By Bikers For Bikers
Video-In this video, we give you a detailed look and overview of a 2015 Triumph Bonneville T100 motorcycle. This bike actually belongs to Rick “Big Daddy” Kane here at Law Abiding Biker™ Podcast & Media. He recently purchased it as a fun little secondary bike for short rides & for it's vintage look and history. He rides a Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited for his touring motorcycle. Because this is now last years model you can pick this Triumph up from a dealership for about $7,500.
The Bonneville looks vintage of course but has up-to-date technologies. It has two-pot calipers squeeze single-disc brakes with the help of braided-steel lines. It has modern double throttle bodies for the electronic fuel injection that are made to look like carburetors for that vintage look.
The T100 has spoke wheels both front and rear, two-tone paint, fork gaiters, & peashooter pipes. It's equipped with KYB adjustable shocks.
The T100 has an 865cc air-cooled parallel twin fuel-injected motor and delivers 59 hp.
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This would bike would be a great motorcycle for a beginner or entry level rider and it has a pretty good price point. Or in this case, a great fun secondary bike to ride due to the eye-catching vintage style. It is a fun little bike and Big Daddy enjoys short rides or around town on it. It's definitely not suited for long rides. The bike could handle it, but you likely couldn't.
During my test ride, I did some threshold emergency braking tests. This bike does not have ABS & has a very light rear end. The rear tire locks up during emergency braking with very little pressure applied to the foot pedal. Beware of emergency braking on this bike as it is even hard to get the rear tire not to lock up. ABS would certainly be a worthy addition to the T100. The front brake performed fairly well & will need to be heavily relied upon.
It's a pretty simple little bike and pretty peppy. The throttle is very responsive. It corners as expected for a bike in this category. It was fun to hit the corners on a country road & it was stable. I took it to higher speeds and found no wobble or unsteadiness.
I did find much vibration transferred into the handgrips during my ride & it quickly came to my attention. I will disclose that we had aftermarket grips and bars on this bike during my test ride, so take that into account. Big Daddy said that the vibration was less with stock bars and grips, but still a fair amount of vibration can be felt while riding, especially at higher RPM's.
For more information and to get my entire review & ride you'll need to watch the video and ride along with me! Saddle up already!!
|ENGINE||865cc, air-cooled parallel-twin|
|MEASURED HORSEPOWER||59.1 hp @ 8000 rpm|
|MEASURED TORQUE||47.3 lb-ft @ 5800 rpm|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||KYB 41mm fork; 4.7-in. travel|
|REAR SUSPENSION||KYB shocks adjustable for spring preload; 4.2-in. travel|
|FRONT BRAKE||Nissin two-piston caliper, 310mm disc|
|REAR BRAKE||Nissin two-piston caliper, 255mm disc|
|SEAT HEIGHT||30.5 in.|
|FUEL CAPACITY||4.2 gal.|
|MEASURED WEIGHT||518 lb. wet|