2021 Triumph Bonneville Family Receives Update
Euro 5 compliance and other changes across the line
Triumph Bonneville is one of those iconic motorcycles that even non-riders know the name of, perhaps because their father rode one back in the day. In recent years, the Bonneville has grown into a decent-sized family, and like all families, the Bonnevilles change over time. Today, the 2021 Triumph Bonneville family made their first public appearance, and apparently, they have been taking pretty good care of themselves during the pandemic. While Euro 5 compliance leads the list of changes each Bonnie model underwent, the good folks at Hinckley took the opportunity to grace a handful of key changes on each Bonneville model.
Bonneville T120 and T120 Black
The twin brothers of the Bonneville family have been working out in their spare time. While most of us have been sitting on our couches eating ice cream and watching Netflix, the T120 and the T120 Black have managed to lose a total of 15.5 lb. each instead of gaining their Covid-19.
Power numbers from the 1200cc high-torque parallel-Twin remain the same at a claimed 79 hp at 6,500 rpm and 77 lb-ft at a low 3,500 rpm. By utilizing a lighter crankshaft and optimized clutch and balancer shafts, the engine’s rotating mass has been reduced for snappier throttle response. The engine’s service intervals have now increased to 10,000 miles.
Let’s talk about the weight loss. The 18 in. X 2.75 in. front and 17 in. X 4.25 in. wheels are new 32-spoke aluminum rimmed units which pay off in multiple ways. They reduce unsprung weight and rotating mass, making for quicker steering and better road holding. The twin 310mm discs mounted to the wheels get squeezed by Brembo two-piston sliding calipers, which are assisted with ABS. The rear brake remains a Nissin two-piston caliper mated to a 255mm disc.
On the technology front, cruise control is now standard and receives its own dedicated button on the handlebar. Additionally, the ride modes were massaged for an improved riding experience.
Expect to see the Bonneville T120 and T120 Black in US showrooms in May 2021. The starting price for both models is $12,050.
The smaller sibling to the 1200cc Bonnevilles, the Triumph Bonneville T100 features a 900cc parallel-Twin. Not only did the T100 lose weight to the tune of 9 lb., but it also gained in power output, too. The 84.6mm x 80.0mm engine bumped its horsepower a full 10 hp to 64 hp at 7,400 rpm, while peak torque checks in with 59 lb-ft at 3,750, and 80% of that before 2,000 rpm. The engineers even had time to increase the redline by 500 rpm. Part of the T100’s weight reduction comes from a low inertia crankshaft, lighter balancer shafts, a thin-walled clutch cover, and a magnesium cam cover.
While the decrease in weight affects handling, the T100 also receives a higher-spec non-adjustable 41mm fork. The rear suspension remains twin preload-adjustable shocks. The same Brembo calipers and 310mm discs seen on the T120s make an appearance here, as does the ABS.
The styling also received a smattering of changes. A new instrument face gives riders something pretty to look at, and the engine covers and cam cover received black power coating. Triumph also lists 117 factory accessories for your customizing pleasure.
Expect the Triumph Bonneville T100 to appear in North American showrooms in March 2021 for a starting price of $10,500.
If the latest 900cc High Torque parallel-Twin engine was good enough for the T100, it should be in the amiable Street Twin, too. This means that the Street receives the same 10 hp bump in power with improved emissions and fuel economy. As with the engine, the up-spec brakes make their way here, too.
The Hinckley engineers didn’t stop there, though. The seat features a new 10mm thicker seat with a new foam that increases rider comfort while traveling 30 in. from the ground. Carrying the rider are new cast aluminum wheels with machined detailing. The bodywork and brushed aluminum detailing are also new.
The Triumph Street Twin will hit American sales floors in March 2021 for a MSRP of $9,400.
Street Twin Gold Line Limited Edition
This bike is what happens when you take the already stylish Street Twin and give it a makeover. Only 1000 of these limited edition motorcycles will be made, and each will come with a certificate of authenticity. These hand-detailed custom motorcycles receive hand-laid gold pin striping with a Triumph heritage logo over the Matte Sapphire Black paint. The knee cutouts receive brushed aluminum surrounded by more gold. Even the wheels get the gold pin striping treatment. Finally, the new side panel which includes a custom Street Twin logo.
You’ll have to wait until June 2021 to throw a leg over the Street Twin Gold Line Limited Edition and show up with $10,150.
The cruiser in the Bonneville family receives the same engine changes as the T120 for improved power, responsiveness, and emissions. The front brakes get the Brembo treatment, too. The fork, however, gets higher-specification 47mm Showa cartridges. The preload-adjustable mono shock stays the same. Other than the new instrument face, the Speedmaster’s styling remains unchanged. 2021’s colors are: Jet Black, Fusion White/Sapphire Black, and Red Hopper. Look for it in March 2021 for $13,150.
Fans of this stripped down Bonneville will be happy to learn that the Bobber has lost none of its elemental appeal and has gained the performance changes afforded to the 1200cc high-torque engine. In addition to the more responsive engine, the Bobber sports a new 3-gallon tank. The fork holds a new, fat 16-inch front wheel and the Brembo calipers of the other Bonnies. Finally, the engine gets some new clothes in the form of black powder coating on the engine, cam, and sprocket covers along with the new instrument styling.
See the Bonneville Bobber in person in March 2021. It will have a $13,150 price tag with Matte Storm Gray/Matte Storm Ironstone, Cordovan Red, and Jet Black color options.
Journalists need to retire the word "iconic" because it is used to an absurd degree. Buy a thesaurus or some other kind of dinosaur and broaden your vocabulary.
Beautiful bikes and yet the tank seam remains. And I agree with the comments about reviving some of those great colors from the past. I do like the Gold Line Limited Edition. It harkens back to the Norton look.