Triumph Begins Teasing the Liquid-Cooled Bonneville

10/12/2015 @ 12:40 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS


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.

Source: Triumph

  • irksome

    As a 57 yr old 6’4″ non-hipster who is starting to find the ergos of his ’98 Speed Triple a tad, shall we say restricting, I would lobby for a sizable increase in displacement and hp output if they want to expand interest beyond the I’m-too-young-to-remember retro market.
    In the meantime, I’ll keep looking at V11 Guzzis and wishing they’d move the pegs/boards back on the 1700cc T-Bird.

  • Roasted Piglet

    The Bonnie does not need more power. Brakes are adequate, but ABS should be available.

    What the bike really needs are dampers that are better than what came on a 1938 Speed Twin, and a seat that is reasonably comfortable. And fixing the oil leaks would be nice – or is that part of the retro design?

  • VForce

    The suspension is only part of the problem. Even after I put a Honda CBR F2 front end and Ohlins shocks on my Bonneville, it just made the hinge in the middle of the frame that much worse. Yes, you can improve it with a decent set of shocks and stiffer front fork springs, but it still sucks by modern standards because of the frame.

    ABS will have to be available on the Bonneville line, the European safety standards require it in the near future. I can’t remember exactly when, but it’s coming. And at some point, it will be required here in the USA as well.

  • Roasted Piglet

    My intent was not to turn the Bonnie into a Street Triple that can do dual-duty as a track-day bike, but simply into a decent bike to ride on less than perfect pavement.

    On the local road pictured below, I can ride seated at the 45-mph speed limit on the Honda Deauville (with its cheap damping rod suspension), and while I certainly notice the surface is rough, it is not particularly unpleasant. The Bonnie bounces around so much, that I end up standing just to keep the bike under better control. On the state highway which is asphalt overlay over slab-faulted concrete, I notice the bumps on the Deauville, but can stay seated for worst 10-mile stretch. On the Bonnie, I stand the whole way, due to the hit my back otherwise would take over each of the 2,500+ crack-control joints.

  • Ducati Kid


    Your not alone – a TRIUMPH ‘Speed Twin ‘ Concept motorcycle.

    It a revised, retrospect, 865cc Bonneville soon to be orphaned by TRIUMPH’S forthcoming 1200cc Liquid Cooled Bonneville.

    Note lacking exposed Oil Radiator – now concealed along with an associated finned, frame backbone, reservoir.

    ‘Past as Future!’

  • Roasted Piglet

    I wish Triumph had gone the other direction – a 650cc liquid cooled parallel twin Bonnie with a wet weight of about 400 pounds. This 1200cc version is more likely to weigh well over 600 pounds. :(

  • Daimyo

    Dear lord I hope it’s not over 600!

  • Roasted Piglet

    The current Bonnie is 495 pounds wet, so by the time they put a 1,100-1,200cc liquid cooled engine (and by necessity heavier transmission) in it, it will be close to 600 pounds, unless they use some weight saving technology.