Triumph Motorcycles launches three of the five motorcycles in its 2016 Bonneville range in India. Highlights of the new breed of parallel-twin Bonnies include a bunch of new engines, a meatier soundtrack, new chassis and improved suspension. These new Bonnies are the first few examples of Triumph Motorcycles’ new partnership with Vance and Hines, the company that specializes in aftermarket performance upgrades.
Let’s begin with the Street twin. It may be the most affordable from the new range of motorcycles, but it comes equipped with a good amount of kit – like a ride-by-wire throttle, ABS and traction control. It’s powered by a new 900cc, high-torque motor that produces 80Nm, and now accessible from the lowly 3000revs. And apart from better performance, Triumph also says the Street is now 36 per cent more efficient than its predecessor.
Available in three inspiration kits and four paint shades, the Street Twin is priced at Rs 6.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). You can book one right now, but deliveries will commence in March 2016.
Next up is the Bonneville T120, and just as its name suggests, it is powered by a new 1200cc, high-torque spec engine that develops a max torque of 105Nm at 3100 rpm. The T120 is a more classic-styled motorcycle that, apart from getting all the technical bits from the Street Twin, also gets rider modes, a DRL headlamp and LED tail light housing. The Bonnie T120 comes with just one, Prestige kit, available for Rs 8.7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), with deliveries starting from April 2016.
The third bike is the gorgeous Thruxton R. Now this is what a cafe racer should look like. And from the specs, this is what a cafe racer should run like, too. The R is a more aggressive version of the regular Thruxton, powered by the responsive 1200cc motor that churns out a more than respectable 112Nm at 4900 rpm. That’s 52 per cent more torque than the older motorcycle. The Thruxton R, too, will be available with three inspiration kits – track racer, cafe racer and a full factory race performance kit. Triumph hasn’t unveiled the prices, but you can expect to ride off on your Thruxton R in July 2016, as that’s when the deliveries begin