my wife has a T120, so I get to ride her bike too when needed.
power wise is definitely better than my SE.... fuel consumption is way way better (best case at 19km/l to 27km/l)
power curve feels more torque from 3-5k rpm on the T120
less vibration, more comfortable on higher speed cruise.
about the same feedback when I was riding the street twin as a loaner from my local dealer.
add: the T120 did have the annoying slow speed surge... this was easily solved with the booster plug (the T120 has Xpipe and Pred Pro installed)
Would I change at the moment?
nah, am still having fun with my SE.... more character? gets lots of attention from the ladies (but mostly from the older ones reminiscing about their old boyfriends riding a bonnie)
my wife does get a lot of compliments from other people too, since she is a small lady riding a big bike... I always joke she looks like a mouse riding on an elephant 😆
I have a 2013 AC Thruxton that I loved very much but in 2018 I got a good deal on new old stock 2016 WC Thruxton I still own both bikes but the old Thruxton hardly gets ridden the 1200 is so much better, would I do it again, bloody hell yeah, more torque, handles so much better, feels lighter on the road, smoother riding, even better with a Meerkat and open stock mufflers, able to keep up with all my mates on their sports bikes, choose of ride modes, able to turn off ABS and TC, better for long haul rides.
Anyone want to buy a well looked after 2013 Thruxton with TOR mufflers, upgraded sports suspension front and back.
It’s like asking if u upgrade from carburetor bikes to EFI bikes then would u go back to a carbed bike. I am a little bit of a hard head and it took some time for me to switch from carb to EFI, I still own both a carbed an EFI bike, one air-oil cooled and one water cooled.
So since I live in Florida where our daily summer temps average 92-98 Degrees it definitely sucks to ride a air-oil cooled bike with a big motor and enjoy it especially in the city or light to light ryding, and of course the bikes are going to b running ultra hot and will suffer a little bit on performance under those extreme temps. So I only take my air oil cooled bike out to run on cooler days which we don’t get until November around here but thats when I ride it the most. Super hot humid weather not the best conditions for air-oil cooled carbed bikes, That’s why I like having a water cooled bike too so I can get out and ride more in the hottest months when we reach feel like temps 102! Boxers and sunglasses only required to wear in those temps...lol I know a lot of guys run Engine Ice coolant in their bikes out here who ride there bikes alot in the hottest temps.
so I do go back and forth between ryding a air-oil cooled carbed 1200 cc and a water cooled EFI 1200cc bike which makes sense to me since I am Gemini and I can have the best of both worlds, Old School and Nu Skool, how lucky I am!...FTG
The only thing I miss about my 2003 T100 is its simplicity. Its had bullet proof reliability, and great ease of maintenance. While my T120 is the better, more refined bike in any category you can name, I don't trust that I can fix anything that comes up myself. I'm just hoping it doesn't break.
I went from a 2013 Thruxton to a 2019 T100 and am enjoying the newer bike quite a bit more. Everything about it is just a little bit nicer. You can tell Triumph had more budget when designing it, the little attention to detail, more little metal bits versus cheap plastics, etc. Though you'll often hear the opposite, I have been more satisfied with the reliability of my water cooled Bonneville. After 35k miles on the air cooled Thruxton, I had to have my throttle position sensor changed twice (and was still dealing with intermittent issues with the bike not being able to start) and the blue plastic cover for the high-beam indicator popped out. After 10k miles on the water cooled T100 I have experienced no issues whatsoever. I can feel the slight reduction in power, but the whole bike feels smoother and nicer and the seat that comes with it is a whole lot better too.
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