Triumph Revamps Bonneville Lineup for 2016

The all-new 2016 Triumph Bonneville lineup.
The all-new 2016 Triumph Bonneville lineup.

Triumph has announced an all-new Bonneville lineup for 2016, with five models: the new Street Twin, the Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T120 Black, and the Thruxton and Thruxton R. All models feature new, more powerful engines, new chassis and suspension, and enhanced “classic” styling.

The four-year, ground-up redevelopment project required an unprecedented amount of design, engineering and manufacturing, Triumph says.

2016 Triumph Street Twin
2016 Triumph Street Twin

The Street Twin is considered the “most contemporary, fun and accessible” new Bonneville, powered by an all-new, high-torque, 8-valve, 900cc parallel-twin engine. Triumph claims peak torque of 59 lb-ft at 3,200 rpm—an 18-percent increase over the previous 855cc engine. Ripe for customization, Triumph says the Street Twin offers unique character, a distinctive sound, stripped-back styling and a dynamic riding experience.

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 and T120 Black
2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 and T120 Black

With timeless style and iconic character, the Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T120 Black evoke the original 1959 model. With high levels of detailing, quality and finish, these modern classic are powered by the all-new, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, 1,200cc parallel-twin, which makes 77 lb-ft of torque (claimed) at 3,100 rpm—54 percent more than the previous-generation T100.

2016 Triumph Thruxton R and Thruxton
2016 Triumph Thruxton R and Thruxton

The café racer-styled Thruxton and Thruxton R also get a new 1,200cc engine, but with a higher state of tune. Maximum claimed torque is 83 lb-ft at 4,950 rpm—a 62-percent increase over the previous Thruxton. These two models offer the highest level of performance, braking and handling in the Bonneville family.

The three new engines feature throttle-by-wire and liquid cooling, and the 1,200cc engines offer different riding modes. Each model has a new exhaust system with a unique sound matched to its character. The 1,200cc models also come with ABS, traction control, slip-assist clutches and LED DRL headlights (where legislation allows), and all five models have LED taillights, USB charging outlets and an engine immobilizer.

All-new chassis design is unique to each model, with new suspension and revised geometry. And updated styling is more faithful to the original Bonneville lines, which Triumph describes as “more refined, sharper, tighter and crafted.” High-quality finishes and new detailing enhance their iconic looks, such as the new Monza-style fuel filler cap on the Thruxton.

To complement the all-new lineup, Triumph will offer a full range of Bonneville accessories, with 470 items ranging from Vance & Hines exhausts to bench seats to compact bullet-shaped turn indicators, to name only a few. Triumph has also created a set of ‘inspiration’ kits to use as the starting point for riders to create their own Bonneville custom, or to have fitted by their Triumph dealer as a complete set—from scramblers and brat trackers to track racers and café racers. This includes, for the first time, a full factory Thruxton R Race Performance kit, specifically developed for closed-circuit competition.

Pricing and availability for the 2016 Bonneville lineup is TBD.


  1. The Street Twin looks like an American model Bonneville (or Trophy) from the late 70’s/early 80’s, and the Bonneville T120 looks superb. Except the red/silver model emphasises the tank seam, so that will annoy some. The all red model resembles the original Amaranth Red models from the 50’s. But why no reverse duo color? The original ’68 Bonnie at the opening had this scheme and looked great.

    I am not bending over to ride a motorcycle. Just not doing it. So the Thruxtons are out, but they otherwise look fun.

    Finally Triumph have captured the iconic look of the most beautiful object ever made by man, the 1968/1969 Bonneville. Either that or the ’69 Mustang, take your pick. But I love it.

    BTW, one of my secret lusts in my youth was a ’71 Gold metal flake Bonneville at a local bike shop. I drooled all over it. But I rode Jap 2 strokes…

  2. I recently bought a 2015 Triumph Newchurch, having ridden it for 1200km on its first outing i can say that it needed either taller gearing or a 6th gear. I also noted from other people’s comments on sites i visited before buying that there were no ABS or creature comforts.
    When i look at the new specs for the latest generation Bonneville’s i have to applaud Triumph they have addressed nearly all of the negative points raised consistently during the previous models. I will be looking to update in the spring once the new model arrives in Canada. Well done Triumph

  3. Love the new triumph liquid cooled ,Is the furture ,more power ,more torque better handling ,might have to sell my 750 Bonnie and my 99 legend and move up ! Thanks Triumph , Vinny G


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