Triumph is in the process of updating its Modern Classic series, which means the T120 Bonneville and the company’s other 1200cc models are all revised to meet Euro5 emissions, among other updates. Available at Canadian dealers this spring, they will be classified as 2022 models.
The liquid-cooled parallel twin gets a lighter crankshaft, new balancers and a new clutch, reducing internal power loss. The improved efficiency means that the engine is now Euro5 compatible, with better fuel economy. There are two versions of the engine. The T120 models develop 79 horsepower at 6550 rpm and 77 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm, a very low cap for maximum torque. The Speedmaster and Bobber models produce 77 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 78 lb-ft of torque at 3,850 rpm. They are supposed to feel more torque at low revs.
Both versions of the engine have major service intervals of 16,000 km.
All 1200 cc models have an electric throttle, with Rain and Road drive modes. Switchable traction control is standard and ABS. As you can imagine, Triumph offers a wide range of accessories for all these models. Some of the extras are model specific, and some will fit anything from the 1200 line.
Triumph T120 Bonneville
Triumph’s flagship retro bike. This machine is covered in chrome and other retro touches including knee pads and spoke rims. These aluminum rims are new for 2021, expected to significantly reduce unsprung weight, which improves handling. There is also a new set of Brembo caps up front and updated instruments. The front forks are also new, a set of 47mm cartridge units from Showa. The T120 Bonneville will retail for $ 13,450 in Canada, with availability in May.
Triumph T120 Black
This is a sportier version of the T120 formula, with blackened finishes. It’s very similar to the Bonneville, and also comes in May, for the same price of $ 13,450.
With a little less power, the Speedmaster focuses more on cruising comfort than the T120 models. This model also gets new Showa 47mm cartridge forks, for better handling, and Brembo brakes. There are a few changes to the trim, along with new LED lights and other minor tweaks. Nothing too shocking, but the machine takes a step forward for the 2022 model year. It should be in Canadian dealerships by March, priced at $ 14,590.
The Bobber is coming back, but now Triumph only sells one Bobber model. It’s the same formula: a fake hardtail (there’s a hidden mono shock), but it has a thicker aesthetic for 2021, thanks to a big 16-inch front wheel, more robust front forks, bellows. Avon Cobra fork and big tires.
There are some decent improvements here. Along with improving the fuel efficiency of the readjusted engine, Triumph has reduced the gas tank from two gallons to three gallons. Hello, improved autonomy! Now the question is, will you be comfortable on the bike for long trips? The seat and adjustable controls should help, as well as accessories to adjust the fit of the bike.
The Bobber appears in showrooms in March, priced at $ 14,950.