Relaxed, calm and comfortable- that’s what you feel once you’re on the saddle of the T120. The credit goes to the seating and ride of the motorcycle. The upright handlebar, centre-set footpegs and the seat – all aids this experience and that’s what you need from a subtle, retro motorcycle right?
The suspension setup is on the softer side. But we decided to set it up little firm as we headed to Lavasa for some corner craving. Because, around the corners, the T120 didn’t feel at home. Every time you enter a corner, you feel the weight at the front and that spoils the lean experience. The lean angle has decreased a bit, as the front foot-pegs are placed little lower on the new T120. But honestly, the T120 isn’t a bad handler at all. Within city limits, it’s easy and stress free to steer this 244kg motorcycle. Even with a slightly firm setup, the T120 didn’t disappoint us at all on bad roads. It absorbed all the undulations without a sweat but when it came to bad potholes, your back might take a hit.
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Let’s come to the heart of this bike – its engine. It’s new, heavily worked and gets 1200cc displacement. This parallel-twin engine is not about top speed at all. Rather its focus is usable torque, and that’s why Triumph calls it a ‘High Torque’ motor. This mill churns out 79bhp of power and 105Nm of peak torque at just 3100rpm. Twist the throttle and the torque is felt immediately. Power delivery is flat and the mid-range is excellent. This is bound to make your life very easy in city riding conditions. This new engine is refined and feels smooth, but post 3500rpm, vibration kicks in on the handlebar and the footpegs. The six-speed transmission is crisp and the adjustable slipper clutch feels light too.
The T120 gets larger dual 310mm brake discs with Nissin two-pot calipers and single 225mm disc at the rear. This system provides ample braking power, however, there’s lack of feedback on the front brake lever. With the rear, there’s no problem at all. And yes, the front brake lever gets the adjustable function too. The T120 runs on Pirelli Phanton Sport Comp tyres which are supremely grippy. These set of tyres helps in improving the overall riding experience as they heat up quickly.