HARDRIDER MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE

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 T100. 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,

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