It's not too often I get to throw a leg over modern moto and give it a spin for a few days. I wasn't sure if it would "feel" right as my other bike is custom to my height, weight, riding style but I quickly found out how much fun this ripper could be just as is. When you first see it, you can't help but notice how beautiful the bike truly is with its clean lines and minimal design. The Triumph Bonneville T120 is not just a head turner, it's a modern machine that delivers one of the smoothest rides I've experienced.
Initial thoughts on the first rip: "wow, this moto is so agile and fast". At first, I rode it like a grandma going to church on a Sunday to ensure I didn't get too far over my head. I am 5'7 (on a good day) roughly 133 pounds (also on a good day) and my feet easily planted on both sides of the bike. It's extremely lightweight so I felt in control when in turns and cutting through city traffic at a slower speed. I didn't try to open it up and test myself on it in the curves of the mountain as I was riding in a group on a very twisty road (I am a safety nerd.. on a new bike... that isn't mine = NOPE). Day 2 I went on a solo ride and finally got to play with it a bit more. I was ripping down pipes canyon a little too fast and almost blew my turn. This is where I got to test the ABS and had a "modern braking systems are incredible" moment. The Bonneville stayed smooth and slowed quickly, not abruptly, and I was able to safely make my turn without breaking a sweat. I decided to take a shortcut back to camp that had a few deep washes. Sand is the devil in my personal opinion but I wanted to see how riding this bike through a few patches would feel. It was a bit slippery but since the bike was so lightweight and sat low, it was manageable. This bike is meant for street but it's nice to know if there is ever road construction, loose sand, etc, the bike can and will make it through. Another feature I really liked is the gas mileage. Not having to stop every 80 miles sure was nice and I now know why larger tanks are appreciated.
Overall, I felt with the right luggage, I could go anywhere any everywhere on this moto and have a blast. I love the feeling of flight the Bonneville T120 gave me and how effortlessly it did what I wanted it to do in turns and on the freeway (the acceleration is excellent on this machine). Would I recommend this bike to a beginner? I think a new rider could grow into it very nicely if they practiced enough, knew their boundaries, and respected the bike. The moto is so fast and light that it could get a brand new rider in some serious trouble if they were of the less cautious type but all in all the bigger engine is nothing to be afraid of as long as you take your time and ride within your limits.
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