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2016 Triumph Bonneville family undergoes comprehensive revamp

2016 Triumph Bonneville family pic

The revamped Bonneville family is expected to go on sale in India sometime next year.

The 2016 Triumph Bonneville range which constitutes a total of five variants has no single component in common with its predecessor yet strongly upholds the timeless charm that has always been synonymous with its name. The most affordable variant is the Street Twin which is then followed by the T120 and T120 Black. The range topping variants are the Thruxton and Thruxton R.

2016 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin

2016 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin red side

The Street Twin gets a new 900 cc parallel-twin liquid cooled engine which outputs 80 Nm of torque.

Unlike the old family which adopted a single twin-cylinder 865 cc air-cooled unit across all the variants, each variant of the new lineup adopts distinct chassis and engines to better distinguish between the siblings. The Bonneville Street Twin receives a 900 cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled motor which puts out 80 Nm of torque which is 18% more that what the previous entry level Bonnie offered. The power figures are not announced yet.

While the retro classic appeal is unharmed, Triumph has introduced the essential electronic gadgetry as standard fitments across the range and hence, even the most affordable variant boasts of ABS, ride-by-wire, slip-assist clutch, immobilizer, LED taillight, USB charging cable and even traction control which can be switched off.

You can also personalize your Street Twin with a range of accessories including a scrambler kit complete with Vance & Hines exhaust, or a Brat Tracker kit with clip-on handle bar, or an Urban kit with fly screen and panniers. The Street Twin is offered in five color options – Matte Black, Jet Black, Phantom Black, red and silver.

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 and T120 Black

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 and T120 black

The T120 twins house a 1,200 cc parallel-twin liquid cooled motor which is capable of 105 Nm of torque.

The T120 is derives its inspiration from the ’59 Bonnie and sports chrome finished spoke wheels, padded fuel tank, slender exhaust system, flat seat and brushed aluminum crankcase with bronze accent.

The T120 Black, as the name suggests, replaces most of normal variant’s chrome with black color theme and gets a brown seat. The little bronze accent is replaced by an aluminium insert. Both variants can be personalized with Prestige kit which includes a wide range of accessories. The T120 comes in red, silver, red-silver and black-white color schemes whereas the T120 Black comes either in black or Matte Graphite paint job.

The twins derive powered by a bigger 1,200 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine which has a peak torque of 105 Nm which is 54% more than the old T100 and 9% more than the HD Forty-Eight. The engine offers Road and Rain riding modes.

2016 Triumph Bonneville Thruxton and Thruxton R

2016 Triumph Bonneville Thruxton and Thruxton R silver

The Thruxton and Thruxton R are the most powerful variants of the lot with the 1,200 cc motor outputting 112 Nm of torque.

The cafe racer twins are the most powerful variants of the family. Powered by a pumped up version of the 1,200 parallel-twin engine, the Thruxtons are good for a peak torque output of 112 Nm which is a good 62% more than what the outgoing model had to offer. In addition to the Road and Rain modes, the cafe racers also offer a Sport mode.

The Thruxton R stands apart with top-notch equipment like Brembo monoblock brake calipers, Showa big piston forks, Ohlins rear suspension, and Pirelli Diabllo Rosso Corsa tyres. The Thruxton is available in black, white with black stripe and competition green with golden stripe. The Thruxton R can be had in red or silver.

When it comes to further customization, the duo can be specified with Track Racer Kit which adds a cockpit fairing, clip-on handlebar and so on, as well as a Cafe Racer kit which adds knee pads, clip-ons, etc. The Thruxton R will also have the option of Performance Race kit which will enhance the engine performance and hence is only for competition use and not road-legal.


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Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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