2016 Triumph Bonneville launched

After much anticipation, the all-new 2016 Triumph Bonneville has been officially unveiled to the world by the manufacturer.

As expected, the bike is offered in three guises, each with a different liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. Firstly, there’s the entry-level 900cc Street Twin; the 1200cc T120, and the top-of-the-range Thruxton, According to Triumph, each variant of the new Bonneville has a different chassis design and distinct engine, and none shares a single component with the existing Bonneville. It is said that the new liquid-cooled engine offers 36 per cent better fuel-economy than the old one.


The company also revealed the T120 Black, which is basically the Triumph Bonneville T120 with different styling detail, and a Thruxton R, which is a Thruxton which comes with Brembo monobloc brake calipers, Showa big piston forks, Öhlins rear suspension and Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa Tyres.

For your information, the Thruxton R was the bike that was featured in David Beckham’s recent short film titled “Outlaw”.


It is said that the new Bonevilles’ electronic systems have been updated as well, with features like the ride-by-wire throttle, ABS, slip-assist clutch, traction control, LED lights, immobiliser, a chipped ignition key, and a USB charging socket being offered as standard.

While the T120 comes with two riding modes (road and rain), the Thruxton has a third ‘sport’ mode, which promises a ‘more immediate throttle response’. T120 and T120 Black also come with heated grips as standard.


Standard equipment aside, options for the the Street Twin include a Scrambler kit, Vance & Hines exhaust, brushed aluminium components, and brown ribbed ‘bench’ seat; a ‘Brat Tracker’ kit including Vance & Hines slip-on cans, rear mudguard removal kit and a brown bench seat; and an ‘Urban’ kit, including a fly-screen, single leather pannier and Vance & Hines slip-ons.

For the T120 and T120 Black there’s a ‘Prestige’ kit including Vance & Hines peashooter slip-ons, a ribbed and stitched black seat and chrome clutch cover.

For the Thruxton and Thruxton R there’s a ‘Track Racer’ kit, including a cockpit fairing, clip-on bars and leather tank strap; and a ‘Café Racer’ kit, including a fly-screen, rubber knee pads and clip-ons.

Exclusively for the Thruxton R there’s an additional ‘Performance race’ kit which is ‘specifically designed and developed for competition use and closed circuit racing’. Details have not been confirmed but Triumph’s press release says: ‘The Factory Race kit will take the standard engine performance to an even higher level, with more power, torque and lower overall weight.’

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