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Triumph’s Lighter and More Powerful 2021 Modern Classic Range Revealed

Triumph’s top-selling Bonneville family has received a range-wide update for 2021, with the new line being lighter and more powerful in addition to exceeding Euro5 Emissions standards.

Following the update to the Thruxton last year, Triumph has updated the Bonneville T100, T120, Street Twin, Speedmaster and Bobber for 2021 with increases in performance across the board.

While the Street Scrambler and Scrambler 1200 twins weren’t included in this announcement, Triumph says they too are being updated with more details expected to be released in early April.

Currently, pricing and availability for the New Zealand market is yet to be confirmed by Triumph Motorcycles New Zealand, but we do know the new range is starting to be assembled in Triumph's factory in Thailand from this month onwards.

Street Twin

Kicking things off with the top-selling Street Twin (which incidentally Triumph considers the entry point to its modern classic range) Triumph has revised the engine to meet Euro5 while also improving comfort.

Triumph has extracted more power from the 900cc parallel-twin to the tune of 65PS at 7400rpm backed by 80Nm of torque at 3750. Not only that, the engine (along with the bigger 1200cc twin) has now been tuned beyond Euro5 regulations according to Triumph which should add to its longevity in the market.

For 2021 the Street Twin gets new premium features, including all-new cast wheels, a new more comfortable bench seat which is 10mm thicker than previously, new bodywork and improved finish and detailing, with brushed aluminium headlamp brackets.

The headlamp itself is compact and features a signature Triumph bulb cap badge. The rear light is a compact and elegant LED, with a distinctive light pattern.

With a low 765mm seat height and excellent stand-over width, Triumph has the Street Twin aimed at being a great bike for riders of all heights and sizes.

Included in the standard trim is ABS and Switchable Traction Control along with two riding modes – Rain and Road. These adjust the throttle map and traction control settings for optimum performance in wet and dry conditions.

The Street Twin’s stylish clocks come with a classic analogue speedometer, and a digital display and menu system, which is accessed by a handlebar-mounted scroll button, for fingertip control while riding.

Other features include an under-seat USB charger, key-fob incorporated immobiliser and accessory fit heated grips and Tyre Pressure Management System capability.

Street Twin Gold Line

In addition to the base model, Triumph has announced a new limited edition version named the Street Twin Gold Line.

Limited to just 1000 units worldwide, the Gold Line celebrates the timeless classic Triumph logo with a hand-painted example adorning the tank as well as gold lining highlights to show. off the skills of Triumph’s expert paint shop.

Custom details are extended also to the Street Twin’s wheels, with machined spoke detailing and exquisite gold pinstriping, as well as the new side panel which includes a custom Street Twin logo. Each bike comes with a certificate of authenticity personalised with the unique VIN number of the bike in true collector's item form.

Bonneville T100

In the Bonneville T100, the new model also sees a boost in power to 65PS since it shares its engine with the Street Twin. However, the T100 also gets a boost in terms of handling thanks to a drop in overall weight which is matched to a new fork and front brake. The update gives the new 2021 Bonneville T100 increased power and torque from a low 3500rpm and all the way up to the rev red line, which is 500rpm higher than the previous version.

Weight has also been reduced by 4kg thanks to the new low inertia crankshaft, lighter balancer shafts, a thin-walled clutch cover and a magnesium cam cover in the revised engine. Handling is improved by new forks and a new Brembo 2-piston front brake.

The new 2021 Bonneville T100 is also equipped with a new instrument dial face, with Bonneville branding and a traditional typeface. The integrated, multi-function display is easily controlled through the handlebar mounted scroll button.

Reflecting the T100’s original Bonneville DNA, there are a number of authentic styling details throughout, from the contrast piping on the seat to the knee pads on the signature Bonneville tank cut-outs, the steel rear mudguard, the chrome-finished mirrors, chrome handlebars, chrome headlamp bezel and chrome filler cap.

Bonneville T120 and T120 Black

For the 1200cc bikes, the Bonneville T120 and T120 black both have been reworked for more response and lower engine emissions.

Like the smaller 900cc bikes, the 1200s have seen their engine internals revised in the quest to give them more pep whilst also meeting Euro5 regulations. Again this was achieved with the use of a new lighter crank, optimised clutch and balancer shafts to reduce inertia and provide a notably more immediate and responsive throttle.

In the handling department, the T120s have shed a massive 7kg thanks to the lighter crankshaft and new aluminium wheels which also have the benefit of reducing unsprung weight.

The braking system has been improved with a higher specification Brembo front brake, with a twin-disc set-up and 2 piston sliding calipers giving excellent stopping power and improved feel. Safety and control have also been maximised thanks to Triumph’s latest generation ABS and switchable traction control.

Cruise control is now a standard feature while other high spec rider focussed technology that comes as standard include a torque-assist clutch, an engine immobiliser incorporated into the key, a handy under-seat USB charging socket and the internal wiring ready to plug in the accessory fit heated grips.

The T120 and T120 Black also have seen their rather fetching clocks revised with the twin clock set-up featuring a new premium 3D dial face with Bonneville branding and traditional typeface and colours.


The Speedmaster is the next in line for the update hit, and despite being one of the newer models in the Triumph Bonneville extended family it has its fair share of updates for 2021.

Receiving the same 1200cc High Torque parallel-twin as the T120 and T120 Black, the Speedmaster gets a new tune for a fuller and smoother power and torque delivery, and a notable lift in the mid-range, for a result that gives lower emissions, and also excellent fuel economy.

Peak torque is a thumping 106Nm at a very low 3850rpm, with over 90% of that torque available all the way up to 5750rpm. Peak power of 78PS comes in at 6100rpm.

The suspension gets an upgrade to bigger diameter 47mm Showa cartridge forks, which combine with the preload-adjustable monoshock rear suspension unit hidden under the seat. Like the T120s, the Speedmaster also gets a new Brembo front brake setup.

It's not just power and handling upgrades for the Speedmaster, with an even more comfortable twin-seat set-up fitted to the 2021 update. The rider’s seat now has separate lumbar support and sculpted deep foam construction, while the pillion seat has 11mm thicker foam than the previous generation. Seat height is a low 705mm while as always the seat configuration can be easily switched between a twin or single seat set up, tailoring the look of the Speedmaster to suit personal taste and allowing the fitment of a useful accessory rear rack which is one of over 79 accessories available for the bike.


For 2021 Triumph's Bobber gets a strong visual revision as well as the same engine refinements as the rest of the range.

The 2021 Triumph Bobber now features a 16-inch fat front wheel and new, chunkier 47mm front forks, giving a really muscular and imposing front end presence.

Moving back past the new LED headlight with Triumph's signature LED daytime running light is a new 12-litre fuel tank wich Triumph says improves the Bobber's range by 33%.

As before the solo seat of the Bobber floats above the rear swingarm and is adjustable fore and aft on its mounting and sits at a very low 690mm.

The new front wheel is complemented by the Bobber’s wide rear wheel setup. Both have a classic wire-spoked design, with black rims. The Avon Cobra tyres have been specifically developed for the Bobber, with lightweight construction for excellent high-speed manoeuvrability and class-leading stability.

Adding to the minimalist style of the Bobber for 2021 are new black engine covers, cam cover and sprocket cover, giving the Bobber a new, meaner, moodier edge. The instruments feature a new bezel, including a metallic embellisher with subtle Bonneville branding. There’s a new dial face, with translucent silver markings, and more integrated warning lights. The multi-function display is controlled by an easily accessible handlebar mounted scroll button.

The new 2021 generation Bobber comes in three distinctive colour options, with a new Matt Storm grey and Matt Ironstone scheme, a new Cordovan Red scheme, and a classic Jet Black option.


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