Triumph T100 Bonneville
54bhp | 213kg | Seat height 790mm
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