2017 triumph bonneville t100 black review

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The new-for-2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 Blaông chồng is a “mini me” of the T1trăng tròn, with similar styling but a smaller, 900cc engine. (Photos by James Martinec, the author và courtesy Triumph)

Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards. Cool, cooler, badass, rebel, rock ‘n’ roller. And they all rode Triumph Bonnevilles.

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Whether these icons boosted the Bonneville’s street cred or the Bonneville—a British hot rod introduced in 1959 & named in honor of Johnny Allen’s 214-mph l& speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in the Triumph-powered, methanol-fueled Texas Ceegar streamliner—boosted theirs is hard lớn say. For average souls lượt thích you and me, it’s almost certainly the latter.

After five years of painstaking development—said khổng lồ be the largest engineering project in the company’s Hinckley-era history—Triumph launched an all-new Bonneville platsize for năm nhâm thìn, a family of five models powered by three variations of the venerable parallel twin, all of which are now Euro 4-compliant, liquid-cooled & bristling with modern công nghệ on the inside while maintaining a vintage look on the outside. They also cốt truyện a 270-degree crank that produces a strong power pulse feel & a hot rod sound.


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The standard Bonneville T100 (left) comes in a pair of two-tone options or Jet Black; the T100 Blaông chồng (right) comes in Jet Blaông xã or Matt Blaông xã.

The Street Twin is the entry-level Mã Sản Phẩm, a modern interpretation of the Bonneville powered by a 900cc “high torque” parallel twin. The Bonneville café racers, the Thruxton and Thruxton R, share a 1,200cc “high power” version of the parallel twin, while the classic models, the Bonneville T120 and T1trăng tròn Blaông chồng, get the same 1,200cc mill but with a “high torque” tune.

Read our 2016 Triumph Street Twin review


All five Bonneville models have sầu impressive styling, performance, giải pháp công nghệ and fit/finish, but the two that most faithfully channel the spirit of the original Bonneville are the T120 & T120 Black. More so than any of the Hinckley-era Bonnevilles produced since the model was reintroduced for 2001, the năm 2016 Bonneville T1trăng tròn honors the past with more classic lines, shapes & details as well as performance befitting its land-tốc độ record heritage. Which is why we picked the Bonneville T120/Blaông chồng as Rider’s năm nhâm thìn Motorcycle of the Year.

Read about 2016 contenders and Rider‘s Motorcycle of the Year


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Compared to lớn the Bonneville T120, the T100 costs less, weighs less and makes less power/torque.

Given Triumph’s major investment of time and money in the new Bonneville platform (not to lớn mention booming Bonnie sales—up 68 percent, says Triumph), it’s no surprise that 2017 will bring more offspring khổng lồ the family, with the 900cc Street Cup café racer, 1,200cc Bonneville Bobber & 900cc Bonneville T100 và T100 Blaông chồng coming soon to lớn a dealership near you.

See & read about the 2017 Triumph Street Cup

See và read about the 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

During Triumph’s annual dealer meeting, held recently in downtown Los Angeles, I had a chance lớn take a short kiểm tra ride on the new Bonneville T100, a more affordable và accessible version of the T1đôi mươi. It costs about $1,200 less, weighs about 24 pounds less (470 pounds dry, claimed) và makes less horsepower and torque. Since the T100 and T1đôi mươi have the same engine cases and chassis, most of the weight savings is due to the deletion of certain features found on the T1đôi mươi, such as the centerstvà, the passenger grab rail và the second front brake disc & caliper. Foregoing these items, as well as the T120’s heated grips and riding modes, helped keep the price down.

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With its blacked-out styling, Triumph says the T100 Black will appeal more lớn urban riders. It fit right in with L.A.’s gritty scenery.

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Throwing a leg over the bone-stock T100 Blaông xã, which has a blacked-out drivetrain, exhaust và other bits to lớn distinguish it from the chromed and polished standard T100, it felt a lot lượt thích the T1trăng tròn demo xe đạp we had a few months ago. (From a distance, seat color is the easiest way khổng lồ tell the T1trăng tròn Blaông xã, which has a brown seat, apart from the T100 Blachồng, which has a blachồng seat.) The bench saddle is wide, flat & reasonably plush, và its low, 31.1-inch height makes it easy to plant both feet securely on the ground at stops.

Triumph has a knaông xã for building user-friendly bikes—they’re easy to lớn ride, offer nimble, reassuring handling and deliver power in a predictable manner but are never boring. The Bonneville T100 is docile without being dull, a bike that’s ikhuyến mãi for newer/younger/smaller riders but will keep gray-haired veterans entertained until the cows come trang chủ. Even though my thử nghiệm ride was barely 40 miles, I explored some of the most challenging, traffic-choked streets in and around downtown L.A. with childlike ease. Pulling away from stops & changing gears were effortless thanks khổng lồ the feather-light torque-assist clutch, and the narrow handlebar, neutral riding position và compact chassis geometry bestow the T100 with light, intuitive sầu handling.

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To keep costs down, the T100 foregoes the riding modes, heated grips, centerst&, passenger grab rail và second front disc brake found on the T1trăng tròn.

My mặc định desire is for more power and torque rather than less, but, if I’m honest, the T100’s 55 horsepower & 59 lb-ft of torque (down from 80 horsepower và 77.4 lb-ft of torque on the T120) are plenty. With its “high torque” tune, the T100 has a broad spread of grunt down low (torque peaks at 3,230 rpm), always at the ready for squirting through traffic or darting out of corners. There’s no vagueness or snatchiness from the throttle-by-wire, just smooth, linear feel, and the twin peashooters emit a pleasing bark.

A classic tubular-steel, double-cradle frame and steel swingarm hold the T100 together, & it’s suspended on a 41mm non-adjustable fork & twin preload-adjustable shocks, both by KYB & allowing 4.7 inches of travel. Though a tad soft for my 200 pounds of ballast, the suspension delivers a comfortable, responsive sầu ride. Single front & rear discs squeezed by Nissin 2-piston floating calipers provide decent stopping power, backed up by standard ABS & switchable traction control. The T100 rolls on spoked wheels (18-inch front, 17-inch rear) with Pirelli Phantom Sportcomp tube-type tires that add lớn the classic look but provide modern levels of grip và have sầu a nice, round protệp tin.

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Similar to lớn its Street Twin stablemate, the Bonneville T100 is one of Triumph’s most user-friendly bikes. Light, nimble and effortless to lớn ride.

The T100’s retro styling includes fork gaiters, steel fenders và dual analog gauges with chrome bezels & white-on-blaông xã faces. They have inmix digital displays with readouts for gear position, odometer, dual tripmeters, service indicator, range-to-empty, average/current fuel consumption, fuel cấp độ, cloông chồng and traction control. Under the seat is a USB socket for charging your smartphone or other devices, but there’s very little storage space under there so you’ll need a long cord and a handlebar mount lớn charge while on-the-go. And more than 150 accessories are available for the T100, including cruise control, heated grips, luggage and stylish bolt-ons.

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The T100 Blachồng is one of nine models in Triumph’s all-new Bonneville family.

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Even though my ride was short, I didn’t want it khổng lồ kết thúc. Without excessive power, weight or kích cỡ, riding around L.A.’s confusing maze of ramps, bridges, tunnels, railroad crossings, one-way roads và steep hills on the T100 was playful rather than stressful. I ran several laps around the narrow, twisty roads of Elysian Park, enjoying sweeping views of the downtown skyline. While sitting at an outside table munching on fish tacos at my favorite taqueria in the trendy neighborhood of Silver Lake, I watched hipsters strut past the T100 parked near the sidewalk. Some stopped to admire the all-blaông xã, old-school-is-cool Bonneville, oblivious lớn the fact that it was brvà new. Curb appeal isn’t always high on my list of priorities, but when it’s wrapped around such a fun machine, I’m all for it. Steve sầu McQueen would be proud.