That headline is a bit of a misnomer, since the new liquid-cooled Triumph Bonneville has been “spied” for some time now in the media.
Triumph is at least capable of admitting that its hipster machine is getting an update now, releasing this teaser video that hints at “something big” coming our way – if liquid-cooling an engine is something big, then we couldn’t agree more.
The Triumph Bonneville is part of Triumph’s heritage line, and like Harley-Davidson’s machines, the bike sells not because of its technology or reliability, but because of the aesthetic it provides the rider.
Because of this, the Bonneville doesn’t need an update to continue selling units to the beard and flannel crowd; however tightening emission standards, namely the upcoming Euro 4 standard, require some older engine designs to get a refresh, in order to save the penguins.
The Triumph Bonneville’s air-cooled parallel-twin being no exception to this reality.
October 28th, 2015 seems to be the date that we will see the 2016 Triumph Bonneville, which is likely to come in a variety of flavors.
We doubt the design will stray too far from the original, though the power plant will be greatly reworked. Until then, you’ll have to continue sipping your hand-pressed, free trade, gluten-free espresso with enthusiastic patience.