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The 2016 Triumph Thruxton R, at RM91,900, and the Bonneville T120 and T120 Black – at RM79,900 for both models – have arrived in Triumph Malaysia’s Petaling Jaya showroom, and we were there to have a first look. The newest additions to the Bonneville range, following the arrival of the 2016 Triumph Triumph Street Twin recently, the latest iteration of Triumph’s Bonneville range now features an all-new liquid-cooled engine.

This trio of retro-styled motorcycles hark back to when the Hinckley outfit dominated world motorcycling, back in the 50s and 60s. Coming with a liquid-cooled 1,200 cc parallel-twin engine with 270 degree crank, the Bonneville-series engines put out 79 hp and 105 Nm of torque at 3,100 rpm, driving a six-speed gearbox.

Styling for the Bonneville T120 and Thruxton R is decidedly old school, but with many modern touches designed to give the bikes a dash of performance, without giving up any of the retro charm that appeals to many riders. Ride-by-wire is standard, as is ABS. Traction control and riding modes – two for the T120 and three for the Thruxton R – are incorporated into the bikes, bringing the modern conveniences right up-to-date.

Lighting is with full LEDs front and rear, and the headlight has DRLs built-in. Unlike the chrome-detailed T120, the Black version features completely blacked out detailing. These includes the exhaust and engine, and a dark brown leather seat.

The Thruxton R features single-seat cafe racer styling, with handlebars approximately 30 mm lower than the Bonneville T120. Suspension is upgraded, with full adjustable Showa big-piston forks in front with Ohlins twin-shocks at the back, also fully adjustable. Brembo Monoblocs are standard for the Thruxton R, clamping floating discs in front.

Both bikes roll on retro-patterned rubber from Pirelli, the Bonneville T120s on Phantom Sports Comps while the Thruxton gets Diablo Rosso Corsa rubber. The cockpit is a twin-dial affair, showing all the necessary information, with two small rectangular LCDs displaying odometer numbers and ride mode details.

Heated grips are also included in the Bonneville T120 and Thruxton R, as is a USB charging socket. A Torque-Assist clutch prevents rear-wheel lock-up and hop during hard down-shifts.

The 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 and T120 black retail for RM79,900, while the Thruxton R goes for RM91,900. Colours for the T120 are Jet Black, Cinder Red, Cranberry Red/Aluminium Silver and Jet Black/Pure White. The Thruxton R comes in red or silver. Triumph Malaysia is not bringing in the base Thruxton as the price difference between it and the Thruxton R, based on specification, is not justified. The 900 cc 2016 Triumph Street Twin is also in the Triumph showroom, retailing at RM55,900.

GALLERY: 2016 Triumph T120 and T120 Black

GALLERY: 2016 Triumph Thruxton R