I'm in London for the unveiling of the 2016 updated Triumph Classics range. Over the past few days we've been having a blast visiting some of the best custom workshops in and around London with the crew from Triumph Motorcycles Australia, but nothing has been as exciting as today's big reveal. We've been privileged to be some of the first media to see the new 2016 Triumph Classics. Five completely revised and redesigned bikes which include the all new Triumph Street Twin and the redesigned and reengineered Triumph Bonneville T120 and Triumph Thruxton. I will be posting details of each of the bikes with exclusive photos over the next few days, but today I wanted to start with a quick look at the new bikes.
|Bonneville T120 and T120 Black|
|Radiator? What radiator?|
Along with all the performance and handling upgrades Triumph have paid special attention to the design of the new bikes. They may now be water cooled, but thanks to a cleverly designed frame and purpose built radiator it's hard to even spot that there's a radiator on the bike. The engine sits balanced in the frame with plenty of open space around it creating a look similar to the classic Bonnevilles of the 60's that lacked all the bulky wiring and gadgetry of the modern bikes. Small embellishments such as brass highlights on the clone carbs and engine casings add a refined class you'd expect to see on a Triumph and control cables and wiring are almost all hidden out of sight.
|Left to right: Street Twin, Thruxton R & Bonneville T120 Black|
So with the bikes looking and performing so well what does that leave us custom addicts to do? Well to help get you started Triumph will be launching a 450+ parts catalogue so you can modify these bikes to your liking. By teaming up with Vance & Hines there's loads of different exhaust options and they've even collated collections for applying particular styles to each bike, such as Street Twin 'Brat Tracker' kit. While "bolt on" is looked upon as a dirty word for many custom workshops these kind of parts give budding backyard builders a great starting point, so for the workshops the big question will now be how to improve on a bike that features what we've always wanted.
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