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Triumph Bonneville T120 [2019-2020]

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,200 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 9,97,667

Triumph Bonneville T120 [2019-2020] is now discontinued in India.

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Triumph Bonneville T120 [2019-2020] Summary

Bonneville T120 [2019-2020] key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,200 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Fuel Tank Capacity 14.5 litres
Seat Height 790 mm
Max Power 79.12 bhp

About Bonneville T120 [2019-2020]

The Bonneville T120 Black is a bigger sibling of the T100. While the overall styling resembles the T100, there are a few things that makes the T120 Black different. The body panels are a bit bigger. There are other cycle parts unique to the T120.

The Bonneville T120 is powered by a 1200cc liquid-cooled ‘high torque’ engine, which delivers 105Nm of torque through a six-speed transmission. Triumph claims that this engine delivers a staggering 54 per cent more torque in the lower rev range. When it comes to electronics and safety equipment, the Bonneville comes armed with ABS, traction control, ride-by-wire throttle and a slip-assist clutch.

Triumph has also tinkered with the suspension to improve the bike’s everyday usability. It gets conventional telescopic forks at the front and twin shocks in the rear. The Bonneville T120 rides on 18-inch and 17-inch chromed spoke wheels for the front and rear respectively.

The Triumph Bonneville T120 black is being sold through all Triumph showrooms in the country. Though it doesn’t have any direct rivals in India, it will compete with the likes of Harley-Davidson Forty Eight, Ducati Scrambler and the Kawasaki Z800.
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Triumph Bonneville T120 [2019-2020] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Is easy to ride in the city
    • Has good low end torque
    • Parallel-twin engine is smooth
  • Could be Better

    • Engine has vibrations
    • Suspension setup could be better
    • Front brake could offer better feel

BikeWale's Take

The Bonneville T120 is part of Triumph's modern-classic family. It offers a comfortable riding position which makes it easy to ride in the city and also has a host of electronic aids. Although it could do with better suspension setup and front brake feel.

Triumph Bonneville T120 [2019-2020] Review

In the world of retro motorcycles, Triumph has a stronghold, thanks to its iconic brand – Bonneville. Since its inception, the Bonneville hasn’t changed much design-wise but mechanically it has.  And that’s what makes this bike special. It has managed to contain its character, feel and its fan following. The Bonneville T120 in its latest avatar, still manages to be the same old retro motorcycle outside, but inside, it is the one of the most advanced premium bikes to be ever sold in India. And thanks to this, the Bonneville T120 isn’t the most affordable Triumph bike in India anymore. The Street Twin has taken this mantle.

What is it?

In the world of retro motorcycles, Triumph has a stronghold, thanks to its iconic brand – Bonneville. Since its inception, the Bonneville hasn’t changed much design-wise but mechanically it has.  And that’s what makes this bike special. It has managed to contain its character, feel and its fan following. The Bonneville T120 in its latest avatar, still manages to be the same old retro motorcycle outside, but inside, it is the one of the most advanced premium bikes to be ever sold in India. And thanks to this, the Bonneville T120 isn’t the most affordable Triumph bike in India anymore. The Street Twin has taken this mantle.

How does it ride?

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.

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.

Anything else I should know?

There’s lot for you to know about the Bonneville T120 but for now, let's focus on the safety pack. This retro bike gets antilock-braking system (ABS), switchable traction control and ride-by wire system (road and rain). Road mode is where you get to access the full power with smooth throttle response. Switch to rain mode and the throttle response dulls down little bit, which proves useful in the wet conditions.

The Bonneville T120 also gets heated grip, which is quite useless for markets like India. In fact, in our test bike, it wasn’t working (maybe Triumph had disconnected it). To flow with the smartphone age, the British manufacturer has equipped the bike with USB charger which is placed under the seat.  We loved the instrument console on the new T120. It is round with chrome externals, yet is very modern when it comes to giving out information. The backlighting too, is perfect for day and night operations.

Why should I buy one?

Because you would love one. Not kidding! The Bonneville T120 is an excellent offering from Triumph. New engine, better chassis, a hell lot of electronics and like we mentioned before, has a neat safety pack too. Yes, design wise, the T120 doesn’t excite you nor does it look outstanding, but that’s what this Bonneville brand is all about. Subtle and simple. But,  Triumph has delivered a master stroke by equipping the Bonneville T120 with modern features. Buy the T120 not because there isn’t a lot of options for you in the market, but because it is worth it.

Where does it fit in?

The Triumph T120 is priced at Rs 10.1 lakh (on-road Mumbai). At this price, there aren’t many options for you, at least right now. The closest one is the Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom, which retails at Rs 10.4 lakh (on-road Mumbai). Wait a second! There should definitely be a comparison between the two, no? We will get down to it soon.

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Bonneville T120 [2019-2020]

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 79.12 bhp @ 6,550 rpm

    Max Torque 104 Nm @ 2,970 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-VI

    Displacement 1,200 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 97.6 mm

    Stroke 80 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 10.0:1

    Ignition Digital CDI

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet, multi-plate assist clutch

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 14.5 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 310 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 150/70 R17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 255 mm

    Calliper Type Front- 2 Piston, Rear- 2 Piston Calipers

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Wheel Size 18 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 100/90-18

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension KYB 41 mm cartridge forks, 120 mm travel

    Rear Suspension KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120 mm rear wheel travel

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight --

    Overall Length --

    Overall Width 785 mm

    Wheelbase 1,450 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 790 mm

    Overall Height 1,100 mm

    Chassis Type Tubular steel cradle

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    Standard Warranty (Year) --

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port Yes

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) No

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeLED DRL Headlight

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Triumph Bonneville T120 [2019-2020] User Reviews

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  • 5

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  • 5

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  •  5great 3 years ago by Arijit Rout, Bhubaneswar

    it's been few weeks since it came to my house. it's been such a nice experience. the smooth riding experience and loads of other feature make it reliable like traction control,abs,ride by wire tech. it's handling is ok not that flickery but have plenty torque in low ran

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    • Ridden for

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    • Got mileage of

      24 kmpl

  •  5Triumph bonneville rocks !!! 3 years ago by Keshav Khanna, New Delhi

    This is an amazing motorcycle with an outstanding british looks. It is a mixture of sport, touring, old school looks, retro motorcycle in modern avatar. It has a really fine & relaxed riding posture. Really in love with the looks of this classic, retro, british motorcyc

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      22 kmpl

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