Next generation of iconic Triumph Bonneville motorcycles launched

Posted on 3 Nov 2015 by Tim Brown
The Bonneville T120 and an original 1959 version - image courtesy of Triumph
The Bonneville T120 and an original 1959 version - image courtesy of Triumph.

British Motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph, has released a new generation of what it calls the 'most famous name and distinctive silhouette' in motorcycling: the Triumph Bonneville.

In its early years, the Trimph Bonneville inspired a sub-culture of teenage rockers and café racers, drawing attention and turning heads at coffee bars and burn-ups all over the world – becoming the ride of choice for stars and celebrities like Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and Bob Dylan.

Triumph, in Hinckley, Leicestershire has now unveiled a new generation of Bonneville for a new generation of customisers and riders looking to own a motorcycle icon.

The new Triumph Bonneville models are result of a four year project that has resulted in a family of five new motorcycles.

With a dedicated chassis and suspension package for each new model, Triumph has said that the new models perform and handle how a truly modern classic should.

The new Triumph Bonneville model line up

The Street Twin is the most contemporary, fun and accessible new Bonneville, powered by an all new high torque 900cc engine.

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. The T120 and T120 Black are powered by the all-new Bonneville 1200cc high torque engine.

The new 1200cc Thruxton and Thruxton R are modern classic café racers.

New Bonneville Engine family

The Triumph Bonneville engine family is the new heart of the iconic British twin. Built specifically for the modern classic riding style, each new engine delivers more torque and more immediate power.

Triumph has released 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 a 18% more than the previous generation and is delivered low down and across the whole rev range.

The 1200cc high torque engine of the Bonneville T120 and T120 Black, which produces a peak torque figure of 105Nm at a low 3100 rpm – more than 54% higher than the previous generation T100.

The 1200cc high power ‘Thruxton spec’ engine,, which features a peak torque figure of 112Nm at 4950 rpm – 62% higher than the previous generation Thruxton.

The unmistakable sound of a British twin

According the motorcycle maker, each Triumph Bonneville model has a totally new exhaust system and a unique exhaust note that matches its character, tuned to a level that you can feel and hear.