Triumph Bonneville T100 Review
Bike Tested: Triumph Bonneville T100; Road Test No. 825
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 10,32,138/-
The T100 brings retro styling and modern technology together in a brilliant package
As we leap into 2017, a lot of new genre of bikes are gaining popularity. Amongst those genres is this, the modern classic that Triumph always supported with their Bonneville range of motorcycles that date all the way back to 1959. For the year 2017, Triumph has brought its whole range to India (except for the standard Thruxton). The Bonneville range starts off with the simple but modern retro classic Street Twin and goes up all the way to the Thruxton R, between this lies the T100 which is trying to achieve a balance between both sides of the spectrum. The Triumph Bonneville T100 is Rs. 78,000/- more expensive than the Street Twin and about Rs. 3 lakhs less expensive than the top of the range Thruxton R. What does it bring for that extra asking price over the Street Twin?
Motor Quest: The Bonneville gets its name from the year 1956 when a Triumph engined Texas Ceegar streamliner set the new land speed record of 311 km/hr on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States.
Styling – The Triumph Bonneville T100 isn’t one of those bikes that is trying too hard. The whole design theme is a pure classic with the dual-tone colour, single circular headlamp, sculpted tank and the engine looking like it is air-cooled (even though it’s liquid cooled). The T100 takes most of its design from the T120. The motorcycle has a lot of chrome engine details and two full chrome exhausts along with a few subtle bits and pieces like the Triumph logo in the headlamp, bullet styled LED indicators (optional) and tail-lamp. The seats are large and thick adding to that retro look. The T100 comes with wire 32-spoke wheels (18″ in the front and 17″ in the rear).
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – The twin analogue gauges are finished in polished chrome bezels and have a white backlight to them, each having their own digital screen giving you information about real-time mileage, distance to empty and two trip metres. The bike also gets a USB charging point under the seat. The buttons are of good quality and feel solid to use. In terms of electronics, this motorcycle is pretty up-to-date. It comes with traction control, ABS, engine immobiliser and the tell-tale lights for the same are placed neatly in the cluster.