"We are going to have a drink ?". The magic phrase that announces any deplorable and / or memorable evening. Or punctuating a stage in the majority of bike trips.
Rarely with us but more often in England, a few daring might respond:
– London, it’s a bit far, right!?! And let’s not even talk about those located in Barcelona, Lucerne, Orlando, Beijing … Why not the one in Finland while we’re there ….. Timbré, va !
– Keep you busy. Find the bar and I bring the ACE with us. I bet a mousse that I amaze you, two that it will put you on the derch.
– Instead, take your grindstone and stop the hooch in the morning."
Let us leave our fictitious friends at their barricade of brawls to find out what it is. Because it was not so crazy to want to bring the ACE with you. Triumph is offering a limited edition of the Bonneville T120 for 2019 featuring the crest of this cult place of English biker culture (and beyond). A similar partnership gave birth to the 900 Thruxton ACE in 2015.
Starting from the 1200 Bonneville Black, the factory painted it "Matt Storm Gray" embellished with bands "Stripe" and an imposing pattern "Head Down, Hold" on the tank. We added a whole series of ACE logos, installed a few accessories (medallions, indicators), removed the passenger handle to clean the rear and changed the seat.
A very dark tribute, very discreet, far from standing out from a standard T120 Black. Except…
Except on two points. First, the ACE will be manufactured in 1400 copies. Second, this Bonnie will come with a numbered certificate signed by Nick Bloor, the CEO of Triumph, and Mark Wilsmore, the director of the Ace Cafe.
The mechanical and technical basis is fully preserved. In addition to the style that made the reputation of the Bonneville, both yesterday and today, it now knows how to meet the expectations of the right hand with a 1200 cc full of enthusiasm and pleasure. His pickups and his heart that rises are much more demonstrative than the 80 horses announced.
The wish of this Englishwoman is vintage on the outskirts then modern to perfection with ABS, two driving modes, traction control, a USB socket, heated grips, anti-dribble clutch, LED lights … A Triumph can also be recognized by the technological situation it embeds.
Did they find their bar? One more mystery for London. Triumph has found the one that matches its Classic range. Perhaps a warmer, less taciturn decor would have attracted more enthusiasm. Unless this ACE doesn’t want to overshadow Bonneville’s other 2019 limited series, the Diamond.
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900 THRUXTON special edition ACE 2015
Model marketed in
about 190 km / h
The technical aspect
Triumph 1200 BONNEVILLE T 120 ACE 2019
- Tank: 14.5 liters
- Width: 785 mm
- Height: 1,125 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,445 mm
- Dry weight: 224 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(97.6 x 80 mm)
at 6550 rpm
at 3,100 rpm