For those of you wondering what Triumph’s next move was, here’s your answer – a completely reworked Triumph Bonneville is nearing release. Everything on the Bonneville has been reworked. This is a completely new motorcycle and one that Triumph will be relying on for the next decade.
Our sources indicate that the new Triumph Bonneville will pay even more homage to the original machine – no doubt spurred on by the early success of the Ducati Scrambler’s ‘retro’ styling. Triumph’s timing is almost perfect – not only will they ride the coattails of Ducati, but the engine in the new Bonneville will lure many Scrambler riders across to the British marque.
The Bonneville will feature an brand new 1,100cc parallel twin that utilizes partial water cooling. Before all the purists go off to cry into their milk, water cooling has been kept to a minimum and follows the trend set by BMW Motorrad’s current generation of boxers where it’s kept to a minimum and employed purely to assist emissions regulations. Those cooling fins won’t be for show and will actually serve a purpose.
We’ve been told the capacity boost to 1,100cc sees power increase from the Bonneville’s current 67 hp to about 91 hp with a similar percentage increase in torque. Yet, despite the big increase in engine capacity, weight for the new Bonneville will actually decrease slightly. Winners all around.
Though there will also be an entirely new transmission for the updated Bonneville, it will remain a 5-speed gearbox to keep it ‘traditional’. The frame, suspension and brakes are also all completely new – in fact there will be nothing carried over from the current model onto the new Bonneville. ABS, though most certainly not traditional will be standard due to European Union regulations.
As far as announcements go, Triumph probably won’t make a move until late this year with sales beginning in early to mid 2016. While that’s a while away, prepare to get excited that Triumph will probably be using this new engine in a host of updated models, including a heavily updated Scrambler. Which means for those that are enticed by Ducati’s offering, there will be a genuine (and quicker) alternative in the near future.