The new iconic is now a family of five exciting new motorcycles with 100% authentic Bonneville character, style and presence – all featuring a level of performance, capability and quality, driven by an all-new Bonneville engine family. With a dedicated chassis and suspension package for each new model and a carefully integrated package of rider-focused technology for enhanced confidence, control and performance, the new Bonneville family all ride and handle how a class-leading, truly modern classic should.
The Street Twin is Triumph’s most contemporary, fun and accessible new Bonneville, which is powered by an all-new high torque 900cc engine. With its unique character, distinctive sound, stripped-back styling and dynamic riding experience, the new Street Twin is the perfect Bonneville for today’s rider and the perfect starting point for personalisation.
The timeless style and iconic character of the original 1959 model is reborn in the classy and authentic Bonneville T120 and effortless cool Bonneville T120 Black. Both are crafted to the highest standard of detailing, quality and finish, and matched by the capability and performance of a truly modern classic. Powered by the all-new Bonneville 1200cc high torque engine, fed by beautiful, authentically styled, twin throttle bodies.
The new 1200cc Thruxton and Thruxton R are the real deal. With genuine poise, power and performance, they are the ultimate modern classic café racers. Both with beautifully imposing and authentic styling, they have the power, braking, performance and handling to live up to their legendary name.
The Bonneville engine family is the new heart of the iconic British twin, each built specifically for the modern classic riding style, delivering more torque, more immediate midrange and smoother powerband with a richer sound riders will appreciate.
The Bonnewille has three new engines – the 900cc high torque engine of the new Street Twin, which delivers a peak torque figure of 80Nm at a low 3200 rpm – which is an amazing 18% more than the previous generation, delivered low down and across the whole rev range. The 1200cc high torque engine of the Bonneville T120 and T120 Black is built specifically for the modern classic riding style, it produces a massive peak torque figure of 105Nm at a low 3100 rpm – more than 54% higher than the previous generation T100.
The game-changing 1200cc high power ‘Thruxton spec’ engine has an immediate, exciting power delivery and a massive peak torque figure of 112Nm at 4950 rpm – an amazing 62% higher than the previous generation Thruxton.
All with truly modern capability, including the pinpoint accuracy and instant throttle response of Triumph’s next generation ride-by-wire fuel-injection system, and liquid cooling that improves fuel economy by an amazing 36% on the Street Twin alone. In addition, the 1200’s all feature rider modes for enhanced responsiveness and control.
The Bonneville had played a major part in the creation of modern motorcycle motorsport and was a race winner ‘straight out of the crate’ – from Isle of Man TT wins, to flat track racing, to the International Six Day trial and the Thruxton 500 series, where the racing Bonneville gained its legendary name.
In its early years, it inspired a sub-culture of teenage rockers and café racers, drawing attention and turning heads at coffee bars and burn-ups all over the country – becoming the ride of choice for stars and celebrities like Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and Bob Dylan, and again today, chosen by a new generation of customisers and riders looking to own a real icon.
The interest and appeal of modern classic motorcycles is growing and evolving quickly, with many manufacturers bringing new models onto the market. From the rider’s perspective, they want beautiful motorcycles with real character and traditional values, combined with contemporary levels of refinement and capability.
With all of the character and style of the iconic original, and the power, performance and capabilities modern riding demands, the new Bonneville family takes the legend into the 21st century.
Text: Philip Chong, Images: Triumph