4. Triumph Thruxton/Bonneville


Like Ducati, there’s a surplus of new Triumph models for 2016: Five Bonnevilles (Street Twin, Bonneville T120 and T120 Black, Thruxton and Thruxton R), six Tiger Explorer variants, and two Speed Triples (S and R). Editor Grey Beard already rode and reviewed the 2016 Street Twin, and while there’s no shortage of excitement for riding the Explorers and Speed Triples, the new 1200cc Thruxton models are the most enticing for us.

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 and T120 Black

2016 Triumph Thruxton and Thruxton R

Triumph massaged the 1200cc parallel-Twin powering the Thruxtons into what it calls a “high power” state of tune. The performance increase comes from the “low inertia” components, including a lighter crankshaft, higher compression head, high-flowing intake and exhaust, plus revised EFI tuning with sports mapping (in addition to the Rain, Road, and Sport ride modes). The resulting 82.6 lb-ft of torque at 4950 rpm is a whopping 62% more torque than on the previous Thruxton. Sounds yummy, and they sure look the business.