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First impression of 2016 Bonneville T120

First, this is just a walk around type of review as I wasn't able to ride the bike. It, and a brand new ST were for sale parked on the showroom floor, not spoken for by any buyers yet. Below review comments just off the top my head in comparison to my late model T100 (which I still LOVE).

1. T120 in Cranberry red and silver is an absolutely gorgeous bike!
2. Seems large to look at, but not so much while seated on the bike.
3. Easy to plant my feet on the ground (I'm 5'-11", 29" inseam).
4. Impressive gauges and LCDs. 130mph speedo. 7000 tach redline.
5. Seat quite comfortable, but riding position less so.
6. Cooling system same as the ST. Same radiator, shroud and fan. No temp indicator.
7. Chrome grab bar, valve cover and rims very eye catching.
8. No (fake) choke anymore.
9. Starter and kill SWs now integrated.
10. Ignition SW now on centered on top of steering column.
11. Unflattering horn placement.
12. Pirelli tires and better suspension.
13. Easy key latch for seat removal.
14. Side panels snap on/off - no more screw in fastener.
15. Retro (fake) Amal carbs don't do it for me.
16. Center stand and heated grips are standard!
17. No tool kit. No storage compartment(s).
18. Noticeable engine vibration when cracking the throttle open.
19. ST stock exhaust sounds much better when rapping the throttle.
20. There is noticeable hesitation in throttle response in either road or rain mode or both.

Overall, the new T120 is easy on the eyes as MWOA (motorcycle work of art), but IMHO, stops just short of knocking my socks off in several technical areas for the MSRP of $12000. No offense to any new T120 owners, but if I was trying to decide between this bike and a two to three thousand dollar cheater leftover T100, (in my favorite color scheme), I'd probably buy the latter.

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Difference of opinion

Thought about that. Disagree.

Decided on the T120. That engine did it for me. Among other things, but EXCELLENT place to start.

Got to say, I 'love' that color-scheme you got there.
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18. Noticeable engine vibration when cracking the throttle open.
Part of the self-governing feature. Between that and the windblast, your speed will rarely be high enough to get you arrested.

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20. There is noticeable hesitation in throttle response in either road or rain mode or both.
My guess is that you turned it on and it went to the default road mode. Mine is like that in Road and Sport mode when cold. Rain mode on mine is fine even cold.
The funny thing about this Triumph fuel mapping is that above a quarter throttle or so, you get the same map/power delivery. Rain mode just provides more modulation in that initial quarter opening. I find it's better for not just warm up, but for carving corners too.
For riders who don't use the rev range of the bike, it does feel a little spunkier at low rpm/throttle openings in the other modes.
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First, this is just a walk around type of review as I wasn't able to ride the bike.

18. Noticeable engine vibration when cracking the throttle open.
19. ST stock exhaust sounds much better when rapping the throttle.
20. There is noticeable hesitation in throttle response in either road or rain mode or both.
Don't want to be a putz here, but if you weren't able to actually ride the bike, are you making these judgments based on sitting on the showroom floor and revving the engine? Can't help but wonder if some of your observations would feel different actually RIDING the bike around for a bit?
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No offense to any new T120 owners, but if I was trying to decide between this bike and a two to three thousand dollar cheater leftover T100, (in my favorite color scheme), I'd probably buy the latter.
You probably wouldn't.
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Don't want to be a putz here, but if you weren't able to actually ride the bike, are you making these judgments based on sitting on the showroom floor and revving the engine? Can't help but wonder if some of your observations would feel different actually RIDING the bike around for a bit?
I was thinking the same thing...how could those observations be made if he didn't actually ride the bike?
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