NO MANUFACTURER IS hitting
the retro trail harder than
Triumph, and with the timeless,
classic appeal of the chrome-clad Bonneville, why not?
The Bonneville, which
is approaching the 60th
anniversary of the celebrated ‘59
classic, is back as the T100, its
gleaming blue-over-white gas
tank at the center of all of that
chrome. There is also the T120
family, with Bonneville styling,
whose models come in red
and gray or blacked-out, each
powered by Triumph’s new “high
torque” 8-valve, 1200cc engine.
More nostalgic yet might be
the new Bonneville Bobber,
which could just as well have
been called the “Brando,”
for its 50’s lines. It is aimed
squarely at the Gen Y crowd.
Triumph’s all-new Street
Scrambler comes with a 19-inch
front wheel, longer suspension
travel, and plenty of options
for fun, on or off-road.
For optimal performance,
the Thruxton and Thruxton
R bring even more, with
their new 1200cc engines
with an advertised power
increase of 68 percent.
The 900cc Street Cup is a
stripped down and nimble cafe
racer that is at home on back
roads, the twistier, the better.
Triumph’s Bonneville Bobber is a ret-ro-hipster’s dream, with styling cues
that go back to World War II years.
The SuperSport promises more comfort and a
slightly more manageable power band.
DUCATI PROMISES TO deliver a
new concept—the perfect blend of
sport and comfort—with its new SuperSport 1000. The 937cc, 113-horsepower
Testastretta engine implies there’s not
likely to be an issue feeding the sport
side of the equation. For comfort, the
pegs are slightly forward of the seat
position, which is intriguing, and the
seat is lush and roomy. Ducati style and
performance, in comfort? Could be
amazing. Pricing starts at $12,995.
For an even more upright ride, Ducati
has added to its Monster platform, with
new 797 and 1200 offerings in the naked
bike movement the brand was instrumental in creating. The signature red
exo-frame, enlarged halogen headlight
and wide bars are nearly irresistible. The
muscular and compact design invite
riders to do things they might not normally do. $9,295 in red; $9,395 for white.
Ducati’s Desert Sled has been getting
as much attention as its street bikes
and appears to go beyond the current
scrambler trend among manufacturers. Ironically, this bike looks very little
like the desert sleds of the 50s and
60s—big British street bikes such as
Matchless, Triumph, BSA, with knobby
tires slipped on as an afterthought. This
Desert Sled actually looks like a dirt bike
first, with monoshock rear suspension,
high fenders, wide handlebars and high
ground clearance. The 803cc engine
packs about 75 horsepower and 50
lb.-ft. of torque. $11,395 for red, $11,595
for white. Scheduled availability: March.