Triumph Updates Modern Classic Range For 2014

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Instead of the major rumored changes, the Triumph Modern Classic range — Bonneville, T100, Thruxton and Scrambler — are receiving only iterative updates for 2014. Here’s complete details.

2014 Triumph Bonneville

The Bonneville forms the basis for the rest of the Modern Classic range and it’s the cheapest model in it. In RideApart’s opinion, it’s also the best. 17-inch cast wheels are, in comparison to the other models’ spoked items, lighter, tubeless and accept modern rubber. That makes the bike faster, sharper and more responsive.

For 2014, all that’s retained, including the accessible 29.1-inch seat height, but new machined cooling fins on the cylinders, “accentuate the classic British twin engine” while blacked-out cooling lines deliver, “a subtle aesthetic.” That seat is made with a new, “improved filler material for better comfort.” A black grab rail at the seat’s rear completes the updates. Colors include white/blue, silver and black.

Oh, and new silencers are supposed to deliver a more “throaty” exhaust note.

2014 Triumph Bonneville T100

Same cleaned up engine details as the Bonnie and similarly updated exhausts. The T100 adds a chrome grab rail and chainguard though. The larger, 19-inch spoked wheels are heavier than the Bonnie’s, blunting acceleration, braking and handling, while the increased unsprung weight also negatively impacts the ride quality. Taller handlebars also remove some weight from the front end, all changes that reduce performance and handling when compared to the cheaper Bonneville. 2014 colors include white/gold and black/red.

2014 Triumph Bonneville T100 Black

Same as the T100, just with more black. Specifically, black paint is applied to the, “wheel rims, wheel hubs, handlebars, RSU springs, mudguard stays, mirrors, engine finish and grab rail.”

2014 Triumph Thruxton

Like the T100, spoked wheels add unsprung weight and reduce tire choice. The Thruxton adds adjustable rear suspension, upswept exhausts and lower handlebars so it looks a little more like a cafe racer. The base Bonnie is actually faster and handles better.

The Thruxton benefits from the same aesthetic refinements to the engine and the same exhaust changes as the other models. Colors include black and green, both with gold accents.

2014 Triumph Scrambler

The Scrambler differentiates itself from the other models in the Modern Classic range with a 270-degree crank, giving it an uneven firing order and v-twin like feel. That adds a welcome dose of character to models with are otherwise unexpectedly anodyne. Same aesthetic engine upgrades and noiser exhaust as the other models, while components including the, “oil cooler lines, handlebars, wheel rims and hubs, plus the rear master cylinder reservoir cover” are blacked out. New colors are matte blue(!) and red/silver.

American pricing and availability are TBA. UK sales start on September 1.

  • Stuki

    No ABS brakes? That is a big turnoff for those buying the bike for “sensible commuter/citybike” reasons, rather than for looks. Which, according to how well they, according to you guys, perform judged purely as motorcycles, ought to be a fairly large group of people.

    • dingo

      I think the only “classic” looking bike available with ABS is the CB1100. Sad.

      • BigRooster69

        And surprisingly enough even HD added ABS to the Sporty this year.

      • Stuki

        And that one has tire sizes so “classic” you cannot get decent rain tires for it……….

    • 200 Fathoms

      Yes, it’s time.

    • Paul Cypert

      Some are saying EU will require in a year or two’s time, so I’m betting ABS becomes an option in 2015? I feel similarly though and if I make it back to the US this year I’ll be buying the Honda. I want a vintage (non-transformer) bike that’s great for having my girl on my back that benefits from modern advancements in technology. Just because I respond to classic looks doesn’t mean I demand classic braking, performance, build, etc.

  • appliance5000

    In addition to adding abs I thought they might get rid of the gas tank seam just to show they care.

  • Piglet2010

    Will the grab rail bolt onto earlier (2001-2013) Bonnies?

    • HammSammich

      It looks like it mounts up the same as the OEM aftermarket grab rail that Triumph has sold for years…but they’re expensive, and you can probably find a cheaper option in the aftermarket. Check out, or even ebay…

      • paul martel

        After riding bikes for the past 40 year (mostly Triumphs), I have to wonder about today’s riders.Whether it’s the “bikers” crying for modern innovations such as ABS on what is supposed to be a “classic” bike to the HD riders on their baggers (which can only be accurately described as cars missing two of their wheels), people seem to have forgotten what a motorcycle is and just what riding is about. Sad how pussified riders have become.

        • MNbobster

          Amen to that, Paul.

        • Paul Cypert

          As someone with a wife to think about should things go south, I don’t think it’s pussified to want ABS. It’s a simple addition and no it’s not used all the time, but when it can be there it’s better for it. People railed about seatbelts and air bags, didn’t detract a thing from driving. ABS can help in more situations than it hurts and asking for it to be discretely put on is just common sense.

          I mean why draw the line there? Why ever change to a more comfortable seat or handlebars that fit how you’d like to hold? Both of which “pussify” the bike by making it more ride-able. Why add in more modern suspensions? Why put on better tires from what was originally on the bikes?

          Yes some bike advancements take away from the pure aspect of riding, but if one can keep us riding longer why knock it?

    • MNbobster

      Grab rails, sissy bars, and luggage racks always have the same mount points.

  • Jason

    I like the Bonneville range and have enjoyed one as a rental but any new bike I purchase in 2014 must have ABS brakes and fuel injection. I old enough now that I have stopped pretending I can modulate brakes faster than a computer. I’m in the market for a new bike and it frustrates me the number of bikes that are sold in Europe with ABS but ABS is not even offered as an option in the USA.

    • Stuki

      On hardcore sport bikes, bought for trackdays and canyon blitzing only, go, I can see foregoing abs. Not because even GP stars can outbrake a good abs setup, but simply because locking up the brakes seem like such a distant 10th as far as reasons for wadding a track/canyon bike go. Traction control is probably $1000 better spent on such a bike. Not to mention $1000 worth of track days/instruction.

      But for riding in the city, where every car has abs, hence every moron behind a wheel being perfectly capable of braking hard enough to lift the rear on a bike, buying a new bike without abs strikes me as foolish.

      • Jason

        Even on the track ABS is valuable. Look no further than Keith Code’s California Superbike School. When he switched from 600cc bikes to the BMW S1000RR his crash rate during his track school dropped 400%.

        • victorz21

          Actually they went down 75%, but Keith Code’s bad at maths :-) Completely agree about ABS on the track, though – one less thing to worry about…

          • Jason

            You are correct, I was just quoting Keith without looking at the numbers. Still, going from 1.2 crashes per day to 0.3 crashes per day is a huge reduction!

        • Stuki

          I’m not Mr. Code and don’t have access to his data sets, but I’d be surprised if traction control is not responsible for more of that reduction than abs, in a track environment. The article does mention reduction in “nasty high sides”, which I would think results from spinning up the rear, then backing off and having it hook back up; versus just giving it your all on the S1000, and let the electronics sort things out.

          Abs is valuable, though; no argument there from me. Heck, at my skill level, I’d gladly pay a $2,500 upcharge to have Yamaha put the S10′s ABS (switchable, though, at least in the rear) on the WR250R… On a track bike, it has to be “good”, perhaps “race”, abs. Plenty of abs systems out there that, while valuable on the street, are way to intrusive for race rubber equipped superbikes ridden by highly skilled track and canyon riders.

    • Piglet2010

      Uh, pretty sure all the Modern Classics have fuel injection – they just look like they have carburetors.

      • Jason

        Yes, they do. However, there are still plenty of street legal motorcycles sold with carburetors in 2013 and even for 2014. Bikes like the KLR650, DR650SE, DR-Z400S, etc. As I said, I am in the market for a new motorcycle but I will not consider a motorcycle that doesn’t have fuel-injection and ABS. I’m looking for mid-size, all-purpose bike, 50 – 80 hp is fine. A Bonneville would be ideal if they it had ABS.

        • Campisi

          Give a Monster a go.

          • Jason

            Nice bikes but too expensive to buy and maintain for me. We also can’t seem to keep a Ducati dealer in my city so the closest reliable dealer is 3 hours away.

        • Conrad

          2014 Kawasaki Versys will have ABS. Under 8K too.

  • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

    Are there any pictures of the 2014 Blue/White Bonnie? I’m curious if it’s the same basic paint scheme as the previous few years. I’m diggin’ the blacked out T100!

  • Stuki

    Looking at these pictures, despite being anything but a hipster, I have to say that; while Ducati may well make the coolest looking bikes, no other line of bikes make their riders look as cool as Triumph’s classic line.

  • Hooligan

    Photo’s taken at Brighton down on the South Coast of England.

  • Chris Cope

    I agree with what others are saying: No ABS = No purchase.

  • Josh M.

    I’m diggin’ the return of the tank badge on the standard Bonnie.

  • grb

    Man I really like how this bikes look, allot, and Im glad you can buy a bike like this with new tech, new parts available, better performance and even a warranty. But at the same time I have a feeling that the retro look/fad just hampers with progress/innovation/improvement/new ideas…

    • Shon

      Retro bikes do nothing of the sort. They do offer something that the average guy can work on, repair, and modify easily, though, offering classic looks and modern reliability all the while. There are plenty of progressive bikes out there, including others made by Triumph.

  • Sohl

    The only bike that makes me bite my knuckles as hard as that blacked-out T-100 is the BMW R1200R Classic.

    • RKW50

      Check out the BMW R Nine T

  • Jonathan Berndt

    i guess you either love Triumphs or not. they just do nothing for me. ive spent a whole day thrashing a Bonneville and it was… ok, kind of bland overall and heavy. i test rode a speed triple and as soon as i got back on my bike i pretty much forgot it. they just dont set me on fire.

  • thegreyman

    THe bonnie’s look awesome. Great fit and finish,but the performance leaves me wanting more. I’ve only rode a 2010 bonnie, so can’t speak for the other ones. Love the look, not into the performance.

    • sean macdonald

      nothing’s changed

    • 200 Fathoms

      But the mods (suspension, intake, exhaust) are so easy…

  • John

    It’s hard to be “Classic” if the product is changing all the time.

  • chupa

    How bout shaving off 75lbs off these chubbys?

  • Jesse

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Still a good looking bunch of bikes, though.

    Edited to add: That Matte Blue. Rawr. That’s a good challenger for the Matte Green on previous model years.

  • 480272

    I don’t think Triumphs ‘Marketing’ shots do much for the bikes. They’re pure and simple machines and they should try a little less on the fashion side of things. On another note, since when did we all need ABS ???

    • chupa

      Since 2008?

      • 480272

        whatever, could someone who can drive a motorcycle support me here…..

        • MNbobster

          I have a 2013 Scrambler. It only skids when I make it skid (which is fun sometimes). ABS would be good on rainy days, but I don’t ride if I know it will rain. I like that the Scrambler is simple and easy to maintain. It could be a tad lighter though.

        • Eric Rasmussen

          I ride street and track. Personally, I think ABS should be required on all bikes. A skilled rider doesn’t “need” it, but I can count the number of truly skilled and experienced street riders I know on one hand. Even they agree it should be required, since in an emergency braking situation a lot of that training flies right out the window… :)

    • Campisi

      Since technological development made ABS worth having on bikes.

    • CruisingTroll

      Since when do we all need motorcycles?


      One dumb question deserves another. :D

  • MNbobster

    Thankfully, I got the gloss black 2013 model. Stuki, I don’t/didn’t want ABS. I stop just fine on my own.

  • steve

    I would have bought a 2014 Bonneville if it had ABS brakes. This is a big disappointment.

  • aircraftmech

    They’re all good looking bikes!

  • barney fife

    Ha ha pretty funny…. first time i’ve ever heard a 360 degree engine described as ‘anodyne’…I own one and can tell you that the engine is very characterful as well as being spine tingling when in full song with some pipes….this reviewer is undoubtedly a youngster and comes from the all moto gp all the time school of racer boy bikes…and doesn’t realize yet that it’s not all about speed..with that said the bonnie is one of the easiest motors to hop up….105 hp capability.
    ps. those crying for abs and water cooling please return to your car your mommy is waiting…lol.

  • Chris Velissarios

    No way to wait anymore for an abs edition. Since H.D putted abs to all the sportster range, I’ll go with the XL883R that I like it the same way as the T100.

  • Stuart Fearnes

    no abs=not interested. I was very interested in the t100. But, heading over to honda.