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Splash Down : The Liquid-cooled 2016 Bonneville

    Triumph-Street-TwinLiquid cooling and new motors, those would have to be the big ones, but there is also ABS, rider modes, traction control and ride-by-wire coming to the new Bonneville family. The Thruxton gets a 1200cc engine, an “R” version with Brembo brakes and Showa forks and an Ohlins rear suspension. There is a new model called the Speed Twin which hearkens back to old days of Triumph and acts as the new base model with the 900cc engine and a T120 version that gets the larger engine available in the Thruxton. While the actual on the road test are a little ways off Triumph promises better handling with the new chassis, better torque, better horsepower, better fuel efficiency … better just about everything. Better price? Will have to wait on that one. Other members of the Bonneville family may be updated in future years but if you can’t get an actual new liquid-cooled Triumph Scrambler, the company is creating a seemingly endless supply of accessories and kits that will turn various new models into “theme” bikes like the Scramblerize version seen below.

    Speaking of Scramblers, in their release video for the new models here, Triumph seems to have raided Ducati’s idealized “Land of Happiness”  aka  Scramblerville  for hipster riders. But that is where and who they are going to with these new models as bikes like the inexpensive Ducati Scrambler were giving the previous Bonneville a run for its air-cooled money.



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