If there was ever a bike that exuded a calm and relaxed aura, the kind that reminds me of Lionel Richie’s song “Easy Like Sunday Morning,” it’s the Triumph Bonneville.
Long considered as one of Triumph’s oldest models, the Bonneville, which got its name from the Bonneville Salt Flats, first earned its keep back in 1959, lasting two generations until 1988. The model was revived by Triumph Motorcycles in 2001 as a third generation issue, and since then, the Bonneville has breezed on streets like the devil-may-care attitude it has.
The new Bonneville comes in a number of iterations, including the classic Bonneville and the the more aesthetically pleasing Bonneville T100. The latter, in fact, can be divided into two unique models: the Bonneville T100 and the Bonneville T100 Black.
Whatever trim you fancy, one thing remains clear. The Bonneville still looks about as chill as any bike in the market. It won’t wow you with its break-neck speed or all-terrain capabilities.
But if you want a bike the best exemplifies an easy-breezy attitude, it’s the Triumph Bonneville.
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If you look at the Triumph Bonneville, I swear it just might lower your blood pressure. The design of the classic bike is calm, cool, and collected, the kind that’s devoid of any aggressive edges and fancy decorations. What you see is really what you get, and that’s a beautiful thing for the Bonneville.
You’ll notice that the Bonneville lacks a front fairing. That plays into its classical look and the way the mechanical guts of the engine appears in all its chrome glory is a real treat to the eyes.
One of the most important characteristics of the Bonneville is it being supremely comfortable. A big part of that is played by the classic “banana” seat that only has a height of 30.5 inches and comes with a matching passenger grab rail.
The Bonneville also has a traditional and dominant Jet Black color finish. That said, Triumph is offering a bevy of other features for the T100 Black that are understandably black, including engine cases, wheel rims and hubs, handlebars, rear shock springs, mudguard stays, oil cooler lines, and mirrors.
|Height without mirror||1100mm|
|Wet weight||230 kg|
|Dry weight||214 kg|
The chassis of the Triumph Bonneville adds even more credence to the belief that the bike embodies everything you want in a motorcycle that provides tremendous handling characteristics. The tubular steel cradle frame may look the part of an old school, but it has enough modern technology to help provide increased stiffness when called upon.
Part of what makes the Bonneville such an easy-going ride are the black, gaitered telescopic front forks that helps stabilize the bike and traditional, black-sprung twin shocks at the back that provides new-school performance credentials and blends with the Bonneville’s iconic styling.
Complementing the bike’s suspension is the set of classic spoke wheels, dressed in black rims and hubs, and matched with front and rear disc brakes to provide the Bonneville with a progressive braking performance that suits its performance capabilities.
|Frame||Tubular steel cradle|
|Swingarm||Twin-sided, tubular steel|
|Front Wheels||36-spoke 19 x 2.5in|
|Rear Wheels||40-spoke 17 x 3.5in|
|Rear Tyres||130/80 R17|
|Front Suspension||Kayaba 41mm forks, 120mm travel|
|Rear Suspension||Kayaba chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload, 106mm rear wheel travel|
|Brakes front||Single 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper|
|Brakes rear||Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper|
|Instrument display and functions||Analogue speedometer and tachometer with odometer and trip information|
At the heart of the Triumph Bonneville is a fuel injected 865cc parallel twin engine that produces a stout 68 horsepower and 50 pound-feet of torque. The output isn’t what you can call an all-conqueror, but it does have to produce sweet music out of the peashooter exhausts. You’re not trying to break any speed records with the Bonneville, but the bike still has enough punch to make your ride as pleasurable as can be.
|Engine type||Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing interval|
|Fuel system||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI|
|Exhaust||Stainless steel headers, twin chromed silencers.|
|Final drive||X ring chain|
|Max power ec||68BHP @ 7500|
|Max torque ec||68NM @ 5800|
|Fuel Consumption urban||51mpg|
|Fuel Consumption 56mph/90kph||68mpg|
|Fuel Consumption 75mph/120kph||56mpg|
The Triumph Bonneville costs £7,399, which is about $11,120 based on current exchange rates. The bikemaker also provides customers with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty on any new Triumph and Genuine Accessories, together with a 12-month unlimited mileage warranty on replacement parts.
Likewise, the Bonneville T100 Black carries 6,000 mile (10,000km) service intervals.
“Designed to appeal to the understated rider who wants to be seen but remain apart, the T100 Black is styled to deliver the same style, performance and impeccable road manners of the T100 but with a stealthier, darker look.” ----- Total Motorcycle