2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 (7)

Triumph Motorcycles has announced the pricing of its two new Bonneville models – the T120 and Thruxton – during the bikes launch in Portugal. Both retro-styled machines are a new-generation of parallel-twin for Triumph, featuring liquid-cooled engines in order to meet increasingly stringent emissions standards. The retirement of the air-cooled twins last year was a celebration of sorts for the Hinckley, UK, based manufacturer, bringing to an end nearly 70 years of the barrel-finned parallel-twin for British motorcycles.

Both the Bonneville T120 and the Thruxton will be using, from 2016 onwards, Triumph’s new water-cooled 1,200 cc eight-valve ‘high-torque’ parallel-twin engine. Triumph claims the engine, in the version for the T120, puts out 79 hp and 104 Nm of torque at 6,550 rpm. While the numbers may not sound like much compared to the usual sportsbike numbers, “Bonnies” are rather more laid-back bikes that suit a relaxed riding pace, albeit with a dash of ‘sportiness’.

The Triumph Bonneville comes in two flavours, the base T120 and the T120 Black. Triumph announced the pricing for the up-right seated retro bike last December, at a base price of 9,600 pounds sterling (RM56,232). What is news is selecting the matte or metallic paint options will add 150 pounds sterling (RM900) to the price, while the two-tone paint scheme will set the buyer back 300 pounds sterling (RM1,800).

2016 Triumph Thruxton R (2)

While the Bonneville T120 is interesting, what has garnered the attention of Triumph fans is the Thruxton, in standard and ‘R’ forms. The Thruxton uses the same engine as the Bonneville, but the mill has been tuned to put out a claimed 96 hp and 116.9 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm. The Thruxton R comes from the factory with Brembo Monobloc brakes, Showa up-side down forks and an Ohlins absorber at the back. The base 2016 Thruxton retails for 10,400 pounds sterling (RM60,900) while the Thruxton R goes for 11,700 pounds sterling (RM68,500).

The 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 will be available in UK dealerships in April, while the Thruxton is expected to hit showroom floors in May. Triumph Malaysia has informed paultan.org that the following 2016 Triumph models will be launched in Malaysia before mid-year – Bonneville T120, Bonneville T120 Black, Thruxton R, Street Twin and Tiger Low Rider – and are currently accepting bookings.

GALLERY: 2016 Triumph Thruxton and Thruxton R

GALLERY: 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 and T120 Black