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Harry

Sydney, Australia

Reviewed on 2005-01-10

Motorcycle reviewed2002 Triumph T100

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5.0
-- Triumph Bonneville T100 2002 -- In 1970 when I was a lad, I had a 250cc Yamaha two stroke road bike. Why? Because I really wanted a then Triumph 650 Bonneville and when I rode one I felt so elated I knew I'd kill myself with the power so I settled on the Yamaha and still nearly killed myself anyway. I sold the Yamaha when I found that girl's parents wouldn't allow me to take her out except in a car so I had to sell the bike (didn't have much cash) and buy a car. Well, marriage and kids later (much later like September 2004 in fact) I took my now 19 year old son to look at a bike for commuting to University. Well.......... I saw a 2002 Lucifer Orange Centenary Model T100 Bonneville in showroom condition and only 500 kilometers on the clock. It still had some factory warranty too. I couldn't resist and like a moth to a flame, I sat on it. The salesman started it up and I wobbled around the grounds with it, realizing how much out of practice I was, and yet I bought it. I've had a smile on my face ever since. It's stock standard and quiet so I don't disturb the neighbors when I take it for a spin in the early or late hours when traffic's not bad. It's a brilliant machine, reliable, solid, no leaks, well finished, extremely forgiving and predictable yet thrilling enough. Well endowed with so much torque in all gears I sometimes come out of low speed bends and accelerate trying to change up and find I'm already in top gear. It turns the heads. Old boys look lovingly at it reminiscing of their younger days and young blokes with their stereotypical faired racing bikes look enviously and acknowledge the classic lines. This bike feels great, is made of quality finishes and components and the after sales service is excellent. Riding position is very comfortable and invites relaxing and leisurely riding, giving time to enjoy the scenery. I tried a Sprint and found my wrists complaining within minutes however, I acknowledge the Sprint is made for a different job, like higher speed travel. My Bonneville has made me very bad tempered (ha-ha) because since I bought it we've had the hottest summer on record (around 39 degrees Celsius) followed by thunderstorms on almost a daily basis. If you want a bike with the head turning appeal of a Harley (compliment) but not as expensive and much better handling, then you can't go past a new or late model, well kept Triumph Bonneville.
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Mr.ED

Rochester, Washington

Reviewed on 2003-03-16

Motorcycle reviewed2002 Triumph T100

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5.0
Rode and owned a few Bonnies and tigers in the day. This babe has it all. I went with the British racing Green. I drove it home today. Folks were pointing and thumbs upping it all the way home (100 miles). Every place I stopped folks just oggled. When I got it from the dealer the handle bars were canted to far forward. We dropped them down, and it handles like a dream. I dropped the rear pegs, reated my boot heels on them, and took off like a rocket sled on rails. When passing I dropped my toso to a few inch from the tank (new paint and all ) and gave it 1/4 inch of throttle. Dang thing jumped 30mph in a spit second. When I sat upright, my body acted like a drag chute, and it slowed back down and the frame was never shimmied a bit. Cant wait till I get the windscreen next week :-) For once the new version beats the classic, hands down.
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