Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 10th May 2019

Iconic British brands Triumph and the Ace Café have joined forces to create the Triumph Bonneville T120 Ace, a limited edition version of the classic parallel twin that is on sale now.

Triumph has customised the standard Bonneville T120 with a custom paint job and numerous modified parts. Just 1400 will be made, for sale worldwide, with each bike being numbered and coming with a certificate signed jointly by Triumph CEO Nick Bloor and Mark Wilsmore, head honcho at the Ace Café London.

The bike pays homage to the café racers of the 1960s. Based in north London, the Ace Café was the spiritual home for the boy racers and ‘Ton Up Boys’ who raced around the North Circular on their tuned and modified Brit bikes of the era. Since being reopened in the early 2000s, the Ace has enjoyed a renaissance in the current retro scene and now has five overseas branches, in Spain, China, Switzerland, Finland and the United States of America.

The new Bonneville T120 Ace follows in the tyre tracks of 2015’s Thruxton Ace. The new Bonneville T120 Ace features a unique ‘Storm Grey’ paint job with a contrasting Ace Café stripe and dedicated Ace Café and Bonneville T120 graphics, such as the ‘Head down… hold on’ sticker on the fuel tank.

The murdered out theme continues with the black tank badges, intake covers, wheels, exhausts and bench seat. Triumph’s fender removal kit (an accessory on the standard model) has been fitted to give a real customised look to the rear of the bike, while LED bullet indicators are also standard fitment.

Mark Wilsmore, managing director of Ace Café London, said: ‘’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 be top dog off the lights. This beautiful new Bonneville T120 Ace pays homage to those riders and our glorious shared history in style.’’

While the Bonneville T120 Ace edition features a number of modifications to the standard model, the engine remains stock, meaning the 1200cc twin churns out 79bhp, with a healthy 105Nm of torque at just 3100rpm. Other features include a torque control clutch, traction control and two rider modes, while the spec sheet also includes cruise control, heated handlebar grips and a USB charging socket.

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It’s priced at £11,100, just £500 more than the standard model upon which it is based, and can be ordered from Triumph dealerships now.

Triumph Bonneville T120 Ace Specifications

Engine Type

Liquid cooled, eight valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin

Capacity

1200 cc

Bore/Stroke

97.6 x 80 mm

Compression Ratio

10.0:1

Maximum Power

79 BHP (59 kW) @ 6,550 rpm

Maximum Torque

105 Nm @ 3,100 rpm

Fuel system

Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection

Exhaust

Black two into two exhaust system with twin black silencers

Final drive

X-ring chain

Clutch

Wet, multi-plate assist clutch, cable operated

Gearbox

Six-speed

Frame

Tubular steel cradle

Swingarm

Twin-sided, tubular steel

Front Wheel

32-spoke 18 x 2.75”

Rear Wheel

32-spoke 17 x 4.25”

Front Tyre

100/90-18

Rear Tyre

150/70 R17

Front Suspension

KYB 41mm cartridge forks, 120mm travel

Rear Suspension

KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel

Front Brake

Twin 310mm discs, Nissin two-piston floating calipers, ABS

Rear Brake

Single 255mm disc, Nissin two-piston floating caliper, ABS

Length

2,170 mm

Width (Handlebars)

785 mm

Height Without Mirrors

1,125 mm

Seat Height

785 mm

Wheelbase

1,445 mm

Rake

25.5 º

Trail

105.2 mm

Dry Weight

224 Kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

15 litres

Instruments

LCD multi-functional instrument pack with analogue speedometer, analogue tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication, service indicator, clock, trip computer, scroll and mode buttons on handlebars, heated grip status, fuel consumption display, traction control status and throttle mode display.

Fuel Consumption

63mph

CO2 Emissions

103.0 g/km