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Triumph Bonneville T120

Triumph Bonneville T120

3.7 from 3 reviews

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3 major breakdowns only 12000kms

My new T120 has had 3 electrical issues in less than a year, first the heated grips stopped working then the indicators stopped working, each time i took the bike back to workshop it was in there for a month each time until they finally replaced entire electrical loom on the bike, the last straw was only last week when bike just wouldn't start had to get it picked up by a bike recovery service at my expense, I had enough of this rubbish of a bike and sold it back to the dealer, it's still in their workshop as far as I know, good riddance, triumph Bonneville T120 has major electrical issues and should all be recalled.

Date PurchasedFeb 2018

2017 Triumph T120 Bonneville

Back to bikes (after decades) with this amazing machine, only done 1200k's so far but just love it. Outstanding performance, very impressed with the build quality and modern inclusions...ABS, traction, double front disc etc.
The 1200cc motor coupled with the 6 speed box is brilliant, very torquey, love the classic look, for me its the bike i wanted when i was 18 but could never afford. Handles well, goes where you point it, its a head turner. I had cruise fitted too which i use all the time. Negatives......they are not cheap, I had V and H pipes fitted but the sound is disappointing ....should have stayed with the original pipes. Its not a sports bike, its a classic and i love it. Like Bonnie Style i will update as i put some k's on it.

Date PurchasedAug 2017

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120

Replaced my T100 with this brand new model March 2016 - first shipment of T120s received by dealer. All parts quantum improvement in comparison to outgoing T100 model for finish, spec and design. Very happy with it at first sight. Bigger 1200cc engine NOTHING like the 865 T100. Huge torque increase and feel each power stroke much like a very big twin like the Harleys or Moto Guzzi California. Biggest plus: hugely refined 6 speed gearbox, great motor and quality parts and finish. The bad: nothing. Minor amount of vibration in the end of the speedo's needle (tachometer needle still) but this being hyper critical to say something. All in all, rides/corners beautifully and suspension a vast improvement. Will update after putting on some kms.

4 comments
Many more kms now to speak about. Bike remains fantastic. Vibration in the speedo needle is only at idle or when revs are below the engine's sweet spot (3,000 to 5,00rpm). No bad things to say at all - big smiles. The black and white colour scheme gets great comments from everyone who sees it.7000km, still no problems to speak of......Issue with squeaking front brakes won't go away as due to sintered brake pads. Could change these to organic pads which would stop squealing but also reduce brake performance...Catch 22 dilemma !One year on and 8,000KM, the new 1200cc T120 still performs perfectly without any problems. One quality issue has emerged with quite severe corrosion appearing on the front spokes - less so on the rear spokes (not on any other parts of the bike ) and in spite of the bike living a protected life in a garage, never left outside and never having gotten or ridden wet ! This issue will be raised with Triumph shortly

Questions & Answers

Hi Bonnie style what was the outcome with the wiring harness and triumph in general?, Bonnyr
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Hi there, Triumph we’re very proactive about it - lent me a brand new bike for free for the 6 weeks it took to prepare a whole new wiring harness. Took 2 days to strip and fit the new kit when it came it. Bike now as new. Thanks Triumph !! Triumph refused to do a cheap and nasty fix (just replace master wiring plug and cut & join all wires) and did it the right way - very happy.

Hi Bonnie Style , I have same bike ( same colour) same corrosion problem at same spots ! Contacted Triumph , still waiting for response. Dealer says it is the brake pads shedding metals fillings at heat ... Also have some corrosive pitting at side motor covers and carbie housings . Have had any word back from triumph ? Ferre
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No I'm yet to speak to them about it....But I'm to raise it with them when I see them next.

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