Review: Brixton Cromwell 1200 X (2024 Model)
Brixton, although not a household name in the motorcycle industry, is making waves in the European and Asian markets. Their audacity to create a model resembling the iconic Triumph Bonneville has certainly grabbed attention. The introduction of the Cromwell 1200 X seeks to further differentiate the brand from its British counterpart.
A casual observer might mistake the Cromwell 1200 for the classic Triumph Bonneville. However, the Cromwell 1200 X introduces some distinct changes. With its scrambler-style design, longer suspension, and burly tires, it’s apparent that Brixton is aiming for the adventurous urban rider. The small flyscreen above the headlight and the fork gaiters add to its rugged look.
Packing a 1,222cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine, the Cromwell 1200 X isn’t lacking in power. The torque-heavy nature of the engine promises a punchy ride, especially at lower revs. KYB suspension ensures a comfortable ride, and the braking system seems adequate for a bike of its stature. However, those considering serious off-roading might need to look elsewhere, as this bike seems more suited for occasional gravel roads rather than rough trails.
Value for Money:
Priced at 11,749 Euros (approx. $12,339 USD), the Cromwell 1200 X comes in as a more affordable alternative to the Triumph Bonneville T120, which retails at 14,295 Euros (approx. $15,014 USD). However, potential buyers need to weigh the brand’s reputation, build quality, and after-sales service against the price difference.
Pros of the Brixton Cromwell 1200 X:
- Affordable price
- A large engine with plenty of power and torque
- Good suspension for both on-road and light off-road riding
- Scrambler styling that is both attractive and functional
- Standard features that are typically found on more expensive motorcycles, such as ABS brakes, traction control, and a TFT display
Cons of the Brixton Cromwell 1200 X:
- Not as well-known or established as some of its competitors
- Limited dealer network
The Brixton Cromwell 1200 X offers a unique blend of style and functionality. While it may have started as a homage (or clone) to the iconic Triumph Bonneville, the Cromwell 1200 X is carving out its niche. For riders who are looking for a stylish, affordable scrambler with a hint of classic charm, the Cromwell 1200 X might just be the perfect choice. However, purists and die-hard fans of Triumph might still lean towards the original.