Triumph has announced updates for the T120 and T100 series of retro motorcycles, with improved chassis and re-tuned engines, as well as conformity to latest European emissions regulations.
The T120 series returns with its big-bore liquid-cooled 1200 cc parallel twin. The updated engine has considerable effort made to reduce its internal power loss. A lighter crankshaft, and new clutch and balancer shaft make the engine more efficient, and Triumph says there’s “a notably more immediate and responsive throttle.” The new engine makes 79 horsepower at 6,550 rpm, and 77 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. That’s pretty low, especially for a parallel twin.
Triumph says the new engine has major service intervals at 10,000 miles. Of course, it’s Euro5-certified, and Triumph says it’s also more fuel-efficient.
Now, there are two sub-models in the T120 line, the Bonneville T120 and the T120 Black. The Bonneville T120 is the lux version, with chrome trim, flashy paint, knee pads on the tank—you know the drill. Buy this bike, and you’ll look like Bob Dylan, en route to your date with destiny in upstate New York, 1966.
The T120 Black has less flashy trim (“a host of premium blacked-out details and components” says the Triumph marketing spiel). Both bikes have LED daytime running lights, and old-school dual-gauge dash. Along with speedo and tach functions, the clocks have LED readouts for info on the bike’s onboard electronics (Triumph’s latest ABS comes standard, and switchable traction control, and Road and Rain riding modes).
The T120 gets new aluminum rims (18-inch front, 17-inch rear), cutting a lot of unsprung weight. Triumph says this means a significant improvement in handling. There are new front brake calipers from Brembo, with new discs. Added all up, Triumph says “The combination of weight savings, new wheels, and higher specification brake set-up makes the new T120 the best handling Bonneville T120 ever.”
The Speedmaster is built along the lines of old British “gentleman’s express” models: A bit more laid-back, almost a cruiser. It runs the T120 engine, but re-tuned for torque, especially in the low- and mid-range. Peak output is 77 horsepower at 6,100 rpm, and 78 pound-feet of torque at 3,850 rpm. Ninety percent of torque is available up through 5,750 rpm. The major service intervals are still at 10,000 miles. Like the T120, the Speedmaster also has Road and Rain riding modes, which in turn govern throttle response and traction control. Torque-assist clutch is standard, making for easier usage in stop-and-go traffic. Cruise control is standard as well.
For 2021, the Speedmaster gets new bigger-diameter Showa cartridge forks, with a preload-adjustable monoshock (cleverly hidden away, for that retro look). There’s a new set of Brembo brakes, too. Seat height is 27.5 inches, so this bike is very accessible.
The Speedmaster comes with lots of flashy trim, and full LED lighting. There’s an extensive factory accessory package available for this machine, as Triumph figures most owners will want to customize their ride. Expect new exhaust options, luggage (including a swingarm bag), windscreens and lots more.
The Bobber is back, but Triumph will only offer one Bobber model this year, for efficiency and to avoid diluting the line.
The updated Bobber gets the same 1200 cc liquid-cooled parallel twin as the Speedmaster, tuned for torque instead of the T120’s higher horsepower. Fuel economy is improved, and the Bobber now has a three-gallon fuel tank, which should make a big difference in the bike’s range.
Like the other 1200 models, the Bobber has ride-by-wire throttle that enables Road and Rain riding modes. ABS is standard, of course.
There’s a new 16-inch fat front wheel, and the beefy 47 mm front forks are also new. Triumph uses Avon Cobra tires on the Bobber, specifically designed for the machine. With a big rear tire as well, fork gaiters, side-mount ignition barrel, and wide handlebars, the whole look is sort of a chunky ’40s aesthetic, with rear suspension and other bits cleverly hidden away.
As with the previous Bobber, there’s some adjustability built into the riding position (even the levers), to allow riders of all sizes to fit onto the bike.
Triumph also put LED lights on the Bobber, and new-for-2021 trim. Like the other machines, the Bobber is compatible with some of Triumph’s general accessories, but it also has some add-ons specifically designed to fit its unique architecture.
The T100 series is a hot seller for Triumph right now, and it’s probably going to be even more popular going forward, as Triumph’s significantly improved the line.
The 900 cc liquid-cooled parallel twin gets a healthy 10 horsepower increase for 2021, now making 64 horsepower at 7,400 rpm. Peak torque is 59 pound-feet at 3,750 rpm, with 80 percent of peak torque available from 2,000 rpm through 7,000 rpm. That means there’s always plenty of jam when you need to accelerate. The red line also rises by 500 rpm, although most riders won’t spend too much time there. The engine is supposed to be much more responsive now, thanks to the updates.
The improvements are the result of several changes to the engine’s internals: low-inertia crankshaft, lighter balancer shafts, and some other lightened bits. Like the T120 engine, the T100 is now Euro5-compliant. As well, major services are at 10,000-mile intervals. ABS and traction control come standard; traction control is switchable, but ABS isn’t, thanks to EU rules.
The Bonneville T100 not only has the updated engine, but it’s also lost eight pounds for 2021, improving power-to-weight and handling. It gets higher-spec front cartridge forks and Brembo brakes. And, as with the previous Bonneville T100, it gets lots of flashy trim, chrome, and expensive paint. Naturally, there’s a long list of accessories you can add, if you want to further bling out your machine.
The Street Twin uses the same engine as the T100, so it gets a horsepower boost for 2021 as well, and lots of low-down torque, with extended service interals. The T100 Bonneville is more of a retro bike; the Street Twin retains much of that character, but has a bit more of an emphasis on handling and modern touches like a ride-by-wire throttle, offering Rain and Road riding modes. Like the other new T-series machines, the Street Twin has switchable traction control and ABS.
Triumph designed new cast wheels for the Street Twin, instead of the old-fashioned spoked wheels on the Bonnevilles. In turn, that means Triumph was able to put Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tires on the Street Twin, which should offer superior grip. There’s a set of cartridge forks up front, with Brembo brakes, which should make the bike handle better as well. The seat is also thicker, which should improve comfort. And like all Triumph’s new machine, there’s a long list of accessories available.
Triumph also updated the Street Twin’s instruments and trim for 2021, and there’s an under-seat USB charger, which is fast becoming an industry standard.
Street Twin Gold Line
Only 1000 of these bikes will be made worldwide. Basically, it’s just a Street Twin with a flash paint job. It gets the mechanical updates the standard Street Twin model gets, but also “a stunning Matte Sapphire Black paint scheme with Triumph heritage logo and hand-painted gold lining. Custom details are extended also to the Street Twin’s wheels, with machined spoke detailing and exquisite gold pin striping, as well as the new side panel which includes a custom Street Twin logo, further enhancing the exclusivity of this limited edition.”
The Bonneville T120 and T120 Black models are coming to the US in May, priced at $12,050. The T100 Bonneville will arrive in March, priced at $10,500. The Street Twin also arrives in March, priced at $9,400. The Bonneville Bobber and Speedmaster models also show up in March, both priced at $13,150. And, the Street Twin Gold Line models will be here in June, with price TBA.
Canadians will pay $11,550 for the Bonneville T100, $10,600 for the Street Twin, and $11,350 for the Street Twin Gold Line. Both the T120 Bonneville and T120 Black will cost $13,450 in Canada. The Speedmaster and Bobber will sell for $14,950. All models should arrive in Canada at roughly the same time they show up in the US.