2021 Harley-Davidson® Iron 883™ vs 2022 Triumph Bonneville T120
Seacoast Harley-Davidson® is the premier H-D® dealership serving Rochester Dover Hampton Exeter New Hampshire, and we have everything that a motorcycle enthusiast needs. That includes an immaculate showroom and one of the largest and most diverse collections of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles in our region. We also have an in-house finance department with specialists who can help you get a motorcycle loan whether you are purchasing from us or making a private deal. Our service department and parts department are second to none. We have a ride academy that hosts a Learn to Ride program but also offers a wide range of classes aimed at skilled riders. That inventory we mentioned includes all of the top options in the Harley-Davidson® lineup, including the Iron 883™, and in this article, we provide our take on the 2021 Harley-Davidson® Iron 883™ vs 2022 Triumph Bonneville T120.
Harley-Davidson® Iron 883™
The 2021 Harley-Davidson® Iron 883™ is among the most popular rides in the H-D® lineup. Nobody does the American cruiser quite like Harley-Davidson®, and the Iron series is the quintessential cruiser. It is affordable. It has a low profile, puts you in a forward riding position and provides mid-mount foot controls. The design and aesthetic are legendary and are dripping with Harley-Davidson® cool and tradition. Harley-Davidson® markets it as middleweight power paired with precision handling that is perfect for the urban rider who wants iconic style and that V-Twin rumble. Riders who want more power can opt for the Iron 1200, but it is important to note that the Iron 1200 is not just the 883 with a bigger engine. There are some notable differences, such as the Iron 1200 having a more upright positioning.
2022 Triumph Bonneville T120
The 2022 Triumph Bonneville T120 is a popular cruiser from legendary British manufacturer Triumph. With the Bonneville T120, Triumph seeks to emulate a classic aesthetic, but almost everything about the bike is quite modern. The peak power and torque numbers are the same as the previous model, but the focus for this model year has been on improving the responsiveness. That performance just feels better with the new model. If you have tested the Bonneville T120 previously and did not think it was a fun ride, then you may want to give it another chance. Cruise control is now standard, which is a nice addition, but some test-riders were disappointed that you could not accelerate or decelerate once activated. That is user friendly for new riders but may prove annoying for many experienced riders.
Harley-Davidson® Iron 883™ vs Triumph Bonneville T120
Why compare the 2021 Harley-Davidson® Iron 883™ vs 2022 Triumph Bonneville T120 and not the Iron 1200 or the Bonneville T100? The reason is that the Iron 883™ and the Bonneville T120 provide more comparable riding experiences. Sure, the Bonneville T120 has a bigger engine, but these are jacket-and-jeans cruisers. We do not think the power difference will make much difference to the average consumer in this space. But if that power difference is important to you, then you can look at the Iron 1200 instead.
Triumph is often compared to Harley-Davidson® for what we feel are wrong reasons. It is understandable to a degree. Harley-Davidson® is an iconic American brand. Triumph is an iconic British brand. But the companies have very different approaches. With Harley-Davidson®, it is all about fusing tradition with modern technologies, and that, in a nutshell, is the fundamental difference between the Iron 883™ and 2022 Triumph Bonneville T120. The 120 looks like a classic cruiser, but it feels like a metric cruiser. The Iron 883™, on the other hand, oozes that classic appeal and still delivers on the performance end. We also think that the superior suspension on the Iron 883™ is a big advantage in its favor.
You can visit Seacoast Harley-Davidson® at your convenience to see the 2021 Harley-Davidson® Iron 883™ in person. You can also schedule a test-ride at our location serving Rochester Dover Hampton Exeter New Hampshire. Do that by phone or online through our website. If you have any questions or want additional details, call us or reach us via text or email. You can also shop with us online. Our entire inventory is listed on the website, and we offer live assistance via web chat.