LEAKED: Liquid-Cooled Triumph Bonneville T120

10/27/2015 @ 1:16 pm, by Jensen Beeler25 COMMENTS


It’s been no big secret that Triumph is about to add liquid-cooling to the venerable Bonneville and its ilk. The cult classic hasn’t changed much in its long and storied past; and don’t worry, beyond the liquid-cooling, it hasn’t changed much for the 2016 model year either.

Thankfully, Triumph has kept the Bonneville aesthetic well inline with what discerning retro-riders and hipsters are looking for in their motorcycles, discretely hiding the machine’s blacked-out radiator.

While the 865cc Triumph Bonneville T100 will still come to the USA for the 2016 model year (free of the EU’s new stricter emission standards), the 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 will travel worldwide, with its 1,200cc parallel-twin engine.

According to the leaked slides on the Triumph Bonneville T120, riders can expect some changes to the new “Bonnie” – namely a bit more power, with torque also improved by 54%.

That should help make the Bonneville T120 a bit more appealing to the Bonneville owners that rely on their machines for actual transportation. Coffee-house parked Bonneville enthusiasts will likely not notice the difference, however.

If we remove our tongue from our cheek, Triumph has done a good job of making the mechanical aspects of the Bonneville more modern, while keeping the heritage flare of the machine, the biggest draw of the Bonneville, intact.

We imagine the British marque will see a good bump in heritage-bike sales with the Bonneville T120 and the other legacy machines it is updating for 2016. Expect to see the model officially debut tomorrow, October 28th.






Source: MoreBikes

  • twinturbodiesel

    I spy an ABS ring. That’s a good addition for the segment.

  • It has to be there for the European market, we’ll see if it comes to the US like that. I would imagine so, but you never know sometimes.

  • Alex

    I wonder if there are improvements in the suspension to compliment the bump in power and braking?

  • Improvements or changes?

  • VForce

    And weight.

  • Robert Kwolek

    I hope the weight isn’t up by much. The previous gen wasn’t too light to begin with.

  • John Walker

    Why a 1200? Less is more with this bike

  • Roasted Piglet

    Or improve the horrible ride on rough pavement.

  • Roasted Piglet

    Finally something we can agree on. The current Bonnie feels like a tank when I back it out of the garage (I do a “J” turn onto a downward sloping driveway, so the bike wants to fall away from me).

  • Roasted Piglet

    When I saw the word “Leaked” in the headline, my first thought was, “Oil, coolant, or fuel?”.

  • Roasted Piglet

    Why would someone riding for transportation need more power? A Honda CB300F is adequate for one-up on a freeway, and the current Bonnie is a couple seconds quicker in the quarter-mile and has about 25-mph more top end.

    The changes that would help the current Bonnie be a better transportation bike would be cartridge damping in the forks and shock, a comfortable seat, and options for heated grips and hard bags that match the styling of the bike.

    I have a bike with the same power but 75 pounds more weight than the Bonnie, but it gets ridden for transportation much, much, more for exactly the reasons (plus wind protection and shaft drive) mentioned in the second paragraph.

  • Steve Wells

    How is an official presentation a “leak”?

  • John Walker

    I was hoping to see a 500 twin not a 1200

  • Roasted Piglet

    Poor quality control on the engine casing castings/finishing and/or the seals used. ;)

    To be fair, my Bonnie more seeps than leaks – but then the dirt cheap TW200 does not leave a mess on the garage floor.

  • Roasted Piglet

    Would be nice to ride if it was under 400 pounds wet, but in the land of Bigger is Better™, it would be a sales loser unless it was under $6K.

  • Jason

    I’m sure owners will appreciate the 50% bump in torque more than any bump in horsepower near redline. For commuting that lower half of powerband is key.

  • VForce

    Nice effort. Especially the Thruxton. The R looks similar to alot of the custom build Thruxtons that I have seen over the years, including Triumph’s own that they showed at their Dealer Conference in 2009.

    But these models would have done even better several years ago before the Hipster fad has peaked. And you can bet HD will be on the warpath trying to get the same customers after the last dismal quarterly report with “renewed efforts on marketing to younger buyers”.

    My money says that the Indian Scout smokes the Bonneville (probably even the Thruxton) and for less money.

  • Roasted Piglet

    The current Bonnie is perfectly fine in that regard.

  • Roasted Piglet

    Maybe if Polaris modified the Scout to be a standard instead of a cruiser. Or did you mean in sales?

  • VForce

    The Scout? It’s not a cruiser. Not any more of a cruiser than a Bonnie is at least.

    I predict the Scout will sell at least as many copies as the Bonnies.

  • Jason

    I’m sure the Scout will sell well but that has a lot to do with it being a cruiser, the most popular market segment in the USA.

    I don’t think the Scout could be easily modified to be a standard due to the rake of the forks. You would need to change the angle of steering head or make a custom set of triple clamps.

  • RickA

    I have seen (more) leaked photos of a Triumph hard tail recently. I would love for them to reissue the original 765cc twin in the hard tail frame. Return the classic Speed Twin!

  • RickA

    The Scout has power but NO cornering clearance. No way to fix that.

  • RickA

    Liquid cooling, fuel injection, restrictive mufflers and airbox and ever bigger engine displacement signal the end of so many classic motorcycles. All being turned into overweight dinosaurs due to ever more restrictive government mandates. I have a 2007 Bonnie T100 with BC Sleeper pipes, airbox removal kit retuned and re-jetted which blows the doors of any new FI Triumphs. And it also SOUNDS like a Triumph now rather than an electric motor.

  • Jason

    At the factory level it is easy to fix. Longer shocks in the back and a different steering head angle and longer forks in the front. The same thing Harley did with the XR1200.
    For an owner it is doable but expensive.