ohlins on the rear, and all the electronics of the other Bonnevilles.

Estimated arrival dates here in Australia are February for the Street Twin, April for the T120’s and May for the Thruxton’s. Pricing will be announced in mid-November.

Steve McDowall