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Mar

The New Bonneville Family, Love Loss with a Connection to the Motorcycle, and the Tiger Explorer
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Right now, journalists from around the world are in southwest Portugal for the global press launch of the highly anticipated Triumph T120, T120 Black, Thruxton and Thruxton R. With initial impressions beginning to surface – and superlatives being thrown around like “it’s a consuming experience from the moment you get on to the moment you get off (Visordown)” and “they don’t get much better than the T120 (MCN)” – we can hardly wait for the full reviews! Stay tuned for a complete wrap up in next week’s ITN. For the Love of the new Bonneville Family
Writing for The New York Times, Lily Brooks-Dalton spins a melancholy tale of love lost, discovery and redemption – all revolving around the author’s forlorn motorbike. “The Triumph Bonneville had been the most acute reminder. I hadn’t ridden it since things ended with my partner. Every time I passed it parked on the street…I would think of our glorious summer together, riding 5,500 miles across the country on two Triumphs.” It’s a poignant story and a reminder of the tremendous emotional connection motorcycling plays in the lives of those who ride. A melancholy story of love loss and the emotional connection with a motorcycle
“This bike is super impressive and it definitely holds its own alongside bikes like the BMW R1200GS and the KTM Adventure, to make the adventure class even more competitive than it already is,” declares Bike World in their in-depth video review of the new Triumph Tiger Explorer. It’s an excellent breakdown containing a detailed look at the all-new Explorer’s extensive tech and expanded on-road and off-road capabilities. More Love for the New Explorer
Normally sites like Return of the Café Racers spend their time writing about the latest, greatest custom machines rather than reviewing brand new, fresh-from-the-factory bikes. But since Triumph’s new Street Twin is “aimed at us, the home builders and custom enthusiasts,” they decided to make an exception. After a quick blast through the Australian countryside, they give their impressions from a customizer’s perspective. “There’s no denying the old Bonnies are a huge hit in the custom scene and once the new ones start hitting streets around the globe, I’m confident they will be just as popular.” Customizers decide to test ride a non customized bike
With a history spanning roughly 150 years, picking the top 50 “Most Iconic Motorcycles Of All Time” is no easy undertaking. Gear Patrol takes a stab, and include the Triumph Bonneville and 1937 Speed Twin among their “favorites of all time.” They call the elegant Speed Twin “one of the most influential motorcycles ever designed,” and they reckon “the Bonneville oozes cool from every angle. Brando, Dean and, of course, McQueen have all swung legs over this plucky Brit.” Best over 150 years
“The raw, stripped-down look has been popular in the Triumph Twin scene for some time, which is no surprise as the Hinckley Twin has nothing to be shy about when naked,” says Bonnefication in their write up of this stripped-down 2012 Bonneville T100 from Bunker Customs. The bike’s metamorphosis is achieved through some relatively simple modifications and well-placed bolt-on bits, with seemingly the most work put into the custom seat and tail unit. Combined with the striking brushed metal tank, it’s an attractive end result that’s easily achievable by the ambitious amateur builder. T100 goes naked and looks really good