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Triumph Motorcycles announced today that its retro icon – the Bonneville T120 is on sale in India. The Bonneville T120 replaces the T100. In terms of styling the T120 looks closer to the original 70’s Bonneville by incorporating original detailing like chrome multi-piece badges, grab rail and wheel rims, centre stand, heated grips and innovative twin skinned chrome exhaust headers and peashooter style silencers – developed specifically to minimise heat discoloration.
The most important upgrade though is the engine. A 1200cc water-cooled unit replaces the 875cc air cooled lump. The torque output is now 54 per cent more than the T100. Efficiency is also up by 13 per cent with a claimed 22.3kmpl in European cycles. The engine retains an air cooled look with cooling fins on the engine head and faux carburetor covers hiding the twin sequential fuel injectors. Underneath the old-school look lies a host of electronics like ride-by-wire, two rider modes, traction control, electronic ABS and heated grips.
The T120 gets a new chassis with new suspension bits. The revised rake makes it more agile and flickable in corners. The suspension provides a great compromise between ride and handling.
The Bonneville T120 is available in four colours – Jet black and Cinder red and two two-tone colours of red and silver and black and white. Triumph has come up with over 160 customisation options and performance upgrades for the T120. They are also selling the Prestige inspiration kit which includes chrome ‘4 bar’ tank badge, ribbed and stitched black seat, compact LED indicators, chrome Vance & Hines peashooter slip on silencers, black ‘Barrel style’ handlebar grips, chrome clutch cover, alternator cover and throttle body embellishments.
The Bonneville launch follows the launch of the Street Twin, with the Thruxton R set for a launch in June. We rode the Bonneville T120 black in Portugal. Read the review here.