Triumph Bonneville T120 review

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By Steve Farrell on Wed, 9 Mar 2016 - 12:03

Details
Manufacturer:
Triumph
Category:
Modern Classics
Price:
£ 9600
Overall
Not rated
New T120 is just what it needed to be – a true Bonneville

'ICON' is an over-used word, Triumph said at the launch of the T120 Bonneville, before using it to describe the bike we were about to ride. It's okay, because this one really was an icon, they said.

It is over-used, and not a very satisfactory description for any motorcycle, but I take the point. It’s not anything to do with the Bonneville Salt Flats, as they predictably tried to persuade journalists. It’s just that, as traditional bikes go, what has more credibility and authenticity than a machine that still looks so much like it did in 1959? The Bonneville looked this way before traditional was even traditional. A new wave of modern-classic machines has grown around it, but it was the same back when that look was just modern. Retro bike? It invented retro bikes. Got a beard and turn-ups? It invented you.

Click here to read the rest of our Triumph Bonneville T120 review.

'ICON' is an over-used word, Triumph said at the launch of the T120 Bonneville, before using it to describe the bike we were about to ride. It's okay, because this one really was an icon, they said.

It is over-used, and not a very satisfactory description for any motorcycle, but I take the point. It’s not anything to do with the Bonneville Salt Flats, as they predictably tried to persuade journalists. It’s just that, as traditional bikes go, what has more credibility and authenticity than a machine that still looks so much like it did in 1959? The Bonneville looked this way before traditional was even traditional. A new wave of modern-classic machines has grown around it, but it was the same back when that look was just modern. Retro bike? It invented retro bikes. Got a beard and turn-ups? It invented you.

Click here to read the rest of our Triumph Bonneville T120 review.

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