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.