Not only does Clutch and Chrome have a plethora of details about the new rides from Triumph Motorcycles, we also have glorious pictures of what riders can expect to see roaring into dealership showrooms.
The new models from the motorcycle manufacturer that has ridden from success to success with its distinctive bikes are being called ‘the next generation of Triumph Bonneville motorcycles’ with promises of ‘more beautiful, more powerful, more capable’.
Triumph have pulled back the drop cloths on three models; Street Twin, Bonneville T120 and Thruxton. It should be noted two of those have variations of the model taking the total number of new motorcycles to five. The Bonneville comes as a Bonneville T120 and surprise, T120 Black! The other would be the Thruxton which also enjoys the added flavor of Thruxton R featuring the tagline of ‘the Triumph racing legend reborn’.
The company is quick to admit they face growing competition in this previously overlooked segments of motorcycles noting ‘the interest and appeal of modern classic motorcycles is growing and evolving quickly, with many manufacturers bringing new models onto the market’.
So, how did they do?
It appears the British motorcycle manufacturer went all out on these new models, not only giving them a new powerhouse but also redesigning chassis and suspension as well as the most obvious change which is the new styling.
These are the result of a four year project which started from the ground up and ‘called on an unprecedented scale of design, engineering and manufacturing skills’ according to Triumph Motorcycles.
Confirming the many rumors leading up to this unveiling, all the models and variants are powered an all-new Bonneville parallel twin liquid-cooled engine. Triumph explains in its press release the new engine family was ‘built specifically for the modern classic riding style, with more torque, more immediate and exciting power delivery, and a richer sound you can really feel and hear’.
Triumph is dubbing this Bonneville engine family ‘the new heart of the iconic British twin’. Built specifically for the modern classic riding style, each new engine promises to delivers more torque, more immediate and exciting power delivery and a ‘richer sound you can really feel and hear’.
The new 2016 Bonnevilles roaring towards dealerships and showrooms
Source Triumph Motorcycles
Here are the three new engines and which models they’re powering;
The 900cc high torque engine powers the new Street Twin and delivers a massive peak torque figure of 80Nm at a low 3200 rpm, 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. Built specifically for what Triumph are referring to as ‘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.
Finally, what is being called ‘game-changing’ the 1200cc high power ‘Thruxton spec’ engine. With 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 engines enjoy 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.
So what do the models themselves look like? As mentioned earlier, Clutch and Chrome will take a closer look at each model, but here is a brief overview of what riders have been dished up.
The Street Twin is considered the most contemporary with Triumph adding ‘fun and accessible’ as descriptions of the new Bonneville. It’s powered by the all-new high torque 900cc engine described above.
It appears Triumph is presenting this model as a palette for riders to personalize. Offering a distinctive sound, stripped-back styling and dynamic riding experience, the motorcycle manufacturer considers the new Street Twin ‘the perfect Bonneville for today’s rider and the perfect starting point for personalization’.
Some quick pics of the Triumph 2016 Street Twin -
Look for more photos in our review of the 2016 Street Twin Source Triumph Motorcycles
The timeless style and iconic character of the original 1959 model is reborn in the classy and authentic Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T120 Black. As with all the new models, it’s clear which company produced them and it appears Triumph paid attention to the detailing, quality and finish of these new models. The Bonneville T120 series is powered by the all-new Bonneville 1200cc high torque engine.
Last and certainly not least, the new 1200cc Thruxton and Thruxton R are being labelled as ‘the real deal’ by Triumph which considers them the ultimate modern classic café racers.
And this is interesting. Press releases promise much and rightly paint the discussed product in the best possible light. Triumph calls the Thruxton models ‘both with beautifully imposing and authentic styling, they have the power, braking, performance and handling to live up to their legendary name’ and they aren’t exaggerating. Looking at the pictures, the Thruxton models simply look like the only thing missing from cutting through a curve is the rider.
As mentioned earlier, the Thruxton model is powered by the 1200cc high power ‘Thruxton spec’ engine.
Throughout the descriptions of the new models, Triumph continuously refers to their sound. Each model has a totally new exhaust system and a unique exhaust note that matches its character, tuned to a level that can not only be heard, but felt.
Some quick pics of the Triumph 2016 T120 and T120 Black - Look for more photos in our review of the 2016 T120 and T120 Black
Source Triumph Motorcycles
Speaking of which, Triumph has retained the visually feel of what made the manufacturer successful. The simple reason is the new models were designed from original Bonneville lines, more refined, sharper, tighter and crafted, applying styling cues faithfully taken from the classic Bonneville bikes, like the 1968 Bonneville and the 1959 original.
They feature high quality finishes and a striking level of detailing to enhance their iconic looks, such as the beautifully crafted new Monza-style filler cap on the Thruxton.
The look met the sound in this design process. An innovative approach to sensitively incorporating modern functionality, including the exhaust system on the T120 and T120 Black, which has an authentic and clean straight through design, achieved by an ingenious twin skin design that covers the pipe run, through the cat box under the bike, and out again.
While the motorcycle’s looks may remind riders of an exciting two-wheeled era, Triumph are promising the ride is thoroughly modern.
The inclusion of rider-focused technology has been implemented with care to deliver an engaged and safer ride, without compromising the style or character of the bikes. This effort includes ABS, traction control, slip assist clutch, ride-by-wire throttle and rider modes featured on the T120, T120 Black, Thruxton R and Thruxton. Also, distinctive LED rear lights on all models and LED DRL headlights on all the 1200s where legislation allows of course, USB charging socket and an engine immobilizer.
A completely new, ground up chassis design unique to each motorcycle, incorporates all-new suspension and geometry, so all of the new models deliver stunning handling, stability and neutrality tailored to the style and character of each motorcycle, making them easier to ride for longer.
This is particularly true when combined with the light action of the new slip assist clutch.
As every rider likes to think of their own ride as unique, Triumph have designed the new models with an eye to customization.
Triumph have said there are over 470 new, stylish, high quality accessories available to make these rides one of a kind. This includes new exhausts from Vance & Hines and a garage full of custom inspired parts, from mudguard removal kits, to bench seats and beautiful compact bullet indicators to name only a few.
Following a growing trend of making customization as easy as a home improvement project, Triumph have created a series of exciting ‘inspiration’ kits to use as the starting point for riders to create their own Bonneville custom, or to have fitted by their Triumph dealer as a complete set. These kits are available to create unique Scramblers and Brat Trackers as well as Track racers and Café racers. This includes, for the first time, a full factory Thruxton R Race Performance kit, specifically developed for closed circuit competition.
Some quick pics of the Triumph 2016 Thruxton and Thruxton R -
Look for more photos in our review of the 2016 Thruxton and Thruxton R
Source Triumph Motorcycles
With these new models, Triumph appear to have ridden a fine line of updating their range but retaining what has made the motorcycle manufacturer so successful. They are quick to note that these models are the future of the Bonneville, not a futuristic Bonneville.
A phrase riders should expect to see quite a bit is ‘Bonneville. Reborn.’
From the rider’s perspective, they want beautiful motorcycles with real character and traditional values, combined with contemporary levels of refinement and capability. Triumph knows this and seems to have delivered.
The British motorcycle manufacturer hopes the new Bonneville family takes the legendary story to the next chapter with what they have delivered; a major injection of performance, and real riding capability, without losing the original character of the iconic Bonneville, and ‘without becoming a techno reinvention with just a styling nod to the past’ as they like to phrase it.
As usual, the quality and effort of Triumph is hard to question leaving the real test of these models coming from a variety of directions. Whether the ride or sound meets rider’s expectations and of course always the great unknown, what the competition will greet the new Triumph offerings with.
But one thing isn’t in question, riders who lean towards this style of motorcycle and love the ride it promises, Christmas came early.