Motorcycle Types Cruiser 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 & T120 Black - Preview

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 & T120 Black – Preview

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 & T120 Black

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 & T120 Black - Preview
2016 Triumph T120 and T120 Black

One look at the 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120, and its appearance lures the mind back to the original 1959 Bonneville. But that’s just the roots surfacing; a closer look reveals not only some tweaked styling, but also an all-new water-cooled 1200cc engine featuring twin throttle bodies.

Sticking with the new tagline “Triumph Bonneville – Reborn,” the new T120 – also offered in the T120 Black – delivers the icon into the 21st century of motorcycling – an era when technology trumps all. The T120 and T120 Black are two of five models that adhere to Triumph’s “Reborn” lineup that also includes the Street Twin, and the Thurxton and Thruxton R (the Thruxton R is also available with a “race pack”).

Beginning with the 1200cc engine, the Triumph Bonneville T120’s eight-valve parallel twin now delivers 77.4 ft/lbs of torque at a street-friendly 3100 rpm – up 54 percent over the previous generation Bonneville’s 865cc powerplant that produced 50 ft/lbs of torque at 5800 rpm. And unlike the previous model, the new 1200cc engine is mated to a six-speed transmission.

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 ridingAnd it didn’t stop at horsepower; the 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 with its 270-degree firing order arrives with the latest in technology, including ride-by-wire throttle, traction control that can be switched off, non-switchable ABS, two rider modes (road and rain), and slip-assist clutch. Triumph further revitalizes the Bonneville with LED headlights and brake lights, heated grips with three levels, and twin gauges that offer a speedometer and RPM counter- both with digital interfaces.

Triumph didn’t stop at pure engineering advances of its Bonneville; aesthetics were also in the forefront. The silouetter of the parallel twin remains, but it’s now detailed with brushed aluminum and bronze details, and on the T120 Black some blacked-out engine covers and exhaust. Speaking of the exhaust, it was completely redesigned for the new Triumph Bonneville T120; the T120 receives a “twin-skin design” exhaust that covers the pipe run through the cat box and out again, which hides the typical bluing associated with exhaust pipes.

Triumph has yet to release the price on the 2016 Bonneville T120 and T120 Black, but expect the price to be around $11,000.

Following are the highlights of the 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 and T120 Black:

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Colors:

  • Cranberry Red and Aluminum Silver, with hand painted coach lines
  • Jet Black and Pure White, with hand painted coach lines.
  • Jet Black
  • Cinder Red

2016 Triumph T120 Black Colors:

  • Jet Black
  • Matt Graphite

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Highlights:

  • ABS: Triumph’s variable anti-lock braking system bringing a new level of safety and control to the Bonneville


  • Ride-by-wire: For enhanced throttle responsiveness, safety, feel and fuel economy


  • Traction control: Taking advantage of the ride-by-wire system the switchable traction control system optimizes the delivery of the T120’s amazing torque


  • Two rider modes: Linked to the ride-by-wire system the two selectable rider mode options ‘road’ and ‘rain’ provide the rider with greater control and safety


  • Slip assist clutch: Bringing a lighter touch and feel to the clutch to make it easier to ride, and ride longer


  • LED rear light: Built into the classically inspired tail set-up, bringing a distinctive rear light pattern and power efficiency. With an integrated number plate light


  • LED DRL headlight: Incorporating the latest in daytime running lights (DRL) that delivers a distinctive signature light pattern and enhance power efficiency for long term durability. (Where legislation allows)


  • Heated grips: High specification factory fitted heated grips, with a three-mode settings fitted as standard


  • USB charge socket: Headstock mounted USB socket provided so riders can charge up their essential devices


  • Engine immobilizer: Transponder integrated into the new T120 key


  • Heated Grips: Three settings


  • Twin Gauge Cluster: Feature packed clocks (speedo and rev counter) with 3D dial faces

    • Heated grips setting
    • Rider mode setting – road or rain
    • Gear position indicator
    • Odometer
    • Two trip settings
    • Service indicator
    • Range to empty
    • Fuel level, average and current MPG
    • Access to turn off traction control and ABS features
    • Clock

Triumph also offers a new range of accessories that allow for further personalization, including kits that are dealer installed and retain the factory warranty. The kits – some featuring Vance & Hines exhaust, the company now partnering with Triumph, include:

The Triumph T120 Prestige inspiration kit:

  • Authentic chrome ‘4 bar’ tank badge
  • Ribbed and stitched black seat
  • Compact LED indicators
  • Chrome Vance & Hines peashooter slip on silencers
  • Black ‘Barrel style’ handlebar grips
  • Chrome clutch cover, alternator cover and throttle body embellishers

Note: availability of the Vance & Hines silencers, rear mudguard removal kits and indicators are governed by local market legislation.

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Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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