Triumph carries the Bonneville name into a new generation with the Bonneville T120 and T120 “Black.” Such a classic name deserves to be treated with dignity with a certain amount of retro appeal, and the factory took extraordinary steps to keep this ride as old school as possible. The designers didn’t go too far though; a modern mill cranks out 80 ponies and over 77 pounds of grunt under a ride-by-wire throttle and traction control. A modern ride through and through, but with a very definite, and dated, curb appeal. Today I’m going to take a look at the pair to see what goodies Trumpet has in store for us, and what compromises were made in the process.
Folks, this here is one acorn that didn’t fall far from the tree. At a glance one can see shades of the original Bonnie, circa 1959, in the shape of the front fender and fork gaiters, the bench seat and even the frame geometry. Granted, the new T120s aren’t likely to fool anyone, but it’s more of a tribute piece than an actual replica after all.
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