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Triumph Bonneville Ace and Diamond editions

EICMA 2019: Something special from Triumph

Two limited edition Bonnies and brand-new Triumph TFT tech

As the Bonnie celebrates its 60th year in 2018, two beautiful special editions were revealed at EICMA in Milan; the all-new Scrambler 1200s got their first public showcase; and Triumph launched a new class-leading innovation in TFT technology.

EICMA is one of the biggest motorcycle shows in Europe, alongside Intermot in Cologne. It’s truly vast and manufacturers and brands use the show as a platform for announcing their latest innovations.

Triumph not only made the very first public showcase of their stunning all-new Scrambler 1200s, but also revealed two new Bonneville one-off special editions and a world first in rider-managed GoPro control, Google-powered navigation and even music and phone control – all from a new Bluetooth accessory and the MyTriumph app.

Continuing the exciting 2019 season Moto2 engine programme, Triumph also announced a new racing brand ambassador, two-time WSB champion and Moto2 commentator James Toseland.

Bonneville T120 Ace

This is where it all started. The cafe racer scene. Following on from the Thruxton Ace of 2015, the new Ace edition Bonneville is built to echo the ‘head down, hold on’ attitude of teenage bikers of the time and celebrate London’s legendary Ace Cafe – their spiritual home.

Inspired by the legendary ’59 Bonneville T120, this one-of-a-kind special edition has a number of unique touches and features. It’s a one-off, blacked-out urban ‘traffic light racer’ themed special. The paint is a unique premium matt Storm Grey finish with contrasting Ace Cafe stripe, alongside dedicated Ace Cafe Bonneville T120 styling and tank graphic design.

Exclusive to this model, there are black four bar Triumph tank badges, black intake covers and engine badges, black bench seat, minimal fender set-up (removal kit fitted as standard – excluding Canada and India) and bullet LED indicators (multi-function lamp in the USA).

These premium features will only appear on this special edition, which is limited to 1,400 worldwide. Every bike comes with a numbered and signed certificate by Nick Bloor, Triumph CEO and Mark Wilsmore, Managing Director at the Ace Cafe.

Using the T120 Black as its base, it shares its exceptional underpinnings. This includes advanced rider-focused technology, the impressive 1200cc high torque engine, dedicated chassis and suspension for relaxed and refined riding, and original styling inspired by the original ’59 Bonnie.

Mark Wilsmore, Managing Director at the Ace Cafe, shares his thoughts on the Ace Bonnie: “Triumph and the Ace Cafe go hand in hand for me, with decades of riders turning up at the cafe on the latest British twin to chance their arm on the A406, and to be the top dog off the lights. This beautiful new Bonneville T120 Ace pays homage to those riders and our glorious shared history in style. I was involved in the design and can’t wait to have one in my garage. For me this is just what a bike should be.” Find out more about the Ace edition.

Bonneville T120 Diamond

Celebrating the legendary 1959 Bonneville T120, Triumph has revealed a 60th anniversary ‘Diamond Edition’. Another incredible one-off special edition, with premium paint scheme and a host of unique and beautiful details.

From the outset, the unique Snowdonia White and Aluminium Silver ‘union flag’ tank scheme and Diamond side panel branding sets this Bonnie apart.

Taking a closer look, you’ll find chrome four bar Triumph tank badges, chrome engine cover and chain guard, giving this Diamond Edition its shine. Limited to only 900 worldwide, it’s a motorcycle that will be the highlight of any collection or garage. Again, it will come with a numbered and signed certificate by Nick Bloor, Triumph CEO, to ensure its authenticity.

Based on the acclaimed Bonneville T120, it has the same perfect handling, comfort and incredible power from the high torque 1200cc engine that the T120 has, but takes it to an even higher standard. Beautiful chrome details and ‘union flag’ paint make this Diamond Edition one of the best-looking Bonnevilles ever created.  See more of the Diamond Edition.

New Triumph TFT connectivity system

EICMA brought with it another surprise – a huge TFT Connectivity System update. A world first for motorcycles and packed with cutting-edge features.

Do you already have a bike with a TFT screen? Great news! You’ll be able to head to your local dealership for a software update and new Bluetooth module accessory fitment in 2019.

Described as a ‘whole new generation of motorcycle connectivity for 2019’, it’s designed to deliver an enhanced rider experience with a host of class-defining connectivity features.

What do you get? A world-first integrated GoPro control system, a turn-by-turn navigation system (powered by Google), and music and phone operation. These features can all be accessed via the TFT instruments and the navigation is supported by a new free app called My Triumph.

The new features will also be accessible using a new Bluetooth module. Again, you can have these fitted on to your existing Triumph TFT screen by your local Triumph dealership. Prices and full details to be released in spring 2019.

Find out the full features and specification.

Triumph x Toseland

An exciting new partnership began at the event, too. World Superbike Champion racer James Toseland rode up onto the stage as it was announced that he will be Triumph’s Moto2 racing ambassador.

He’s thrilled to be on board: “I’m genuinely excited to be starting a relationship with Triumph. Triumph is a British manufacturer so, being a British racer, that’s important to me. I really got on with the team earlier this year at the race and on the track, and it felt natural for me to be a part of the next step in Triumph’s Moto2 journey. After not riding for seven years I got to try out Triumph’s Moto2 prototype [back in October at Silverstone]. It really reminded me how much I love it.”