After an impressive year with the modernization of the Bonneville platform’s engine, Triumph has expanded the offerings of its 900cc High Torque powerplant with the new Bonneville T100 and Street Cup models.
For riders who wanted to own a Bonneville but didn’t necessarily desire a 1200cc motorcycle, Triumph has stepped in with the Bonneville T100 and T100 Black. Utilizing the same 900cc High Torque engine of the Street Twin, the T100 brings the iconic line to this lower displacement level, though it’s still higher than the previous generation Bonnie.
Looking as authentic as the 1950 Bonneville that inspired the T100’s design, any rider – possibly non-riders, too – will know the T100 is a Bonneville from across the parking lot. While the silhouette is all classic lines, an up-close inspection reveals a thoroughly modern motorcycle. The High Torque’s liquid-cooled, eight-valve, parallel-Twin is tuned to produce a torque peak of 59 lb-ft at 3,200 rpm. The ride-by-wire fuel metering is delivered by injectors housed in a single throttle body hidden behind period-correct heat shields. The modern electronics mean switchable traction control and ABS are standard offerings.
The rest of the T100 and T100 Black is pure, unadulterated Bonneville. From the chrome to the brushed aluminum finishes applied throughout the bike to the bolt-on Triumph badges, Triumph’s attention to detail shines through. The classic lines are maintained by seat and the (mostly) hidden radiator. The T100 Black replaces much of the chrome with blacked out items, specifically the rims, the engine covers, and the twin peashooter exhaust system for a slightly more subtle look.
For riders who like a little color with their Bonnies, three “classically inspired” color schemes are offered: Aegean Blue and Fusion White, Intense Orange and New England White, and Jet Black. The T100 Black offerings are: Jet Black and Matte Black.
The Triumph Street Twin was introduced earlier this year as part of the massive update of the Bonneville line. Now, for 2017 Triumph is adding to the Street Twin offerings with the all-new Street Cup.
Building on the Street Twin’s version of the Bonneville’s classic silhouette, the Street Cup wears urban, café racer styling touches. The rider’s perch features a removable seat cowl for a versatile solo look that can also allow a pillion to go along for the ride. The seat offers distinctive silver stitching while the cowl gets a silver number plate and color-matched paint. The fly screen adds to the racy looks, while bar end mirrors match the dropped Ace handlebar. The two-toned paint schemes feature hand-laid coach-lines for an authentic look.
The Street Cup’s color choices are: Racing Yellow and Silver Ice with Jet Black hand-applied coach lining and Racing Yellow wheel pin-striping or Jet Black and Silver Ice with Goldhand-applied coach lining and Gold wheel pin-striping.
The riding position looks to be sporty while maintaining a real-world functionality that will be useful in the urban environment for which it was designed. The seat height should remain the same 29.5 inches of the Street Twin, making for confident contact with the ground for riders of all sizes. All riders will appreciate the included ABS.
The 900cc High Torque engine remains mechanically the same as the 2016 model, delivering a pleasant exhaust note from its 270° crankshaft. However, the exhaust system utilizes shorter, upswept satin black paint and stainless steel to-into-two mufflers – again for a sportier styling – that are claimed to deliver a beefier exhaust note. The engine’s electronics package includes ride-by-wire and switchable traction control. The torque-assist clutch, as we found in our tests this year, makes modulating the power delivery from a stop super simple for newbie and experienced riders, alike.