MD First Ride: 2007 Triumph Bonneville T100

The Bonneville Black and the Bonneville T100 are the first 2007 models Triumph has released. Full Story
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Ridge

San Francisco, CA

#1 Sep 11, 2006
I have the black and red 2006 T-100 and it is the best bike I have ever owned because it allows me to have fun without risking my life. It is a very satisfying bike to ride at normal speeds and it is very dependable when you want to ride medium fast. For some reason many bikes I have owned did not feel like I really went for a ride unless I really wrung them out. I feel great even after a slow ride on the Bonnie.
sideshow

Laval, Canada

#2 Sep 16, 2006
Welcome to the life of a cruiser.
Retired Tom in San Diego

Honolulu, HI

#3 Sep 23, 2006
I can say the same thing as Ridge from Berkeley, you don't to do any thing wild to enjoy the Bonnie,
just cruise...... I have the tangeine and white model and I'm continually getting "thumbs up" and positive comments from riders fo all types of motorcycles as well as auto drivers. I never knew people paid that much attention to motorcycles.....
Ridge

San Francisco, CA

#4 Sep 23, 2006
Retired Tom in San Diego wrote:
I can say the same thing as Ridge from Berkeley, you don't to do any thing wild to enjoy the Bonnie,
just cruise...... I have the tangeine and white model and I'm continually getting "thumbs up" and positive comments from riders fo all types of motorcycles as well as auto drivers. I never knew people paid that much attention to motorcycles.....
Sometimes it is difficult to get out of the gas station because several people want to ask about the bike. It is still fun and I feel like an ambassador for Triumph but sometimes you just want to get out and ride. I am goint to get in a nice ride up the coast or up Mt. Diablo tomorrow after I finish half of the honeydew list.

I am convinced the the theory of half life applies to the honeydew list as well as radioactive materials. I can finish half of any list she gives me no matter how long or complicated, and then half of whats left and......
John

UK

#5 Sep 24, 2006
I totally agree, I've just bought a '06 T100, its so relaxing to ride, unlike my Suzuki 600 Bandit which always seems so stressed out!! The T100 takes me back to the style & ride of my much loved T150V.
Ridge wrote:
I have the black and red 2006 T-100 and it is the best bike I have ever owned because it allows me to have fun without risking my life. It is a very satisfying bike to ride at normal speeds and it is very dependable when you want to ride medium fast. For some reason many bikes I have owned did not feel like I really went for a ride unless I really wrung them out. I feel great even after a slow ride on the Bonnie.
Frank UK

UK

#6 Sep 26, 2006
Hi, I ride a Triumph America which went in for a service last week. I was given a Bonnie as a courtesy bike & Wow! what a bike. It's so easy to ride and handles like its on rails. It took me back to the 70's when I had a T140.
Test drive one and be amazed
Xavier from Spain

Barcelona, Spain

#7 Oct 10, 2006
Thanks for your comments regarding Bonneville T100. I just want to ask something to you all. I am going to buy a Bonneville in a few months and I have my doubts between the Black Bonny and the T100. Is there much difference? and what about the comparison with Sportsters? Cheers and congratulations for your bikes
Ridge

San Francisco, CA

#8 Oct 10, 2006
Xavier from Spain wrote:
Thanks for your comments regarding Bonneville T100. I just want to ask something to you all. I am going to buy a Bonneville in a few months and I have my doubts between the Black Bonny and the T100. Is there much difference? and what about the comparison with Sportsters? Cheers and congratulations for your bikes
I believe the Bonnie is lighter than the Sportster and it feels a little bigger to me. I am not small and I found the Bonnie more comfortable and easier to throw around in the corners.

I liked the t-100 due to the red and black paint, the adjustable clutch, the extra Horsepower and the fact that it looks more like the original than the black bike. The black bike has a good look and is more affordable so it is a tough decision.
TonyP

Decatur, GA

#9 Oct 12, 2006
I haven't ridden in over 12 years. I want a bike that will not intimidate and be fun as well. I see a 2007 black Bonnie with the new 865 cc engine in my future.
Ridge

San Francisco, CA

#10 Oct 12, 2006
TonyP wrote:
I haven't ridden in over 12 years. I want a bike that will not intimidate and be fun as well. I see a 2007 black Bonnie with the new 865 cc engine in my future.
I rode for years and then did not have a bike for awhile and took a motorcycle safety class as a brush up a few years ago and it was the best thing I ever did plus my insurance company gave me a discount that was larger than the cost of the class. I met some great people as well.

The bonnie is a very civilised and forgiving bike that is satisfying for riders of any skill level to ride.
Bike-N-Mike

Evansville, IN

#11 Oct 13, 2006
I've owned a Bonneville since buying one new in 2002. At the time I also owned a 99 Ducati 900SS. The Bonneville proved to be such a satisfying bike to ride that the Ducati largely stayed at home in the garage until I eventually sold it.
One thing that many Bonneville owners have found is that there's quite a bit of torque and horsepower on tap which is being restricted by the EPA mandated intake and exhaust. Fitting K&N air filters, some free flowing aftermarket exhausts (I like the D&D offering) and upping the main carb jets will result in a VERY obvious increase in power. I've also fitted mine with Bitubo shock absorbers and increased the rear tire profile from 140 to 150. In short, the character of a Bonneville is definitely present on these new Hinckley models, but you have to let it out!
These are just outstanding motorcycles. Mine is at home loping around town at 30 mph and on the Interstate cruising briskley at 85 mph. At one point, I put 800 miles on it in two days with no ill effects to my 50 year old body.
I'll put it this way. I've owned many motorcycles over the past 25 years. Most have been traded in after no more than 3 years. I've had the Bonneville for almost 5 now and I have no plan to look for another bike.
It's just too proper,..... too perfect.
Want-a-Bonnie

Columbus, OH

#12 Oct 17, 2006
I'm just about sold. Do they still hold up well, and what kind of MPG do you get?
Ridge

San Francisco, CA

#13 Oct 17, 2006
Want-a-Bonnie wrote:
I'm just about sold. Do they still hold up well, and what kind of MPG do you get?
I believe that Triumph has one of the very lowest warrantee claim rates of any manufacturer. i have had no trouble but I only have 3K on the bike so far.

Mu initial mileage sucked until it broke in and now I am getting much better mileage, I would guess over 40 mpg. The bike is supposed to get 50 after it is broken in but I am not there yet although I do tend to ride on very curvey roads and I don't spend much time on the freeway.
Sid

Australia

#14 Oct 19, 2006
Guys, i look forward to owning a 2007 bonny and joinging the club!
John - Widnes - UK

Coventry, UK

#15 Oct 19, 2006
Sid wrote:
Guys, i look forward to owning a 2007 bonny and joinging the club!
You'll enjoy it! over there in Oz, you don't get any bad weather do you!
I keep checking the forecasts over here in "Blighty" waiting for the sun to pop out so I can get out again!
I'm going over to Tasmania in December to see family and apparently there is a triumph dealer there I'll have to see if they hire out the Bonnie,'cos otherwise I'm going to get pretty bad withdrawal symptoms we're over there for 3 weeks!
Ado- South Florida

Boynton Beach, FL

#16 Oct 19, 2006
I have a 2005 Bonneville Black. It is just a'Perfect' Motorcycle. comfortable,Brilliant handling, It's not quick like a rice burner , It's just laid back,Perfect ! I added the Triumph tachometer and off road pipes @ 1k miles and now it is even better & does some very authentic pops n' backfires..best toy I ever had..
Ridge

San Francisco, CA

#17 Oct 19, 2006
Ado- South Florida wrote:
I have a 2005 Bonneville Black. It is just a'Perfect' Motorcycle. comfortable,Brilliant handling, It's not quick like a rice burner , It's just laid back,Perfect ! I added the Triumph tachometer and off road pipes @ 1k miles and now it is even better & does some very authentic pops n' backfires..best toy I ever had..
If you are popping and backfiring you may need to re-jet because of the freer flowing new pipes (more airflow needs more gas). If you have new pipes and and have added a freer flowing air filter or removed the snorkel you will have to re-jet. There is a ton of info about this on several rat sites like triumphrat.net and many other sites. You can gain a good amount of power from the bonnie with just a few modifications. I'm heading out for a ride through the twisties before it gets dark.
Thomas - London

UK

#18 Oct 22, 2006
Not being a 'true' biker, I've been riding my Piaggio ET4 scooter daily through the london traffic for the last 6 years and have loved the retro style riding experience! Having got my full licence last year I am now looking to move up into the big bike league which still lets me do my daily commute to work, but also would give me the added benefit of the odd 200 mile weekend round trip to the coast, the problem being finding something that provides a decent & comfortable upright riding position without pushing weight on the wrists. After much umming & ahhing I must admit that my heart is sold on a Bonneville T100! The only problem being can I wait until after Christmas is over before getting my present!!
Ron- Detroit Michigan

Madison Heights, MI

#19 Oct 22, 2006
I was first impressed after seeing a silver Bonneville in a movie recently and quickly had to check out the Triumph website. A few days later a visit to the local Triumph dealer. To my surprise, the Bonneville looked even cooler in person! I plan on buying a 2007 next spring and can't wait.
Thomas - London

Cheadle, UK

#20 Oct 24, 2006
One thing I did hear about from somewhere, was an issue that had arisen over some wheel spokes breaking? Has anyone else come accross this as a problem with their Bonneville?

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