The new Noir

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March 31, 2016
The pudding and the proof. Our man Melling gets down to a little toe-scraping

Triumph are aiming for the new T120 to be the biggest seller in the Bonneville range which, in turn, will account for anywhere between 25% and 30% of all motorcycles sold by the Hinckley factory.

Fifty engineers – a huge number of staff by Triumph’s standards – have worked for nearly five years to bring this motorcycle to market. It is a machine which Triumph simply had to get right.

The T120 Bonneville is an extremely complicated motorcycle, not in terms of its engineering which is quite straightforward, but because of the highly complex marketing demands made of the bike.

The Bonneville heritage is immensely valuable, but it also looms threateningly over any machine carrying the iconic name. The practical, functional aspects of the machine can’t escape its historic heritage.

Read more in April’s issue of CBG

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