Triumph’s long standing Bonneville series has undergone a massive transformation for the 2016 model year. The company, last year, unveiled five all-new variants, featuring two all-new liquid-cooled engines, along with a raft of modern additions. Now, the company has started to accept bookings for the Thruxton, Thruxton R, Street Twin, T120 and T120 Black at 12 dealerships across the country.
The Street Twin is the new entry-level model in the 2016 Bonneville family. It features all-new styling, a new chassis, and the first of the two new-liquid-cooled engines – a 900cc parallel-twin with a 270° firing interval. While no power figures were released, the new engine produces 80 Nm torque at just 3200 rpm, an 18% hike over the previous 865cc unit. The company also claims that with liquid-cooling, fuel-efficiency has gone up by 36%. The new model also gets a six-speed gearbox, whereas the old one had only a five-speed unit.
Next up is the Bonneville T120 & T120 Black. The erstwhile Bonneville T100 was the classic variant in the series, a sort of throwback to the Bonnies of yore. The T120 follows on those lines. The new-shape body gets numerous chrome details, with spoke wheels thrown in to complete the period look. Underneath the nostalgic exterior though lies a modern heart. The T120 features an all-new 1200cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. This engine produces 105 Nm of torque, a massive 54% more than the T100, which was equipped with the 865cc engine. The T120 Black is only visually different to the T120, with an all-black theme replacing the chrome finish.
And finally, we come to the most exciting models of the lot – the 2016 Thruxton and the Thruxton R cafe racers. They come with the same new liquid-cooled 1200cc parallel-twin as the T120, although in higher state of tune, outputting more power and torque. Triumph says that they’ve given the Thruxton’s dynamics as much attention as they’d paid for the Daytona 675, which says a lot. Not only do they look sinfully exquisite, they also have the performance to back their cafe racer credentials too! The hardcore Thruxton R gets fully-adjustable Showa Big-Piston forks and Ohlins shock absorbers, Brembo Monobloc callipers, and super-sticky Pirelli rubber, all of which should help it deliver exceptional cornering performance.
While the previous generation Bonnevilles were great motorcycles in their own right, they were rather simple machines, and came sans any electronic rider aids. The 2016 models though, are abounding with them. All bikes get ABS, Ride-by-Wire, and traction control, along with a slipper clutch. The T120 and both the Thruxtons also feature switchable riding modes, to help to get the best performance for the given conditions.
Triumph has also announced a massive catalogue of over 470 accessories for the 2016 Bonneville family. Given its mod-friendly nature, the Bonneville platform has been a darling for customizers around the world for a long time. The new range of bolt-on accessories will only make it easier to customize the new bikes as per your taste.
While the current Bonnevilles are relatively well-priced, the new bikes will be priced at a higher point, considering all the new features and electronics they’ll come with. The bikes will be on display at the 2016 Auto Expo between 5th and 9th of February. Stay tuned for more details.