POSTED: 23/02/2021

With a peerless bloodline that goes back to the iconic first 1959 Triumph Bonneville, the updated 2021 modern classic Bonneville family encompasses the legendary spectrum of British designed motorcycle icons, from the original Bonneville T120, T120 Black and T100, to the custom inspired Street Twin and limited edition Street Twin Gold Line edition, the classic Bonneville Speedmaster cruiser and the stunning Bonneville Bobber.  

Each one born from Triumph’s advanced R&D facility in Hinckley, where the dedicated UK design team create, engineer and prototype every motorcycle. Each one is crafted to maintain all of their legendary design DNA and to deliver the truly modern capability that lives up to Triumph’s world leading reputation for premium quality and ride.


Joining the Thruxton RS, launched last year to international acclaim, the new Bonneville line-up will be enhanced further still in April 2021, with the official reveal of the new generation Scrambler 1200 and Street Scrambler, when full details will be released.

Timeless. Capable. Beautiful.

The definitive British motorcycle icon takes its torque-rich 1200cc twin performance, sophisticated set up and beautiful Bonneville DNA and significantly upgrades it for 2021, delivering a new benchmark for timeless character and easy riding capability. With a significantly enhanced handling set-up, courtesy of a major 7kg weight saving, new lightweight aluminium wheel rims and new higher specification Brembo brakes, plus new rider technology, including cruise control and enhanced riding modes and an even more responsive throttle, the Bonneville legend continues.

Engine and performance

The engine of the new Bonneville T120 and T120 Black is Triumph’s signature 1200cc, high-torque British twin, which has been developed for an even better riding experience.

For 2021 the new T120’s engine mass has been reduced significantly through the use of a lighter crankshaft. Together with an optimised clutch and balancer shafts this has also reduced inertia, which provides the new generation with a notably more immediate and responsive throttle.

The T120 has been specifically tuned to deliver high torque, from low down in the rev range all the way through the mid-range, giving exhilarating performance throughout. 

The 1200 twin engine delivers 105 Nm of peak torque at a very low 3500 rpm and its power peaks 80 PS at 6,550 rpm.

With its sensitively designed liquid cooling system, the upgraded 2021 engine exceeds EURO 5 requirements, giving lower emissions than the previous generation and excellent fuel economy.

Enhanced Handling

The handling of the new T120 has been enhanced for 2021 with a 7kg weight saving. The all-new aluminium wheel rims (18’’ X 2.75’’ on the front and 17’’ X 4.25’’ on the rear) give a major reduction in unsprung weight and inertia, making the new T120 more agile and manoeuvrable when riding, and also when you’re moving the bike around at standstill.

The braking system has been improved with a higher specification Brembo front brake, with a twin disc set-up and 2 piston sliding calipers giving excellent stopping power and improved feel. Safety and control have also been maximised thanks to Triumph’s latest generation ABS and switchable traction control.

The combination of weight saving, new wheels and higher specification brake set-up makes the new T120 the best handling Bonneville T120 ever.

Enhanced Technology

The new T120 comes with higher specification technology compared to its previous version, with cruise control now fitted as standard along with enhanced riding modes. 

The cruise control is set via a dedicated button on the handlebar, making it extremely user friendly for the rider as well as the selection of the riding modes. The rider can select between the Rain and Road riding modes, which will adapt the behaviour of the bike according to the riding conditions.

Other high spec rider focussed technology that come as standard include a torque-assist clutch, which reduces rider fatigue in heavy traffic or on longer journeys; an engine immobiliser incorporated into the key, a handy under-seat USB charging socket and the internal wiring ready to plug in the accessory fit heated grips.  

The headlight incorporates this distinctive LED daytime running light, where market legislation permits, which makes it easier for the bike to seen by other road users.

Enhanced Style

The unmistakeable and iconic Bonneville silhouette and style have been further enhanced by a set of touches that blend the T120’s iconic style with Triumph’s latest premium features.

The twin clock set-up has a new premium 3D dial face with Bonneville branding and traditional typeface and colours.  The multi-functional digital display provides the rider with all necessary information, such as riding mode settings, cruise control status, gear position indicator and much more, and it is all controlled through the intuitive and easily accessible scroll button mounted on the handlebar.

The iconic sculpted Bonneville tank with knee pads carries a new 3-bar heritage chromed metal badge, adding a new styling touch to the already unmistakeable T120 design.

On the classic Bonneville T120, premium chrome finishes have been used throughout, maintaining the signature timeless style, including on the mirrors, mudguard stay, indicators, silencers, handlebars, headlamp bezel and filler cap. The seat is finished with contrast piping, a ribbed top and carries an embossed Triumph logo. 


Alternatively, with the mean and moody Bonneville T120 Black you get a host of premium blacked-out details and components, including wheel rims, grab rail, engine covers, mirrors, headlamp bezel, indicators, and exhaust, plus a stylish brown bench seat with embossed Triumph logo.

And a set of 116 genuine Triumph accessories are available for the T120 range, enabling riders to personalise their motorcycles.

The T120 is available in 3 stylish colour schemes, including a Jet Black single colour option, or a choice of two twin colour schemes; Cordovan Red and Silver Ice, and the Cobalt Blue and Silver Ice, both of which feature hand-painted gold lining.

For the T120 Black, there is a choice of Jet Black or a sophisticated Matt Jet Black and Matt Graphite scheme with hand-painted silver coach lining.