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While it is pricey, the Bonneville T100 has no direct competition

Verdict – The 2017 Triumph Bonneville is a very good all round motorbike for those who want to experience the feel of riding a retro classic yet not wanting to compromise on technology and quality. Compared to the previous generation model, it has really come a long way in terms of electronics and ergonomics and proves to do everything it was meant to from its modern classic theme. With a comfortable ride quality, teamed with a torquey engine, this is one of those all-round motorcycles, just how old bikes were meant to be. Old Bonnevilles didn’t just do one thing well but multiple things and the T100 is no different.

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The pseudo air vents give the T100’s engine the retro air-cooled look

What’s Cool

* Lots and lots of torque
* Comfortable riding position
* Good ride quality
* Strong brakes
* Sounds good, very good

What’s Not So Cool

* Front feels too light
* Vibrations on the handlebar post 4900 RPM
* Costs upwards of Rs. 10 lakhs, even though it’s an entry-level Triumph

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Some of the parts on our test bike are optional extras, like the backrest

2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 Specifications

* Engine: 900cc, 8-Valve, Liquid-Cooled, SOHC, Parallel-Twin
* Power: 55 PS @ 5900 RPM
* Torque: 80 Nm @ 3230 RPM
* Transmission: 5-speed
* 0-100 km/hr: 5.37 seconds
* Top Speed: 160 km/hr
* Fuel Consumption: 19-24 km/l
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Frame: Steel Twin-Tubular Cradle with Twin Sided Tubular Steel Swingarm
* Suspension: 41 mm KYB (Front), KYB Twin Shocks With Adjustable Preload (Rear), 120 mm Travel
* Tyres: 110/90/18 (Front), 150/70/17 (Rear), Pirelli SportsComp
* Brakes: 310 mm Floating Disc (Front), 255 Disc (Rear), Nissin 2-Piston Floating Caliper, ABS

2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 Dimensions

* Length x Width x Height: NA x 715 mm x 1100 mm
* Wheelbase: 1450 mm
* Ground Clearance: 160 mm (est.)
* Seat Height: 780 mm (est.)
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5-litres
* Kerb weight: 230 kgs

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You can have fun too but the T100 is for cruising and not spirited riding

Testers’ Note:

“The Triumph Bonneville T100 feels fun to ride yet gives the rider the pride of piloting a modern classic. The attention to detail on this British motorcycle deserves special applause and so does the quality, refinement, dynamics balance and torque rush. If I have to nit-pick, there are a few things which could have been better such as the tyres and gearbox (a 6th gear would have made cruising so much better). While the Bonneville T100 is a splendid machine, I will still prefer the Street Twin as I am not a big fan of chrome.” – Faisal Khan, Editor, MotorBeam.
“The Bonneville T100 feels more like the richer version of the Street Twin. With the bits of chrome spread all around, spoked wheels and a classic paint scheme, it looks a lot more attractive. On a normal run, the T100 blends really well and grabs very less attention. The refinement from the 900cc parallel-twin engine is commendable and vibes can be felt only at higher RPMs. The T100 cruises like a gem at 100 km/hr with amazing comfort from the soft seats and has that grunt ready on the twist of the throttle.” – Dhanil Vira, Road Tester, MotorBeam.