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Triumph Unveils New Liquid-Cooled Bonneville Family with 1200cc and 900cc Twins

Triumph Thruxton R in Diablo Red

Triumph Thruxton R

As expected, Triumph today announced a new, liquid-cooled Bonneville lineup with 5 new models. Two entirely new engines displace 900cc and 1200cc.

The 900cc twin arrives in the base model Street Twin, while the 1200cc variant has two different states of tune and is featured in the Bonneville T120 and T120 Black and the new Thruxton  and Thruxton R (the higher output 1200).

Ride-by-wire throttle and fuel injection system combines with liquid cooling for big increases in performance and fuel economy, according to Triumph. More details are in the following press release:

  • Introducing the next generation of the iconic Bonneville – with five exciting new Bonneville motorcycles. From the fun and accessible ridability of the new Street Twin, to the timeless style of the Bonneville T120 and T120 Black through to the Thruxton and Thruxton R, the Triumph racing legend reborn. All with 100% authentic Bonneville character and truly modern capability and performance.
  • Powered by an all-new Bonneville engine family 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.
  • With a new ‘ground up’ chassis and suspension design unique to each Bonneville – delivering stunning handling, comfort and control.
  • Each model, a beautiful evolution of the iconic Bonneville styling – tighter and more crafted, with enhanced styling cues faithfully taken from classic Bonneville bikes of the past.
  • Named after the salt flats in Utah where Triumph set the motorcycle world land speed record in 1956, Bonneville was THE original British Superbike and a genuine motorcycle icon, recognised the world over.
Triumph Bonneville T120 in Cinder Red

Triumph Bonneville T120

We are proud to announce the opening of a new chapter in the story of the most famous name and distinctive silhouette in motorcycling: the Triumph Bonneville.

This four year project, that started from the ground up, called on an unprecedented scale of design, engineering and manufacturing skills.

The result – the next generation of the iconic Bonneville. A family of five exciting new motorcycles with 100% authentic Bonneville character, style and presence – all featuring a class-defining 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 new Bonneville model line up
Five all new Bonneville models – all with 100% authentic character, beautifully enhanced styling and truly modern performance.

midle2-Street Twin Aluminium Silver Left

Triumph Street Twin

The Street Twin is our most contemporary, fun and accessible new Bonneville, 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 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. 

New Bonneville Engine family
The 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, more immediate and exciting power delivery and a richer sound you can really feel and hear.

With three new engines:

Triumph Thruxton R

Triumph Thruxton R

The 900cc high torque engine of the new Street Twin.
Delivering a massive 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.
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.
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 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 unmistakable sound of a British twin
Each 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.

Triumph Thruxton

Triumph Thruxton

More Beautiful
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.

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.

More capable
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 includes ABS, traction control, slip assist clutch, ride-by-wire throttle and rider modes (T120, T120 Black, Thruxton R and Thruxton), distinctive LED rear lights on all models and LED DRL headlights on all the 1200s (where legislation allows), USB charging socket and an engine immobiliser.

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.

Triumph Street Twin

Triumph Street Twin

More ways to make your own Bonneville yours
With the launch of our new Bonneville custom accessories range, presenting over 470 new, stylish, high quality accessories, it’s never been easier to create your own special. 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.

To make it easier, we’ve also created a set 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 – from Scramblers and Brat Trackers, to 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.

An unparalleled bloodline
Named after the Utah salt flats where a Triumph 650 Twin streamliner,
piloted by Texan racer Johnny Allen, shattered the two-wheel world land speed record in 1956. First produced in 1959, the T120 Triumph Bonneville was the original British superbike and, thanks to its legendary handling, style, character and sheer individuality, it has become a genuine icon to riders the world over.

Our five new Bonneville models draw on the distinguished and unbroken Triumph heritage of performance and style, from the Speed Twin 5T, the original 1937 500cc parallel twin that set the template for British motorcycling, followed by the 1949 Thunderbird 650, famously ridden by Marlon Brando in ‘The Wild One’, to the rip-snorting Tiger T110, the bike that the original 59 Bonneville eclipsed with its new twin carbs and class-leading performance.

The Bonneville 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.

Triumph Bonneville T120

Triumph Bonneville T120 Black

The future of the Bonneville, not a futuristic Bonneville

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.

Our new Bonneville family takes the legendary story to the next chapter – with 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.

They are what our customers have asked for and what the next generation of Bonneville should be – more beautiful, more powerful and more capable.

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.

Bonneville. Reborn.


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160 Comments

  1. Skif says:

    Imagine the uproar if Harley suddenly slapped radiators on all of the Sportster models. Not much uproar here. I guess the modern Triumph rider is not as tradionalist as some others. They used to be. Styling points to Triumph for keeping the radiator as discreet as possible. Harley likes to encase them in molding making them look bigger.

  2. Flylips says:

    Well, I counted a mere eight uses of “iconic” in the above article … about par for the course these days.

  3. turnergande says:

    Are the shortage of local or close by dealers always a major concern? Other than the initial purchase convenience, I never once took my 1967 or 1971 Norton back to the original new purchase dealers as I moved often back in those days. Guess I was not too concerned either about warranty issues. The bikes never had significant faults and nothing fell off. I did the basic maintenance myself. Seems most any motorcycle shop was able to replace a worn tire but I changed some as well. I replaced some chains. I put over 27,000 miles on the Triumph TR-6 and sold it to a close friend who continued to ride it for many miles and years. The Norton Commando (a real torque machine) was sold sometime in mid 1980’s just before my taking an overseas job. I forgot the mileage figure but I drove it quite a bit over the 14 years I had it. No significant issues with either bike and not much oil drips either especially with the Norton. Yes the Triumph vibrated a bit but not a problem at legal highway speeds. A few light bulb replacements and valve adjustments that were easy to manage myself. A leaky fuel tank valve on the Norton that I fixed. After the Brit bikes I had a used Suzuki GS-1000 and a Honda SL-250; again no dealer visits required. Lucky?

    Aren’t these new generation bikes supposed to be much more reliable?

    • mickey says:

      Not everyone is so lucky. My son bought an Italian bike that has been getting a lot of good press lately. The nearest dealer was in the next state 120 miles away. First problem was an electrical shortage that stopped the bike. We had to trailer it down, leave it, go back a couple weeks later after they put a warranty wiring part on it and pick it up and bring it home. Then it developed an oil leak. Load it up take it to the dealer, leave it, they put an oring in it, go back a couple weeks later and pick it up. Then the transmission locked up. Load it on the trailer, take it down and leave it a couple weeks and then back and trailer it home. First 6 months and less than 6000 miles 3 trips to the dealer on a trailer, 3 more trips to pick it up, and he doesnt have his bike for a month and a half during prime riding season. Now not everyone is so unlucky, but it would have been nice if the dealer network was large enough to have a local dealer within 25 miles or so. We live in a major city with pro baseball and football teams an orchestra, giant theme park, home to volley ball and tennis tourneys yet we dont have BMW, KTM or Ducati dealer. Hard to believe his bike is less reliable than a 60’s Norton, but it’s the truth. Dealers nearby can come in very handy.

    • teelee says:

      Great point about the sl 250 and the GS 1000, simple and easy to fix, But these bikes now have anti lock brakes/traction control/cruise control/fuel injection/on board GPS and the dreaded FI light. Having a dealer close to home is a must for today’s motorcycle owner. Only a dealer can fix or at least have the software to fix or to determine what is the problem. Go tell your dealer how important he is to you and thank him for putting up with the BS from some OEM [Triumph},

      • turnergande says:

        What’s next for new generation motorcycles (or is it already current?) Possibly TPMS – Tire pressure monitoring systems? All newer cars from 2007 apparently have them and it’s the law. Another trouble lamp in the digital display. I just bought a set of 4 @ $30 each for my 2010 car’s spare winter tires and rims. Battery life good for maybe 5 years? Battery cannot be replaced. Progress in a way but at a cost. Some are happy to have this feature, many others wonder how they drove so many years without an issue.

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          Some bikes do have TPMS.

          I’ve had four autos so far with TPMS, three of which I kept long enough to have the battery in at least one sensor quit. They each went about 7 years. I like the feature. My Infiniti would tell me the pressure in each tire which I found very useful as you could see if one tire was trending down (implying that something was causing a leak.)

          I’d consider it a useful feature on motorcycles as well.

    • Paul says:

      I’ve put 49,000 miles on my 1999 Triumph LegendTT and the nearest dealer was 70 miles away. No mechanical problems at all. These new generation Triumphs are as reliable as any bike made.

  4. mickey says:

    As a cpmpetitor in the retro market, Triumph was really strong. These will only bolster their position in that market. Seeing as how the retros make up 50 % of their business in the U.S. Updating a tired line was imperative. Afterall their original Bonnie came out in 1999 with very little upgrades since. This is a serious upgrade. Well done Triumph.

  5. PN says:

    I like the seat line, I don’t care for the black motors, the Amal monobloc-looking EFI looks affected, and the mag wheels give the bikes a heavy look. I think Triumph blew it. Kawasaki should bring out the W800.

    • teelee says:

      I own a W650 and would love to have a W800,these new triumph’s are ugly and heavy and have a shrinking dealer network because the Brits are hard to do business with if you are a dealer

      • Scruby says:

        My local dealer just dumped Triumph,and he’s been a Triumph dealer since the beginning.He hates Triumph corporate and their mandated bullshit.He sells a few Triumph women’s jackets a year.Triumph just sent him 5 pink lady leather jackets by corporate mandate.He has no choice in the matter,oh right,yes he does.He gave them the boot.

        • teelee says:

          My local dealer said stick it where the sun don’t shine to Triumph, pray for Triumph dealers because the dealer is under Triumph’s control. You know what happens when you drink enough cool aid you die. If the dealers were to stick together and say hell no they would stop this business model. My dealer hates the brand with a passion and I now know what kind of brand they are. A socialist company. People don’t buy that shit.

          • Scotty says:

            Thats comedy gold right there!!!!

          • Harry Rasant says:

            This isn’t the first time you’ve made the utterly ridiculous statement that Triumph is a “socialist company”. Socialism is a political ideology not a business model.

  6. North of Missoula says:

    As of yet I have not found wight or HP figures for the Thruxton R. The UK website is publishing 120nm, that is 88ft-lbs. I am going out on a limb and guessing it is a little portly at about 530lbs wet (mostly because of the steel frame and huge engine), and around 100hp at the crank.

    I am also going to guess that it will be 1200 Griso like in the corners, meaning it will be rock stable and predictable given its weight.

    Damn nice motorcycle. It won’t have much of a top end, but that it not what is designed for.

    • todd says:

      If it has 88 lb-ft of torque and is able to keep that up’til a 7,000 RPM rev limiter then it makes 117 hp.

      • todd says:

        The press release above claims 105Nm which is 77 ft-lb, and it can only keep that up to 3100 RPM. This and a 7k rev limiter means less than 100 horse.

        • todd says:

          And that’s not much for a 1200. A GSXR1000 makes more torque than this 1200 Triumph. It’s still a nice design but it’s almost starting to seem like a characterization of a motorcycle.

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          That is the “high torque” version of the engine. The Thruxton comes with the “high power” variant which rings in 112 nm @ 4950 according to the above press release. Still, that means it is pretty unlikely to produce more than 100hp if it redlines at 7K.

          • todd says:

            So the “high torque” version has less torque between the two…

          • Jeremy in TX says:

            I know. Plenty of irony to go around with this new Bonnie. From the lower-torque “High Torque” engine to that classic 270° British twin exhaust note.

  7. MGNorge says:

    I’ve revisited this article a couple of times and I must say that to my eye these Triumphs are starting to look very dated. Dated enough that unless I was a real Triumph nut I would most likely pass them by. This all depends on how strong the retro market is and how long it lasts? I’m ready for Triumph to move forward and start producing some advanced designs. Is there a market for that?

    • Gham says:

      Really? I think they look great and hope the reviews are very positive.Absolutely love the ThruxtenR with fairing and two-tone blue/white paint.

      • MGNorge says:

        I have nothing against Triumph in the slightest. I’d even love to see BSA back in the game if it were possible. I just hope for their sake there’s enough interest in their designs to keep them going. I guess these just didn’t pop for me.

      • teelee says:

        But do you like it a 14,500 dollars, wait 18 months and they will be cheaper, dealers will be closing or dropping the brand. Triumph makes some duds that set around for years

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          I haven’t heard of any more Triumph dealers folding or dropping the line than any other brand. What makes you think the closing of your local dealer is somehow systemic? The Triumph dealers around here are the same ones that existed before the recession, and Triumphs are an important part of each one’s business. Triumph’s US business is growing by double digits, so your predictions seem driven more by emotion than any empirical evidence.

          • teelee says:

            It is happening, dealers dropping the brand. Maybe not in your area but it is happening. Do a state by state search and some states don’t have a dealer that had a dealer last year. Stay safe and don’t buy a British bike

        • Gham says:

          Yes,even at $14,500 I do like it although the T120 will probably be my ultimate choice just so I can take my wife with me

    • Selecter says:

      There are always the Street Triple and Speed Triple!

      • teelee says:

        Look at the Kawasaki z800 or gsx-s750, quality product with lots of dealers to get it serviced , don’t buy a ragged a$$ Triumph, that stuff is ugly, and a shrinking dealer network

        • Tom K. says:

          Don’t hold back, tell us how you really feel about Triumph (for the 10th time this thread). What, did someone with an English accent poop in your mess kit in the service, or are you a Hyosung dealer? Sheesh (blimey).

          I’ve never owned a Triumph, but given the right balance of machine, price, and dealer, would consider it. I think these new Bonnie iterations are a definite (styling) improvement over anything that the (modern) Triumph company has offered yet, I would like to see all of them in person.

  8. Artem says:

    Those things looks heavy. Not a BSA/

  9. Jb says:

    Yeah, they should call in the Italians so they can paint every model red and hardly tell the difference from one model to the next, silly Triumph!

  10. Martin B says:

    This is a bit like stepping into the twilight zone. I gasped with shock at the T120 Bonneville, seeing the 1968 Trophy I had a test ride on (rejecting it because it left an oil puddle on my left boot). This is just pure motorcycling perfection, just the most beautiful thing ever made. And to think it has a modern, water-cooled 1,200cc twin engine, modern levels of handling and suspension, as well. I barely glanced at the others, though the Speed Twin looks like fun. I can’t say I even noticed the tank seam – it made little impact.

    The point is, as an emotional object, the new T120 has hit the mark fair and square. Probably as a motorcycle as well. But this is something you can park in your garage as simply stare at for prolonged periods of time. If only they ride as well as they look.

  11. turnergande says:

    So many motorcycle manufacturers have visible seams on their fuel tanks and I suppose most buyers don’t have any concerns. Maybe its a cost saving measure? My old 1967 Triumph TR-6 had its seam right down the middle of its tank with a covering to make it look reasonably okay – still a seam though. The perfect look in my opinion would be a seamless tank. One other more minor point is the rear shocks which have exposed springs rather than full covers.

    I think the covered shocks on the original Triumphs looked better. I’d also like to see more paint color options on the fuel tanks. Personally I don’t really care for the all or mostly black look but Triumph marketing must have thought there is enough buyer demand.

    I’d also like to see a T120 option with up-swept megaphone style pipes like those on their other models. My old 1971 Norton Commando had them and they were very impressive looking – nice sound too. Overall I like Triumph’s efforts to recreate these classic styled bikes. I’m hoping they will make some changes in the future to improve a few (in my opinion) minor mostly cosmetic shortcomings.

    The Thruxton ‘cafe racer look’ is visually appealing but low bars can be awkward for some folks especially during low speed maneuvering; rather tiring on one’s arms and back (my experience anyway).

  12. Vrooom says:

    Would love to see dyno results for these bikes!

  13. PN says:

    Gee, not so good. Triumph should call in the Italians.

  14. James says:

    Why would Triumph aim at “100% authentic Bonneville character, style and presence” and then give us the large, accentuated tank seam? When the original new Bonneville Classics came out, and for several years thereafter, the tank seam was a big issue. This is not new. Most people didn’t like it because several other real classics – Harleys, Guzzis, Ducatis Enfields – do not have large, elongated tank seams as intentional, prominent styling elements. They all have rounded, finished tanks. The original Bonnevilles, ’59 – ’83, certainly had rounded, finished tanks. The seam is prominent and unattractive and not classic and most people do not care for it.

    Could someone with the ear of Triumph please ask as to why it insists on the tank seam? To me it just ruins the whole retro look of the bike.

  15. Starmag says:

    Centerstand, heated grips, cruise control. Beautiful. Seeya Norton. I’m sure Peter Egan already has his order in. Kudos.

  16. Provologna says:

    Where’s the Scrambler?

  17. Bartman50 says:

    Ok..I WANT one!! A Thruxton R that is. Have you had a chance to see the half fairing on the Triumph website..Damn!!! Gotta have one. Nicest alternative platform I have seen in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I lust after a KTPM 1290 Superduke, and have many happy miles with the BMW 1200RT’s, and have sampled 40+ motorcycles over my 45+ years of riding. But this new Thriumph rings that bell I have not heard for a long time. Classic looks, and you know that twin with absolutely THUMP. The setup looks competent with upscale parts and a big thought towards accessories. Want one!!

    • Jeckyll says:

      I sat on a Thruxton once. 2 minutes was enough to know that I’d not want to repeat that and certainly not ride it for any length of time.

      Looked great, sounded great, felt horrible. YMMV of course 🙂

  18. Stuki Moi says:

    They look nice enough. The Thruxton reminds me of the discontinued Ducati Sportclassics more than older Bonnies. At a size of 1200cc I would have preferred they made it air cooled. These engines, at least in the pics, just look like nondescript piles compared to the beauty powering the CB1100. Bonnies, for whatever reason, seem to outsell the Honda, however, so what do I know…

  19. Louis says:

    So you still have to remove the mufflers to take off the back tire on the T120?
    That’s a deal breaker for me. However, my eyes are wide open looking at that beautiful Thruxton! Wow!