Go retro-cool with the Triumph Bonneville T100
Economic Times/ Top Gear:
The Bonneville T100 is the second most affordable Triumph motorcycle that's sold in India. It looks simply stunning in the flesh. Its overall design shouts classic 60's styling - with spoke wheels, embossed Triumph tank badges, two-tone paint job, long, flat seat with whitepiping, chrome engine covers, twin chromed peashooter exhausts. But a closer inspection reveals modern engineering and great attention to detail.
The ignition switch is located on the left side of the headlight assembly like the bikes of yore. There's even a separate key to lock the handlebars on the opposite side. The hand-painted lines on the tank, the inscribed rubber on the foot-pegs, the badging on the rear of the seat and the round mirrors are classy touches to the retro-design motorcycle.
The exposed black instrument cluster atop the handlebars looks elegant, and houses a tachometer and an analogue speedo, both circular, and the speedo features a digital odometer and two trip meters. There are some warning and indication lights but no fuel-level or engine temp indicators.
The riding posture is very relaxed, with the long seat allowing both rider and pillion enough room to adjust position. This Triumph is a comfortable bike to employ on a daily basis and for long distances.
The T100 houses an air-cooled, 865cc parallel twin motor good for 67bhp and 68Nm. There's plenty of low-end grunt on tap to get past slow moving city traffic while it felt really well balanced, light and easy to manoeuvre in tight spots.The engine is mated to a slick 5-speed gearbox. The T100 feels more at home cruising at a relaxed speed in fifth gear. The disc brakes and Metzeler tyres provided great stopping confidence, even with no ABS.
The Triumph Bonneville T100, priced at Rs 7.6 lakh (on-road, Mumbai), poses a serious threat to its already established arch-rival Harley-Davidson here in India.