Tri­umph T100 Bon­neville

54bhp | 213kg | Seat height 790mm

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New ‘baby’ Bon­neville Trac­tion con­trol & ABS 59ftlb torque at 3200rpm

A no­table omis­sion from the 2016 range of ex­it­ing new modern clas­sics, this year sees the ar­rival of the T100 Bon­neville – a more di­rect re­place­ment for the old air- cooled 865. In­spired by the leg­endary ’59 Bon­neville and styled to in­cor­po­rate more of the iconic de­sign, sil­hou­ette and char­ac­ter of the orig­i­nal, the new Bonnie re­ally does tick all the boxes.

The level of fit, fin­ish and pack­ag­ing fi­nesse that Tri­umph have achieved is truly im­pres­sive. Gone are all the fussy de­tails and clut­ter, with all wiring, pipes and aux­il­iaries se­creted away to leave noth­ing but the en­gine, chas­sis, and body­work.

De­spite the old-school styling, the new T100 gets ride-by-wire throt­tles, ABS, switch­able trac­tion con­trol, the firm’s Torque As­sist Clutch for a lighter lever ac­tion, a Thatcham ap­proved im­mo­biliser built into the key and a handy USB charg­ing socket hid­den away un­der the seat.

The retro clocks are more modern than a quick glance would sug­gest. The LCD pan­els add a gear in­di­ca­tor, odome­ter, two trip set­tings, a ser­vice in­di­ca­tor, range-to- empty in­di­ca­tor, fuel level, av­er­age and cur­rent fuel con­sump­tion fig­ures, trac­tion con­trol set­tings, and a clock. Mean­while, cruise con­trol and heated grips are avail­able as op­tions.

There’s a wealth of clas­si­cally in­spired de­tail­ing and chrome fin­ishes, in­clud­ing brushed alu­minium cov­ers, clas­sic bolt-on Tri­umph badges unique to these two mod­els, and deep chrome mirrors, mud­guard stays, han­dle­bars and head­light bezel.

One of the key ar­eas of de­vel­op­ment for both 900cc, 54bhp, T100 mod­els was the new chas­sis and sus­pen­sion set-up which is claimed to sig­nif­i­cantly en­hance com­fort lev­els for the rider giv­ing a bet­ter over­all rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence whether for long dis­tance jour­neys, in ev­ery­day use or when car­ry­ing a pil­lion. And from Spring 2017 on­wards an A2 li­cence-friendly re­stric­tor kit will also be avail­able.

51bhp | 209kg | Seat height 770mm

The V7 gets a de­cent glut of changes for 2017, which both drag it into Euro4 com­pli­ance, and make it a more at­trac­tive bike to own – and the most at­trac­tive of them all has to be this spe­cial An­niver­sario lim­ited edi­tion, which cel­e­brates 50 years since the in­tro­duc­tion of the V7 model and comes with a chrome-fin­ished tank, gen­uine leather sad­dle and brushed alu­minium mud­guards – and looks su­perb.

Now called the V7 III, the range en­joys a 10% hike in power to 51bhp, with torque peak­ing at 44.25ftlb. The 21-litre tank is un­changed, while it gets a new cap, in­jec­tor cov­ers, sleeker side pan­els and a new seat unit – which offers a new, lower, 770mm perch. The Guzzi’s clocks have also been up­dated.

The frame hasn’t es­caped at­ten­tion, ei­ther. A new front sec­tion is claimed to be stiffer than be­fore, giv­ing bet­ter con­trol and feed­back, and al­tered ge­om­e­try to im­prove steer­ing in the twisties. ABS and trac­tion con­trol are still in ev­i­dence, while the lat­ter now boasts two modes, one for the dry, and one for the wet.

Ded­i­cated Scram­bler chas­sis 900cc Street Twin en­gine Switch­able ABS & Trac­tion Con­trol

Based on the ex­cel­lent new Street Twin plat­form launched in 2016, the new Scram­bler is so much more than a parts bin spe­cial – with a host of be­spoke re­vi­sions that in­clude longer rear shocks, a wider set of han­dle­bars, 19in front wheel and 17in rear, Met­zeler Tourance dual-pur­pose rub­ber, switch­able ABS and trac­tion con­trol, and a high-level stain­less steel ex­haust that’s a mas­ter­piece of de­sign.

While it may look au­then­ti­cally old-school, the tech­nol­ogy clev­erly se­creted away from ca­sual in­spec­tion hides ride-by-wire throt­tle, which en­ables the fit­ment of trac­tion con­trol – which can be de­ac­ti­vated for off-road shenani­gans – as well as sim­i­larly switch­able ABS. Sit­ting ahead of the bars is a fat sin­gle clock unit with a mix of ana­logue and dig­i­tal dis­plays, cov­er­ing off rpm, gear po­si­tion, odome­ter, trips, range, fuel level, av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion, a clock, and your trac­tion con­trol set­tings. The rear light is retro shaped, but packed with LEDS, there’s a torque as­sist clutch for lighter ef­fort at the lever, a Thatcham ap­proved im­mo­biliser in the key, and a USB charg­ing point for all your gad­get needs.

Other nice touches in­clude the pil­lion perch that de­taches in favour of a small alu­minium rack for a more rugged scram­bler look – and both items are in­cluded with the bike. The foot­pegs are sturdy steel bear claw type, and it gets a lit­tle bash­plate to de­flect light abuse from reach­ing the un­der­side of the 900cc High Torque par­al­lel-twin. The badg­ing and paint op­tions are all Scram­bler-spe­cific, too.

And for those on an A2 li­cence re­stric­tion, there’s even a kit avail­able to make this bike com­pli­ant, mak­ing it one of the coolest A2 op­tion you can buy.

‘The Tri­umph’s high-level stain­less steel ex­haust is a mas­ter­piece of de­sign’

Neat lit­tle bash­plate and one of the best ex­hausts of 2017

Laced­laced wheels with a 19in front and 17in rear on Met­zeler rub­ber

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