As part of its Bonneville refresh, Triumph has announced an all new machine – the 2016 Triumph Street Twin. While the bike isn’t a scrambler, given the engine configuration and Triumph’s emphasis on customisation, it’s clear that the British firm is intent on stealing some of Ducati’s younger customers away from them.
The Street Twin gets a 900 cc ‘high torque’ 8 valve, parallel twin motor producing 80 Nm at 3200 rpm. That’s up 18% over the previous engine. Connected to a ride by wire throttle, it has a 270° firing interval and is all controlled by, yes, a six-speed gearbox. Hooray! In addition to that extra torque, the water cooling sees fuel economy improve by 36%.
Other features of the Triumph Street Twin include ABS brakes, traction control, a slipper clutch, USB socket and a gear position indicator on the dash. Triumph has stated that there will also be a big emphasis on customisation with the bike with over 150 dealer fitted options available.
One of the kits available is – surprise, surprise – a Scrambler kit. It includes a brushed high-slung Vance & Hines exhaust system (off-road use only), rear mudguard removal kit with compact rear light, brown ribbed bench seat, brown ‘barrel style’ handlebar grips, compact LED indicators and brushed aluminium sump guard. Other ready made kits include the ‘Brat Tracker’ and ‘Urban Inspiration’.
Given the look of the machine and its specifications, if correctly priced Triumph may well have a new best seller on their hands.
Well all know it’s coming, we already know what it looks like but that isn’t stopping Triumph from going ahead with a new campaign to tease everyone with for the upcoming 2016 Triumph Bonneville. The British manufacturer has posted a new video on YouTube titled, “Something big is coming….”
Not only has there been numerous spy shots of the bike captured over the last few months, but high quality images of the bike have also been seen from promotional material for the movie Outlaws, featuring David Beckham (sure to be the favourite at Cannes Film Festival next year). The bike is shown in all its water cooled glory, much to the chagrin of purists.
The video shows the silhouette of what appears to be a number of variants of the Bonneville of which we’re expecting a bobber and cafe racer to be among them. All will be revealed on 28 October.
Obviously not content with the speeds reached at the Isle of Man TT, beloved racer and motorcycle personality Guy Martin will attempt to break the motorcycle land speed record at the salt flats of Bonneville, USA next month. The current record stands at 376.363 mph (605.698 kph) which is nearly double the top speed Martin reaches at the Isle of Man TT.
Guy Martin will be piloting (riding?) the 1,000 bhp Triumph Rocket Streamliner in his attempt to bring the record back to the United Kingdom after a 45 year absence. It is not expected Guy Martin will be able to assist the English cricket team in bringing the Ashes back any time soon, however.
Triumph has a long legacy of claiming the land speed record and held the title of “World’s Fastest Motorcycle” from 1955 to 1970 with the exception of a brief 33-day period. The record-breaking Triumph streamliners of that period were Devil’s Arrow, Texas Cee-gar, Dudek Streamliner and Gyronaut X1, the former achieving a top speed of 245.667 mph (395.28 km/h). Today’s bar, held by Rocky Robinson since 2010 riding the Top Oil-Ack Attack streamliner, sits at 376.363 mph (605.697 km/h).
The 2015 Triumph Rocket Streamliner features a carbon Kevlar monocoque construction with two turbocharged Triumph Rocket III engines producing a combined 1,000 bhp at 9,000 rpm. The motorcycle is 25.5′ long, 2′ wide and 3′ tall. Powered by methanol fuel, the bike is competing in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category.
The iconic Bonneville name was conceived following Johnny Allen’s land-speed record runs at the Salt Flats in September 1955, when he reached the record breaking speed of 193.72 mph. The first T120 Bonneville model was unveiled at the Earls Court Bike Show and went on sale in 1959.
With final testing scheduled at the Bonneville Salt Flats in mid-July, the record attempt will take place 24-27 August, 2015.
Triumph’s updated Bonneville range, expected to be unveiled later this year for a 2016 release is already expanding. Reports from our sources within the company indicate that Triumph will release a number of retro models based on the new Bonneville, including an updated Scrambler, Cafe Racer as well as a Bobber – a type of motorcycle currently not seen from Triumph in many, many years.
EDIT: – MCN has posted a story on the new Bobber as well along with spy photos, one of which is below. Check out the rest here.
For those unfamiliar with the style, bobbers are a style of motorcycle that usually has had the front fender removed, the rear fender “bobbed” (made smaller), and all superfluous parts removed to reduce weight. That generally means no pillion seat and it can also mean that the bike goes without a rear shock (i.e. a hard-tail) – though that seems unlikely in the case of Triumph trying to sell a modern motorcycle.
As we’ve previously reported, the updated Bonneville range will feature a brand new 1,100cc parallel twin engine. Further from that though, it looks like water cooling will be a far bigger feature than previously thought. Early indications had been that the new Bonneville would use only partial water cooling as BMW Motorrad has done with its current generation of boxer engines. Sadly for purists, it would seem that while the new Bonneville’s engine will look authentically “old-school”, a big slab of radiator will sit in front of it to keep it cool. It’s an unfortunate consequence of ever stricter emission laws.
Our sources further suggest that horsepower will jump from the current incarnations 67 hp to about 91 hp with a similar percentage increase in torque. The new Bonneville will likely retain the current 5-speed gearbox but with some modifications. 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.
Sophisticated, refined, fast – these are not adjectives to describe Royal Enfield’s Continental GT Cafe Racer. But despite this, the Continental GT is one of the most enjoyable motorcycles we’ve recently ridden and if the main reason you ride is to bring a smile to your face, then this motorcycle deserves you to take a good look at it.
No other motorcycle company in the world has as long a history building motorcycles as Royal Enfield – even Harley-Davidson and Triumph came to the motorcycle manufacturing party after Enfield. The Continental GT itself is steeped in history with the first bike bearing its name released in 1965. And despite the current iteration Continental GT featuring modern features such as fuel injection and Brembo brakes, this bike pays homage to its past in more ways than one.
The present day Continental GT was first released in India in 2013 and is an evolution of the original design of so many decades ago. It looks authentically retro, much more like a Triumph Bonneville than a Ducati Scrambler in taking design cues from yesteryear. The red or yellow tank looks brilliant and there’s just enough chrome without being overwhelming.
The gold plated shock absorber reservoir and silver painted clip-ons detract from that slightly, but that’s made up with the simple and elegant gauges and traditional rounded headlight.
The trip down memory lane continues with its performance. The Royal Enfield Continental GT is powered by a 535cc air-cooled single cylinder engine. Yet, despite a decent amount of capacity it manages to only produce 29 horsepower and 44 Nm of torque while pulling 184 kilograms (plus rider) along.
Then there’s the vibrations. Those with fillings may need to take a detour to the dentist after a ride from the shaking this bike produces. Anything above 3,500 rpm (redline is 5,500) and depending on the speed, you may find yourself adapting your riding style just to calm the bike down.
Normally, such slow performance and lack of refinement would be enough to write this bike off without hesitation. And yet in an ironic way, its idiosyncrasies become a positive. With more and more motorcycles becoming so increasingly complex and refined (dare we say characterless?), the Continental GT is a breath of fresh air. It’s the complete opposite of what most expect from a modern day bike and it’s all the better for it.
The engine note is glorious. A single cylinder engine has no right to sound this good. Even with such a small amount of horsepower on tap, I blipped the throttle on every downshift just to hear the exhaust note and the potential backfire. The 18 inch front and rear wheels are shod with Pirelli Sport Demon tires which provide predictable levels of grip.
On the flipside, the rear brakes lock without much effort, the seat is firm and the rear shock, while compliant doesn’t have enough travel. It’s also going to be a tight squeeze if you want to carry a passenger with you, too.
And I love it all the more for that. The Continental GT has a certain X factor that’s hard to explain. If this was designed and sold as a sportsbike you wouldn’t give it a second look but it’s not – it’s a cafe racer through and through. It’s the type of motorcycle that really fits the cliche of inviting you to take the long way home just because you can. And while it’s not made for all day riding, it fulfills the role of commuter and weekend pleasure cruiser with aplomb.
The Royal Enfield Continental GT retails for $9,995 in Australia,£5,199 in the UK and $5,999 in the United States.
We’ve previously brought you news that Triumph was hard at work on an all new Bonneville. Since then, some blurry pictures have surfaced of the bike on the Internet but today the boys at Motorcycle.com have published the clearest look yet at Triumph’s most important new model in recent years.
Not only does this picture give us a nice clear look at the new bike, it confirms a lot of what we’ve previously heard about the new machine. Water cooling is definitely in as can be seen from the massive front radiator unit. Upgraded suspension and a modified frame is also clear for all to see.
Also clearly visible are the two front discs up front which will be accompanied by ABS for the first time due to new mandatory European Union regulations. As reported before, the Bonneville will use a partial water cooling system to meet emission regulations – those cooling fins on the engine remain functional and necessary.
Sources have indicated to us that 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. Though there will also be an entirely new transmission for the updated Bonneville, it will remain a 5-speed gearbox to keep it ‘traditional’ which is a bit of a missed opportunity in our opinion.
Click the image below to go to Motorcycle.com’s gallery. Expect an official announcement from Triumph in the fourth quarter of 2014.
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.