For some of the seasoned purists of motorcycling, modern motorcycles are seen as a form of sacrilege; what with all the fancy electronic-aids and plastic bits all over. And for a lot of these riders, the Triumph Bonneville range has provided a serious dose of retro motorcycling combined with modern engineering and reliability. However, with the current entry-level Bonneville, the Street Twin, more modern than ever before, does its larger sibling, the new T120, do a better job of retaining the classic essence of the original from the ’60s? Its proper archetypal British bike looks certainly seem to suggest so, but a more thorough evaluation was undoubtedly in order.
We honestly weren’t expecting the massive 1,200cc motor to delivery great fuel efficiency figures, so you can imagine how surprised we were when our city run showed a mileage figure of 20.2kpl, which ended up going to a whopping 27kpl on the highway! Combine that highway mileage with a 14.5-litre fuel capacity, and you’re looking at a range of nearly 400km between fuel stops. The T120 really does make a strong case for itself as a touring machine then.