In December we published spy photos of a TriumphStreet Tracker” prototype, which boasted a new liquid-cooled parallel-Twin engine that we theorized would form the basis of Triumph’s lineup of classically styled motorcycles.

Triumph Street Tracker R Spied!

And now come these spy photos of what looks like what’s probably the New New Bonneville, which makes sense since the last New Bonneville has been around since 2001. As such, this one is a hugely important machine for Triumph; the current Bonneville/Thruxton/America/Speedmaster line of air-cooled parallel-Twins is the firm’s bread and butter – and has been since Edward Turner built the first Speed Twin in 1938.

If anything, the bike in these photos hews even more closely to the classic Triumph lines than the current model, but the engine and chassis are completely new: The biggest difference is the radiator between the exhaust headers, which would indicate it now cools water instead of oil. The original New Bonnie displaced 790cc before later bumping up to 865; the new liquid-cooled one will probably be even bigger if history is any indication, and certainly more powerful than the 60 or so rear-wheel horses of the current range.


The frame is still tubular steel but no doubt revised, while the bodywork may be even slightly more period-correct. ABS brakes will almost surely be standard equipment to meet European regs, and the liquid-cooled engine will be likely be controlled with a ride-by-wire throttle.

The Bonneville in these pictures appears to be nearly production ready, so expect to see it in its finished form this fall at EICMA as a 2016 model. More to come…

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  • SRMark

    I do hope they get the tank right this time. Still, it looks to be a fine standard in the Triumph tradition.

    • BDan75

      Yeah, that tank they’ve used the last few years has never done it for me. The 2001-2007 tank has much cleaner lines, in my opinion–less bubble-like.

      • Old MOron

        I don’t know. That tank looks pretty bulbous in the first photo. Oh well, wait for EICMA, I guess.

      • KHoward

        The tank grew in size when they moved the fuel pump inside it, at the time they adopted fuel injection (for Europe in ’08, U.S. in ’09, I believe). It seems to me that mine doesn’t look quite so big, having the large Triumph logo printed on the side, rather than the metal badge.

  • Vrooom

    A Scrambler with 85 hp. Sign me up.

    • Daimyo

      Let’s hope it hits 85, if it’s close I’m sold.

  • JMDonald

    I welcome these updates. New technology can only improve this classic design.

    • KHoward

      As far as “new technology,” ride-by-wire seems to be pretty hit-or-miss, so far, for smooth throttle response. Personally, I’d like to see Triumph lighten this bike somewhat, but I’d guess, with liquid cooling, that won’t happen. ABS will be appreciated.

      • JMDonald

        I hear you on the weight. The ABS gets good reviews on some of their other bikes. I look forward to seeing what the final offering ends up being.

  • sugurunishioka

    I hope they’ll drop the fake carbs. I appreciate the traditional look of Modern Classic line (owned 2007 for many years, currently own 1966 T120R), but if I were in the market today, I don’t think I can go for 2008+ Bonnie because I just can’t be ok with the fake carburetors. Time changes. New technologies are in. I’d like to see Triumph embracing it while keeping the overall design philosophy, but doing so without pretending to be something it’s not. Since it’s going liquid cooled and decisively becoming more mordern, it’s a good timing to finally drop the fake carbs.

    • Tinwoods

      Having sold Triumphs for several years at a few different stores, I couldn’t agree more. From my experience, the only customers who really like the fake carb look are the ones who generally don’t know what a real one is.

      • Don Silvernail

        Let’s see..can’t abide by the fake carbs – bye, bye. And that old fashioned vertical twin with the period looking exhaust header pipes, hum. How about a more modern three cylinder with a three-into-one header with a giant EPA can underneath? And that old fashioned plank seat, etc, etc.

  • Andrew Capone

    I applaud the removal of the kink in the exhaust pipes, and the shorter, closer-to-the-original style silencers. My re-entry bike was an ’06 Bonnie, and it will probably be the last bike I sell in my dotage many years hence, so I root for Triumph to get the new iteration right.

  • Sentinel

    This is one of the bikes at the top of may list of possible purchase candidates.

  • TalonMech

    The retro themed bikes are not my thing, but apparently it’s a big seller. I was given a loaner of the current gen Bonnie while my Speed Triple was in for a valve clearance check. It was underwhelming to put it as politely as I can. It was heavy, and felt heavy. Power was as I expected, meager. Handling was mushy and imprecise. I wish Triumph only the best, and hope this new Bonnie remedies all those issues. I’ll never own one, but I know it’s an important bike for Triumph’s success.

  • Henrytudor

    I’ve had my 2010 Bonneville T100 SE since new, so it is now five years old
    and with 13,000 miles, I’m becoming fed up with its mediocre performance and handling. Must admit it looks okay, but it’s too heavy for the 65 horses, too clumsy over
    poor roads and a pig to clean. The chromed wire wheels continuously try to beat
    any rust resistance measures I take and
    I ended up smearing chain spray from a cloth to stop pitting.

    I am going to change this bike this year, and have studied most of
    the medium sector of bikes that this website have tested. KTM’s did interest me
    for a while until I found out about the service costs, the lack of service centres
    where I live and the jiggly ride of the 690’s single pot. After meeting
    hundreds of bikers over the months at my regular biker café, I have been drawn
    back to Triumph, their Street Triple has no chrome to worry about, a wonderful
    spread of torque and is a dream to ride.

    The Bonneville has been a mixed partner to me, sometimes fun ,
    sometimes a pain in the backside, but it has kept going, always started, quite
    economical and looks okay it does have character. Time to move on and embrace
    better technology methinks.

  • Artthedart

    I love my Bonneville T-100 because it is so much fun to customize. Nothing radical, just bolt-on parts. It has a cool combination of classic and technical elements. It looks good, sounds nice and suits my style of riding (bombing around the PA countryside). There will always be bikes that are faster, lighter and better but I’m happy with the T-100.

  • ed rosa

    I like the fake carbs. Fits a bike like this well. Having looked at how the Thunderbird conceals the fuel injector lines, the fake carbs are more elegant and fitting of the retro pedigree.

  • Brent Randolph

    I also hope they get rid of the fake carb. It’s one of the primary things keeping my from purchasing a Bonneville. All this talk of “heritage” and “genuineness” and “character” and then they stick this piece of garbage on there that doesn’t function in order make it look older than it is. Talk about a lack of genuineness. I’d feel like a poseur every time I’d start the bike up. “Hey everyone, look at my awesome motorcycle! Doesn’t it just exude character? Don’t mind the carburetor knob that doesn’t actually do anything.” It’d be like putting non-functioning manual window controls on a car door that has electronically controlled windows. Ugh! Retro styling is one thing. Hell, keeping old tech on new a bike is one thing (see: Harley pushrods). But deliberately hiding new tech with superfluous, disingenuous, without-function body work that looks like old tech is completely ridiculous and frankly, a little insulting.

    Triumph, for Pete’s sake, you’ve got a great retro-styled bike. Quit mucking it up with the fake carb. It’s not fooling anyone, especially not your potential customers.

  • Cornelius Bonkers

    Well, my 2008 Bonnie is the best bike I’ve ever had. It’s light, it’s easy to ride, comfy (even the seat) simple and looks a million dollars. Oh, it also only cost me £5000 in 2008 (and £7000 now). It’s also a cogent machine which does what it says on the tin. Criticising it for its lack of pace, fake carbs, and wobbly suspension is rather silly – if you want a fast, stiff, uncomfortable machine get a speedy and be ready to part with 10,000