There have been rumors and sightings for some time indicating Triumph was upping the ante on their long-in-the tooth Bonneville and Thruxton. Bigger engines were the primary change everyone was expecting. Now the wait is over. Last week, Triumph unveiled a completely revamped line up based on the Bonneville platform and did not disappoint. Here’s some visual eye candy to show you what the new models look like.
The new Thruxton and Thruxton R.
The Triumph Street Twin.
The new Bonneville T120s.
Unless you think Triumph took an off-the-shelf approach to these new bikes, think again. According to them, these are ground up chassis and suspension designs that include some features never before available in the previous Bonneville and Thruxton line.
Besides the new 1200 cc engine in the T120s and Thruxtons, both of those models now feature ABS, ride-by-wire throttle and rider modes, and slip assist clutch. The engine on the T120s is said to produce 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) of torque at 4950 rpm. Over 60% higher than the dated engine that powered the previous Thruxtons. That same engine has been detuned a bit for the T120s, but 105 Nm of torque at 3100 rpm is nothing to pop an umbrella about.
The Street Twin has the smaller 900 cc engine, but Triumph has re-engineered it to produce more power — 80 Nm (59 lb-ft) to be exact, which according to the Triumph press materials is 18% more than was produced by the older engine of the same size.
Other than the engine size and the extra power that goes with them, the biggest change is that each of these new models is liquid-cooled. Not something you’ll find with any of the other retro models like the Scrambler by Ducati or the Honda CB1100. But Triumph did a nice job tucking the radiator as far out of site as possible so as not to take away from the retro look that has defined the Bonneville line since before it was considered retro.
There’s no indication yet what these models will be priced at, but clearly Triumph threw down the gauntlet to just about every other manufacturer out there and said, “Now let’s see what you got.” Custom bike builders are going to have a field day with every one of these.