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Triumph Motorcycles set to introduce new Bonneville model family

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David Beckham as the star of the "Outlaws" film aboard a new cafe racer Bonnie gives us a clear indication of what Triumph is about to unveil – notice the radiator that is cleverly hidden between the frame downtubes
David Beckham as the star of the "Outlaws" film aboard a new cafe racer Bonnie gives us a clear indication of what Triumph is about to unveil – notice the radiator that is cleverly hidden between the frame downtubes
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David Beckham as the star of the "Outlaws" film aboard a new cafe racer Bonnie gives us a clear indication of what Triumph is about to unveil – notice the radiator that is cleverly hidden between the frame downtubes
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David Beckham as the star of the "Outlaws" film aboard a new cafe racer Bonnie gives us a clear indication of what Triumph is about to unveil – notice the radiator that is cleverly hidden between the frame downtubes
Triumph's teaser video leaves us with the shadowy images of three new Bonneville variants
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Triumph's teaser video leaves us with the shadowy images of three new Bonneville variants
Katherine Waterston about to steal David Beckham's brand new cafe racer in the closing scenes of the "Outlaws" film – Triumph has apparently set its sights firmly on BMW's R NineT
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Katherine Waterston about to steal David Beckham's brand new cafe racer in the closing scenes of the "Outlaws" film – Triumph has apparently set its sights firmly on BMW's R NineT

It has been known for months that a new generation of Triumph Bonneville classic models is on the cards, as its test mules have been spotted several times during trial runs. Now the English company has released a teaser video that officially confirms the new model family will be unveiled on October 28.

The name Bonneville has starred in Triumph’s lineup since 1959, when the first T120 model was introduced as a high performance sport bike. It resurfaced in 2000 after Triumph was resurrected by its current owner, John Bloor, and has been one of its best sellers ever since. In its current form the Bonneville family of sport classics is powered by a 900 cc air-cooled inline twin engine and hasn’t received any substantial upgrades since 2009.

Apparently time has come for a new generation to emerge, as the new Euro 4 emission standards that come into force in 2016 would probably translate to considerable detuning for the few remaining air-cooled motorcycles.

Triumph's teaser video leaves us with the shadowy images of three new Bonneville variants
Triumph's teaser video leaves us with the shadowy images of three new Bonneville variants

A few days ago Triumph released a short teaser video announcing that the new Bonneville model family will be formally introduced on October 28, adding that "something big is coming." In the closing frames of this footage we are left with the dark silhouettes of three different models, with the café racer taking center stage.

So far several Bonneville versions have been spotted while testing, featuring liquid cooling and escorted by rumors of 1,100 cc capacity. All through 2015 spy photos have hinted at a number of variants that include a classic roadster, two café racers (a lower-spec model and one with Ohlins suspensions), a scrambler and a bobber.

The most recent evidence came from the short film Outlaws, starring British soccer legend David Beckham and promoted by Belstaff, the iconic clothing brand that maintains a close cooperation with Triumph. In the film Beckham is riding two different Bonneville models, one of which is clearly identified as a brand new liquid-cooled café racer and the other being a visually modified version of the existing Scrambler 900.

Watch Triumph’s teaser video below and stay tuned for the unveiling of Triumph’s highly anticipated 2016 Bonneville in a week’s time.

2016 new Triumph Bonneville teaser video

Source: Triumph

2 comments
chidrbmt
Seems many motorcycle companies always update their line with bigger(heavier),complicated (electronics)higher priced models. Mourn the loss of simple air cooled engines. Ducati's biggest seller was a "retro" air cooled simple model,reasonable priced. Classic "Bonnies" had one of the most beautiful gas tanks ever. Bloor's models always had that ugly seam sticking out like a sore thumb. He's done a great job coming out with new models and keeping them profitable though.
Martin Hone
Gone are the days of my youth when 650cc was considered a 'big bike' but then again, modern tyres, brakes and suspensions allow for a lot more usable power.