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Triumph Bonneville T100 [2019-2020]

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Key specs
  • Displacement900 cc
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 8,87,467

Triumph Bonneville T100 [2019-2020] is now discontinued in India.

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Triumph Bonneville T100 [2019-2020] Summary

Bonneville T100 [2019-2020] key highlights

Engine Capacity 900 cc
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Fuel Tank Capacity 14.5 litres
Seat Height 790 mm
Max Power 54.3 bhp

About Bonneville T100 [2019-2020]

The Triumph Bonneville T100 Black is one of the company’s most affordable motorcycles. It is being positioned as an urban modern classic bike and that’s why the company has used lots of black paint scheme on it. In fact, the only chrome parts are the spoke wheels, rear suspension and FI cover.

The upright handlebar, twin-pod console and round headlamp begin the classic proceedings. The bulbous tank is well contoured and gets the signature tank pads on the sides. The parallel twin cylinder block is painted black and the crankcase cover gets a brushed metal finish.

The flat seat, twin shock absorbers, twin exhausts and spoked wheels complete the retro styling of the Bonneville T100. It gets a twin pod analogue instrument console that shows speed, revs, a digital odometer and trip meters. While it doesn’t get a fuel gauge, it does get a low-fuel indicator. It gets ABS as standard with a 310mm single disc in the front and a 255mm disc in the rear.

The 900cc twin cylinder engine develops 54bhp of power at 5900rpm and 80Nm of torque at 3230rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox and drives the rear wheel via a chain. The fuel supply is managed by an electronic fuel-injection system but the air intakes are designed to look like carburettors for the retro look.

The Bonneville T100 competes with the Ducati Scrambler among retro-styled bikes and for the price tag, it also competes with the Honda CBR 650F.
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Triumph Bonneville T100 [2019-2020] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Has a smooth parallel-twin engine
    • Quite easy to handle in city
    • Offers good low-end torque
  • Could be Better

    • Could do with a better suspension setup
    • Has slight vibrations

BikeWale's Take

The Bonneville T100 is for someone wanting to buy a proper modern-classic motorcycle. It has the old-school charm with modern day features like ABS, traction control and a ride-by-wire throttle system.

Triumph Bonneville T100 [2019-2020] Review

The girl-next-door. This is a sweet-natured, dependable and low-key motorcycle, one with whom you would want to have a deep and meaningful relationship rather than a casual fling. With the expansion of the Bonneville range, the Bonneville T100 has now become the new entry-level model in the family. It offers best of both world, the powertrain of the Street Twin with the elegance of the big daddy – the Bonneville T120. 

What is it?

The girl-next-door.This is a sweet-natured, dependable and low-key motorcycle, one with whom you would want to have a deep and meaningful relationship rather than a casual fling. With the expansion of the Bonneville range, the Bonneville T100 has now become the new entry-level model in the family. It offers best of both world, the powertrain of the Street Twin with the elegance of the big daddy – the Bonneville T120

How does it ride?

The Triumph Bonneville T100 not only looks the part, but also offers the performance to suit its laid back personality. Under the skin is the same 270-degree parallel-twin engine architecture which has breathed new life into Triumph’s modern classic range. Triumph has been thriving off parallel twin engines since 1959. While the focus might have shifted to inline triples in the past few years, the parallel twin continues to be an important powertrain for the company. 

For an everyday motorcycle, it is the torque that counts. And the Bonneville T100 delivers this in spades. The Bonneville T100 is powered by a low-revving 900cc liquid-cooled engine, delivering 54bhp and 80Nm of torque. Off the mark, the light clutch and low-end torque gives you a silky smooth start. The torque is linear and keeps building right up to the 7000rpm redline. It lacks the ferocity or the urgency that we have come to associate middleweights with. The Bonneville T100 gets the safety net of a traction control system which abruptly cut power every time I got too aggressive with the throttle. Triumph does not offer the three riding modes on the Bonneville T100, though the ride-by-wire has been retained. 

The 900cc parallel twin has to make do with a five-speed gearbox. It gets a 'slip-assist' clutch which makes for slick gear changes. I especially like the way the ratios are configured. The first ratio is tall enough to propel the Bonneville T100 till 75kmph and comes handy in city traffic. The second and third ratios are short while the fourth and fifth are again tall. The '100' in the moniker stands for the number of miles per hour the bike is capable of, and the Bonneville T100 can manage this without breaking a sweat. 

The suspension has been set up for a soft ride, and the Bonneville T100 irons out all kinds of bumps and potholes. However, this has affected the handling of the motorcycle. Mid-corner bumps cause the motorcycle to wallow which can be quite unnerving for the rider. Even with the steering inputs, you need to be gentle and progressive, as the Bonneville T100 doesn't appreciate being muscled around. The brake setup consists of floating Nissin callipers gripping a 310mm front disc and a 255mm rear disc. The brakes do not have strong initial bite, but the progression and feel compensate for its shortcoming. Also, knowing that ABS has your back gives you an extra bit of confidence.

Once you go past 3000rpm, the footpegs, handlebar and the tank develop a buzz, which refuses to subside till you hit the limiter. My other complaint was with the light throttle. Yes, it makes things easier for highway cruising. But couple this with the jerky on/off transitions, and riding through stop-and-go traffic can become cumbersome. Also, the engine tends to heat up a lot in slow-moving traffic and the radiator fan blows the hot air directly on to your legs – something that wasn’t a problem with the previous-generation air-cooled motor.

Anything else I should know?

The Bonneville T100 uses the retro recipe of a round headlamp, indicators, mirrors and gauges which hark back to the original Bonneville from the early 1960s. The rear section gets a clean and minimalistic look, with the LED tail lamp assembly providing the sole bling factor. The low seat height and generous cushioning of the optional seat on our test motorcycle make it a very comfortable motorcycle to ride, and the neutral and upright ergonomics further help its cause.

 

On the face of it the Bonneville T100 seems like a fantastic deal. It even managed to return 26kmpl on highway runs, which makes it easy on the pocket. But here is the catch, and this is a big one. The whole appeal for a bike like Bonneville is personalisation. The problem starts when you leaf through the accessory catalogue and feel like a kid in a candy store. And these parts don't come cheap. A pillion back rest can set you back by Rs 18,000, the ribbed seat by Rs 28,000 and those pretty LED indicators – Rs 13,000. With more than 130 accessories on offer, sky is the limit and you might end up burning a pretty big hole through your pocket. 

Why should I buy one?

It is difficult not to be smitten by the girl-next-door. The Bonneville is all about accessibility and the engine behaviour reflects this. The Bonneville T100 is the ideal upgrade for someone wanting to step into the big bike territory or for someone looking for an understated motorcycle that does not scream for attention. Of course the Bonneville T100 has its own set of drawbacks, but then it is a small price to pay.

Where does it fit in?

For a buyer willing to shell out Rs 10.85 lakh (on-road, Mumbai), there are quite a few options from different segments. If you want something exotic, then the Ducati Scrambler Classic ticks all the right boxes. If road presence is important, then there is the Kawasaki Z800. The Harley-Davidson Iron 883 is the perfect example of an attention magnet. And if performance is what you are looking for, then upcoming Triumph Street Triple S might just be worth the wait. However, none of these can match the charm of a Bonneville T100. So if practicality and old-school charm are what you are looking for, then the Bonneville T100 would be the perfect big bike for you. 

 

Photography by Kapil Angane

Gear Check

1. Icon Airmada helmet – 

Comfortable, aerodynamic, lightweight and a well-ventilated helmet with a wide peripheral vision. Oval headform fit might not suit everyone though. Price - Rs 15,000.

2. Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3.0 jacket – 

An extremely versatile all-weather jacket. In this guise, it is being used as a ventilated mesh jacket, though it ships with two more liners - waterproof and thermal. Price – Rs 20,000.

3. Ixon Moto HP gloves – 

High quality full gauntlet leather gloves suited for city riding, touring and track use. Offers good ventilation and a high level of protection. Expensive though. Price - Rs 9,500

4. AGV Sport Airtex pants – 

Riding pants with mesh in the crotch, calf, back of legs and thigh areas which is a real boon in our hot weather. Price -Rs 6,500.

5. Sidi B2 boots – 

All-round street and sportbike riding shoes also suitable for track days. Not ventilated, which can make it uncomfortable for everyday use. Price - Rs 17,000

Photography by Kapil Angane

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 54.3 bhp @ 5,900 rpm

    Max Torque 80 Nm @ 3,200 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-VI

    Displacement 900 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 84.6 mm

    Stroke 80 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 10.55:1

    Ignition Digital CDI

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 14.5 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 310 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 150/70-R17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 255 mm

    Calliper Type Front- 2 Piston, Rear-2 Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Wheel Size 18 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 100/90-18

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension KYB 41 mm forks, 120 mm travel

    Rear Suspension KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight --

    Overall Length --

    Overall Width 715 mm

    Wheelbase 1,450 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 790 mm

    Overall Height 1,100 mm

    Chassis Type Tubular steel twin cradle

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    Standard Warranty (Year) --

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port Yes

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) No

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockNo

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Triumph Bonneville T100 [2019-2020] User Reviews

4 6 ratings 3 reviews
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    Visual Appeal

  • 4

    Reliability

  • 4

    Performance

  • 3

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  •  5For the gentlemen among kids & men 3 years ago by Koustav Mondal, Bangalore

    First of all, amazing buying experience from triumph showroom in pune. I was never interested in h-d because damn their machines are bad. When i looked all around for reviews, for a stable machine that doesn't break down, has intermittent issues - triumph is the one tha

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    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      25 kmpl

  •  3Average bike 3 years ago by Chirag Narang, New Delhi

    The bike is good but not worth its price. There are many other options in this price range. I have this bike and i am pretty disappointed by its performance. Looks could have been better. Exhaust is the worst thing ever. Modified exhaust system is a must. Overall the bi

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      Occasional Commute

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      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      30 kmpl

  •  4Awesome machine 4 years ago by Bijay, Angamaly

    Awesome customer service..My dream bike i waited fr so long.Powerful performance and you cant take your eyes off from this bike.I preferred the lava red and all i can see is all eyes glued on my bike.Being this an expensive bike i have To wait too long to make it mine.

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