Big capacity retros have been around so long that the first ones have almost turned into classics. Kawasaki’s Zephyr 1100 appeared in 1992. Yamaha’s XJR1200 (later 1300) followed in 1995. But the basic idea of the 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 is even older than the ’69 Bonnie on the previous classic review. I’ve got a 600 Panther in my garage with the same riding position, wheelbase, seat, silencers and colour. And they were first built in 1932. So you could say that nothing on the T120 is particularly new. Continue reading “2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Review, as Retro as Elvis!”
When the Meriden factory boys screwed together this US-spec Triumph Bonneville T120 in 1969 – no doubt to the strains of Bad Moon Rising and A Boy Named Sue on the radio – they little suspected that it would, almost half a century later, be revered as a classic. The idea that someone would one day painstakingly restore the thing to as-new condition, right down to the correct aluminium tie wraps and water transfers, would have had them spluttering sugary tea all over their spam sandwiches. Continue reading “1969 Triumph Bonneville T120 Classic Review”
After spending the majority of its 17 years building cruisers and tourers, Victory has been liberated by its parent company Polaris’s purchase of Indian. With that famous old marque better placed to take on Harley-Davidson at its own game, Victory is being revamped to become the “American performance brand”.
That’s likely to mean big, muscular V-twins plus smaller, sportier models along the lines of the Roland Sands Design Project 156 that competed at Pikes Peak (where it failed to finish following a crash). And in the short term Victory is going electric. Earlier this year, Polaris added to its portfolio by buying electric-bike specialist Brammo and entering the Isle of Man’s TT Zero race, in which Lee Johnston and Guy Martin finished third and fourth. Now comes the first electric roadster: the Victory Empulse TT. Continue reading “Victory Empulse TT Review, The Current Performance !”
Giving the already bonkers Aprilia Tuono V4R even more power and torque may seem like overkill. But that doesn’t tell the whole story of the New Tuono RR…
When we were being introduced to the new Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR, there was an admission from the Italian firm about what it had originally decided to do with it. Aprilia was going to slot the new RSV4 engine directly in, with little to no adjustment towards the naked class. Now that’s a mouthwatering – and scarily exciting – proposition. Continue reading “2016 Aprilia Tuono RR Review – Top Notch Roadster !”