Triumph was founded in Coventry by German emigre Siegfried Bettmann in 1893. By 1902 the company had produced its very first motorbike. The British company would then go through many turbulent years, including bankruptcy and buyouts, two Worlds Wars, and the Great Depression, but Triumph finally triumphed. The company had always made fine motorbikes but luck was against them. That was until Hollywood legend Steve McQueen made Triumph a household name thanks to his memorable gun-blazing scene in The Great Escape atop his TR6 Trophy. A Triumph was McQueen’s very first bike, which he had delivered to Universal Studios in the ‘50s. He learned to ride it in the local desert.
But McQueen wasn’t the only acting great with a soft spot for Triumph, Marlon Brando was also a fan. Brando famously rode a 1950 Thunderbird 6T in the cult movie The Wild One; making the brand ever more desirable. In the Fifties and Sixties the Triumph motorcycle was the very definition of cool, but the brand’s revolutionary new models, the T120 and the T120 Black, might be even cooler…
The timeless style and iconic character of the original British Bonneville motorbike is reborn in the elegant T120, and the effortlessly cool T120 Black. Both crafted to the highest standard of detailing, quality and finish, then matched by the capability and performance of a truly modern classic. The bike’s design is inspired by its older brother, the legendary 1959 Bonneville, and styled to incorporate more of the original’s iconic DNA. Both with a significantly higher level of finish, beautifully authentic detailing and standard of equipment that sets a new benchmark.
An all-new chassis and suspension developed for refined all day riding every day, all day, with or without a passenger. Combining Triumph’s signature ride dynamic of neutrality, agility and stability with advanced levels of capability and comfort.
The T120 and T120 Black are two of the five exciting motorcycles in the new Bonneville family – all with 100% authentic character, truly modern capability and performance. Like the iconic original Bonneville T120, which enjoyed global success thanks to its heartstopping looks and game-changing performance, the new additions have real pedigree, presence and performance.
The power comes from the all-new 1200cc ‘high torque’ eight valve, parallel twin engine that’s fed by authentically styled twin throttle bodies. Built specifically for the modern classic riding style, with immediate and exciting torque delivery, it produces a peak torque figure of 105Nm at a low 3,100 rpm – an amazing 54% more than the previous generation. With the pinpoint accuracy and instant throttle response of Triumph’s next generation ride-bywire fuel-injection and engine management system, the six-speed 1,200 Bonneville engine is engineered with a charismatic tone and 270° firing interval for a characterful, linear power delivery.
The engine profile has been beautifully crafted to incorporate key heritage styling cues from the legendary ‘60s Bonneville bikes, sensitively incorporating contemporary components to maintain that iconic engine silhouette. The finish has also been taken to a new high standard, with brushed aluminium engine covers, and elegant bronze detailing on the T120, and black engine covers with machined aluminium detailing on the T120 Black.
Behind the new engine’s stylish exterior sits a cutting-edge liquid cooling system, carefully integrated to minimise its visual impact whilst achieving cleaner emissions and enhancing fuel efficiency – a 13% improvement compared to the previous generation. This, combined with a new extended service interval of 10,000 miles (16,000km) dramatically reduces the overall cost of ownership.
To finish, the brand’s signature peashooter exhausts follow a clean ‘straight line run’ achieved through an ingenious twin skin design that covers the pipe run through the cat box and out again. Delivering the true sound of a British twin, with a deep and rich exhaust note that truly matches the T120’s character.
Now all you need to decide is which colour you want.