Triumph Bonneville is one of the few motorcycles which have stood the test of time over decades, without having to change its authentic styling according to the ever swinging trends. And it’s the nameplate’s history and lineage that has inspired the all-new 2016 model line-up of the family.
While Triumph still is the quintessential maker of retro style cafe racers, the recent competition from BMW in the form of the R nine T and Ducati scrambler has forced the British motorcycle maker to sit up and clearly distinguish itself from the rest of the pack. Styling that’s true of the brand’s roots, along with performance and technology which is a nod to the modern times is what Triumph believes will make its new products shine.
The 2016 Bonneville, thus, has been highly anticipated – and that wait is over now, as Triumph has officially unveiled the completely overhauled Bonneville MY 2016 lineup for the model.
The new Triumph Bonneville family is presented in three main flavours – the accessible Street Twin, the mid-level duo of the T120 / T120 Black and the top of the line
Thruxton and Thruxton R.
Each motorcycle model features a different chassis and a different liquid cooled parallel twin engine. Such has been the extent of this overhaul that none of the new motorcycles share even a single component with the existing Bonneville lineup according to Triumph.
Along with the stylistic and engine related changes, the new generation Bonneville family also features modern electronics including drive by wire tech, ABS, traction control, slip-assist clutch and other small but significant changes such as LED tail-lamps, USB charging and ignition key with immobilizer.
The three new models are explained in detail below
The Street Twin is the new entry-level Triumph featuring a 900cc liquid cooled twin cylinder engine. Full output figures have not been revealed by Triumph, though we do have the torque figures. The Street Twin creates 80 Nm of peak torque at 3,200rpm, 18% more than both the previous Bonneville and Ducati’s Scrambler, according to Triumph. Not just that, Triumph says the new liquid-cooled engine offers 36% better fuel-economy over the old Bonneville.
Triumph describes the basic Street Twin as its ‘most contemporary, fun and accessible new Bonneville’. Styling highlights include a black engine case, a contrasting lined wheel rim, a classic looking up-swept brushed stainless steel exhaust system and cast wheels. As goes without saying, the performance, both in terms of acceleration and handling is expected to be superior to the previous model. The Street Twin can be had in red, silver and three choices of black: matt, ‘Jet’ and ‘Phantom’.
In addition to the standard equipment, Triumph is also offering the customers ‘inspiration kits’ to lend their rides a distinctive character, with more than 150 custom parts for the Street Twin. For e.g. The Scrambler Inspiration Kit for the Street Twin comprises
– Brushed high-level Vance & Hines exhaust system (off-road use only)
– Rear mudguard removal kit with compact rear light
– Brown ribbed bench seat
– Brown ‘Barrel style’ handlebar grips
– Compact LED indicators
Bonneville T120 / T120 Black
The T120 is inspired by the legendary 1959 Bonneville and styled to incorporate more of the original’s iconic DNA,’ according to Triumph. The motorcycle is offered in two styling flavours, the T120 and the T120 Black. So while the T120 has brushed aluminium engine covers with bronze detailing, the T120 Black gets black engine covers with machined aluminium detailing. Both models feature a peashooter exhaust with a double-skin design that hides the catalytic converter behind a single, seamless section of pipe.
The Bonneville T120 features deep chrome multi-piece badges, grab rail and wheel rims, centre stand and heated grips. The Bonneville T120 Black gets a dark brown seat and all-black detailing, including: black rims, grab rail, exhaust and engine finish.
Powering the new Bonneville T120 is the all-new 1200cc ‘high torque’ 8 valve, parallel twin engine. Built from the ground up, the new engine produces a peak torque figure of 105Nm at a low 3100 rpm, claimed to be 54% more than the previous generation model, and 9% more than Harley’s Forty-Eight.
The T120 gets Road and Rain riding modes
The Inspiration Kit for the T120 gets over 160 new stylish, high quality accessories.
The Prestige inspiration kit for the T120 includes
– Authentic chrome ‘4 bar’ tank badge
– Ribbed and stitched black seat
– Compact LED indicators
– Chrome Vance & Hines peashooter slip on silencers
– Black ‘Barrel style’ handlebar grips
– Chrome clutch cover, alternator cover and throttle body embellishers
The T120 comes in black, red, red and silver or black and white. The T120 Black can be had in black or ‘Matt Graphite’.
Thruxton / Thruxton R
The new Bonneville range is topped by the Thruxton / Thruxton R duo. The most powerful motorcycle in the lineup is powered by the new ‘Thruxton’ spec 1200cc, 8 valve, parallel twin engine. The new ‘low inertia – high performance’ six-speed engine features a lighter crank, higher compression and unique airbox. The Thruxton spec engine delivers a peak torque figure of 112Nm at 4950rpm, which Triumph claims is 62% more than the previous generation.
The Thruxton has three riding modes, over the T120’s two. In addition to the ‘road’ and ‘rain’ modes, the Thruxton also gets a third ‘sport’ mode promising a ‘more immediate throttle response’ according to Triumph.
The Thruxton R is an even-higher-spec version of the Thruxton with the following advantages over the Thruxton
– Twin floating Brembo discs
– Racing Brembo monobloc callipers
– Brembo master cylinder
– Race bred, fully-adjustable Showa big piston forks
– Fully adjustable Öhlins twin rear shocks
– Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres.
The accessories range for the Thruxton and Thruxton R features over 160 items. For the Thruxton and Thruxton R there’s a ‘Track Racer’ kit, including
– Sculpted cockpit fairing with lower clip-on handlebars
– Single painted seat cowl (only for the Thruxton as already standard on Thruxton R)
– Rear mudguard removal kit with compact light
– Compact LED Indicators
– Vance & Hines slip on silencers
– Knurled handlebar grips
– Leather tank strap.
In addition, there is a ‘Performance Kit’ exclusively for the Thruxton R, which will be launched in 2016. The race kit has been specifically designed and developed for competition use and closed circuit racing. Without revealing any further details, the company states “the Factory Race kit will take the standard engine performance to an even higher level, with more power, torque and lower overall weight”
The Thruxton comes in black, white with a black tank stripe or ‘competition green’ with a metallic gold tank stripe. The Thruxton R comes in red or silver.
The new liquid cooled range of engines have replaced all the current gen Bonneville models, except for the Scrambler, America and Speedmaster, which will continue to be sold alongside the new range for the next couple of years.
Check out an exhaustive image gallery of the new motorcycles below