We all love the very beautiful Triumph Bonneville, don’t we! Over the last many decades, the Triumph Bonneville has been able to make the motorcyclists feel the unadulterated essence of motorcycling with its simplistic design and smooth power delivery, making the rider fall in love with the Bonneville each and every time he sits on the saddle of it.
But with the changing times, it is necessary to move with those changes and be up to date with the latest trends. Triumph too feels the same, and in an intention of making the classic roadster even more desirable, it has worked on the Bonneville platform to make it slightly more contemporary and more powerful. Few months back, Triumph upped the game by replacing the erstwhile existing Bonneville T100 with the more powerful and bigger Bonneville T120. But owing to the demand, Triumph has brought back the Bonneville T100 with some noticeable and comprehensive changes. Here’s our latest version of the all new Bonneville T100.
It’s hard to find any fault in the design of the Bonneville T100, for the motorcycle retains the beautiful Bonneville in every possible way. The no-nonsense and fuss-free design is unmistakably Triumph, with the overall profile staying classy in every possible way. The overall design of the motorcycle is exactly the same as that of the new Bonneville T120, save for the fact that it is slightly smaller and misses out on a few equipment as compared to the latter
On the front, the Bonneville T100 comes with the same round headlamp of the Bonneville T120, and in a traditional way, it comes with chrome surround to accentuate the retro stance. It misses out on the two clamps in either sides of the headlamp of the smaller Street Twin, but instead, it comes with a different black clamp. The front fender is painted in body color, unlike the chromed one of the previous model.
Moving to the sides, the Bonneville essence is carried out in the entire side profile, including the fuel tank as well as side body cowls. Shared with the Bonneville T120, these body panels are the same as before, with no changes to their design – the fuel tank comes with the same chrome badging and black tank pads. We would have loved to see more characteristic changes on the new Bonneville T100 over the previous generation model, something which the company did for the Street Twin. The engine and spoke wheels come finished in chrome. The dual exhaust pipes, one on the either sides, have been lifted off from the erstwhile model. To make it feel more retro, the motorcycle continues to run on spoke wheels
Moving towards the rear, the Bonneville T100 comes with an all new LED tail light, which comes with a distinctive lighting pattern. The tail lamp is mounted on a slightly high mounted rear fender, which too like the front fender, is finished in body color. It misses out on the dedicated number plate bulb like that on the Street Twin. On the front of equipment, the Bonneville T100 comes fitted with ABS, traction control, ride by wire technology, engine immobilizer and USB power socket, but misses out on riding modes, LED DRL headlight, heated grips, center stand and tubular pillion grab rail, which the Bonneville T120 comes fitted with as standard equipment.
The instrument console is an all new multi-functional part-digital unit, which has been lifted off from the Bonneville T120 and shows readouts for speedometer, odometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication, service indicator, clock, 2x trip, average & current fuel consumption display, traction control status display. The round rear view mirrors are all new, whereas the handlebar and switchgear have been changed a bit. The overall look, feel and design of the new Bonneville T100 is very much likeable, though we would have liked to see more number of design changes as compared to the previous model on which it is based.
Though Triumph hasn’t carried out much change to the design of the motorcycle, but under the skin, it is definitely a very different motorcycle. As opposed to the 865cc engine of the erstwhile Bonneville, Triumph has developed an all new 900cc engine for the Bonneville T100, which we have already seen on the Street Twin. The motorcycle comes with an all new liquid cooled, parallel twin, 8-valve, 900cc engine, the peak power output of which is rated at 55 PS, while the maximum torque of the motorcycle stands at 80 Nm.
This makes the new Bonneville T100 not only peppier in feel than the previous Bonneville T100, but also makes it stress free to ride in lower gears, as it now comes with an even healthier bottom end grunt and stronger mid range. The engine is mated to the same 5-speed gearbox as that of the previous model.
RIDE AND HANDLING
Apart from the engine and gearbox, the Bonneville T100 shares a lot of the mechanical underpinnings with the new Street Twin. The suspension combination of 41mm telescopic hydraulic forks at front and fully adjustable twin hydraulic coil springs at rear have been sourced from Kayaba and are the same units as that on the Street Twin. The ergonomics have been tweaked out a bit to make the new Bonneville T100 a more enjoyable to ride machine than the previous version.
The Bonneville T100 comes with a single 310mm disc at the front and a single 255mm disc at the rear. The braking setup, though, are further assisted with ABS and traction control as standard, something which the previous Bonneville missed out on.
Following the good response which the Bonneville T120 has already received, the Street Twin-based new Bonneville T100 was recently launched at Rs. 7.70 lakh, which is quite a spectacular value for money proposition for a 900cc roadster, making it a whole lakh rupees cheaper than the Bonneville T120. The motorcycle has been launched in three different colors – Jet Black, Fusion White with Aegean Blue and New England White with Intense Orange.
As with the previous Bonneville, the Bonneville T100 will face the majority of the heat from the all new Ducati Scrambler, which somehow share the same amount of importance and heritage as Triumph’s retro roadster. Like the Bonneville T100, the Scrambler too has a perfect amalgamation of modern design and retro theme, thus making them apt combination.
Against the 900cc parallel twin of the Street Twin, the Ducati Scrambler comes with a liquid cooled, L-twin, 803cc engine, the power rating of which stands at 76 PS, but the peak torque is comparatively low at 68 Nm, almost 12 Nm less than the Bonneville T100. These figures indicate that both these motorcycles are very different in feel, which actually is the fact. The overall dynamics and ride quality of both these motorcycles are almost the same, but in addition, the Ducati Scrambler is a bit of off-road ready machine as well.
The Bonneville nameplate has always remained as one remarkable fame-builder for Triumph, and in its latest iteration, the new Bonneville T100, it has only strengthened its appeal. Donning the engine of the Street Twin, it has brought back the charm of the previous Bonneville T100, which did existed in the bigger Bonneville T120, but was out of reach for most of the enthusiasts due to its higher price point. The motorcycle has the same classic feel as that of the previous generation models of the same, though we would have liked to see a couple of more improvements in the overall design as well as levels of equipment on offer. The additional torque than before surely makes the Bonneville T100 a more enjoyable and fun to ride machine than the erstwhile classic Bonnevilles while keeping the originality of its design intact, and for these very particular reasons, we give a big thumbs-up to Triumph.