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Though it feels like it lacks the arm-stretching torque of the V-Twins, a peek at the torque chart shows that the Bonneville delivers By that time, the motorcycle with the smallest displacement of the bunch starts putting out the most horsepower of the three, topping the charts at This means the Bonneville has the widest, most usable spread of power and allows riders to wind it out more between shifts.
For starters it actually has some ground clearance, where the others scrape pegs at even slight turns. The Parallel Twin does emit a completely different character than the gruffer V-Twins. It left the other two competitors in the dust, both on the straights and in the turns. It has the strongest brakes of the bunch and the smoothest tranny, too.
As mentioned previously, the Bonnie feels confident on tight, technical roads, and there's always enough grunt on tap from the cc parallel twin power plant to enable imprudent though thrilling amounts of speed. The gear ratios are well-spaced, and even at prolonged triple-digit velocities, the five cogs rarely trigger six-speed envy.
While dynamically satisfying, the long term Bonneville-- complete with carb-like fuel injectors and retro styling that isn't too far off from real deal old school Bonnies-- felt aesthetically comfortable among a pack of older bikes which required constant fiddling, from roadside to gas station, and numerous spots in between. Several riders mentioned that the Bonneville looks right at home with old bikes, and given its imperturbable mechanical underpinnings, I'd say it straddled the best of both worlds: The following 26 BHPians Thank mobike for this useful post: My "Black Typhoon" comes home!
I had absolutely no plans for this but, some of my young friends who are fellow bulleteers chased me for a proper photoshoot. Till we met up that morning, I was under the impression it will be just one person shooting pictures of the bike.
B But, when i met them, there were 4 photo enthusiasts who were brimming with more excitement than me and within a short time turned my Bonnie into a superstar. The equipment they carried looked overwhelming to me and couple of Team-BHPians Insearch and Rider 60 tagged along to partake in a session wherein we played music, shot pictures, did some dance jigs etc.
Basically had lot of fun!!! They are now in queue to buy the Bonnie!! Few pictures from my mobile camera of the shooting scenario that day. The following 41 BHPians Thank mobike for this useful post: My "Black Bruiser" finally comes home! Hope you guys enjoy reading this thread as much as I enjoyed creating it. The following 5 BHPians Thank mobike for this useful post: Avi, your passion and spirit seeps through each word of this report!
You truly deserve to own and ride this wonderful bike. No SMS language please. The following BHPian Thanks himanshugoswami for this useful post: Congrats And i was expecting this. Wishing you loads of S miles. What happens to the Chrome ?
The following BHPian Thanks akshay for this useful post: Congrats and thanks for putting up this thread with such nice pictures. I actually think your bike SE looks cooler than T My next bike is most probably going to be the street triple but now Bonneville SE is beginning to win me over as well. Will be following your thread closely. The following BHPian Thanks hsub for this useful post: Those pictures are so good! Congrats on your purchase! Now time to start saving for the add ons!
Edit- please take the saree guard off. Last edited by discobiscuit: The following BHPian Thanks discobiscuit for this useful post: Originally Posted by mobike My dear friend, Avi. Last edited by aah The following BHPian Thanks rendezvous for this useful post: Many many congratulations moderator saahib and I wish you do thousands of miles on it.
Just a request - ditch that sarre guard. I know it'd be illegal though, but this looks ugly. The time now is Proudly powered by E2E Networks. Add Thread to del.
Page 1 of Performance I was never in market for a bike in this price range and it never crossed my mind to even test ride a Harley Davidson though people who are known to me know that I'am a performance lover and also give equal importance to styling. Start the engine sometimes engine does not start at first attempt during cold mornings; pull the choke lever out, thumb the starter button, engine instantenously comes to life and its starts with a delicious rumble and even though the exhaust note is subtle, it has a distinct sound of a big capacity engine and is evident more so when you revv it even just slightly.
Slotting into 1st gear after depressing it's super light clutch is with small drama little clunk sound and when you get off the line, the power is so seamless it has to be experienced to enjoy it. It hits the ton in 5. Foot pegs are placed at a position which is slightly behind you and feels sporty enough and has a clearance that gives you enough confidence to coax out some lean angles that I wouldnt dare on other than proper thoroughbred sports bikes.
Nearly the full torque curve is available from as low as just rpm and goes all the way up to its redline of rpm. This means you can remain in a taller gear and still a small jab to throttle will get you out of any tight situations as you ride that smooth beautiful bed of torque rather than downshifting and using the throttle feverishly which is the case when you would run out of power or torque when in highest gear I have been easily dropping speeds to as low as 40kmph while being in 5th gear with absolute no knocking to engine at all.
I really miss a 6th gear on this bike. Why didnt they do an RD ??? But, for rest of us who love riding hard and enjoy cornering, Bonnie will bring a huge grin to your face as you complete each corner. But, show it even small section of bad patched roads; it will become clearly evident that ride is on stiffer side.
Tyres I wouldn't be doing justice if I dont speak about the grippy tyres. It's a good thing that Triumph has decided to mate the Bonnie with these grippy tyres and not some inferior product as these tyres aid greatly to ride and handling characteristic of Bonnie.
It's a different story that they are exorbitantly priced and cost in range of 25K for a pair Brilliant Fit and Finish Clutch has 4 different settings to adjust play Lovely riding posture. It makes a lot of torque low down, and the gearing is designed to make as much use of that as possible.
Cue wonderful poise in high gears and impossibly low speeds. It murmurs to a start and settles into a gentle hum. Blipping for downshifts or effect produces a restrained but clearly audible twin-cylinder thrum, but most of what you hear is the wind brushing past your helmet as you waft along, seemingly on a cloud of cool air.
You can choose to rev the motorcycle - it's particularly nice between 5,,rpm but it feels best to dig the laid-back vibe and chug along. The gearing and the torque allow the motorcycle to trundle wonderfully along at 1,rpm in top gear, and that's how it produces a stunning 21kmpl in the city. The Triumph Bonneville T sets up a relaxed riding position. The only problem is that you're sat bolt upright with not an iota of wind protection.
That means sustained high speeds are hard work, and you will usually find yourself chugging along at a pleasant kmph or so. To be honest, there isn't any wind protection and that means you will repeatedly hit kmph when you're feeling hot and bothered, but the wind resistance on your neck and helmet will quickly calm your passions and make you settle back into a kmph cruise.
There is latent highway ability in the T but you're going to need either a screen of some sort, or you'd better find a group of slow machines out for a tour. Despite losing the second disc that comes on the T, the T feels right. The brakes are easy to modulate and work without excessive bite and the force arrives progressively. Oh yes and very much in the same vein as the rest of the motorcycle.
ABS, when triggered, pulses the lever firmly enough to let you know but again, the sensation is restrained. The Triumph Bonneville T gets a single front disc while the T with its 1,cc engine gets a twin set-up.
These are good brakes and ABS is standard. Ride quality is interesting. If you live within the quiet cocoon of the T's laid-back performance, you will notice that this is an exceptionally smooth motorcycle. It handles bumps well and the ride in general is extremely comfortable. However, as you push the speeds, you will also realise that the suspension is marvellous in that narrow band but outside that, it isn't all that golden.
What I mean is that if you up the pace enough - the engine certainly has the wherewithal - then you will notice that the T bounces up and down a fair bit and now and then, you will bottom the suspension out.
To me this is more interesting than a problem because the motorcycle is very persuasive at keeping the rider within the band where all its systems come together so astonishingly well. The Triumph Bonneville T is a bit soft in the suspension department, so as long as you ensure your inputs are firm but unhurried, the T feels good. But up the pace and you'll find the suspension too soft and then the pegs go down as well. Like the rest of the motorcycle, in feel, the T wants to be ridden smoothly and gently at a relaxed clip.
Cornering, again, is effectively handled. The bike is neutral in stance and you can lean over to the pegs smoothly without fuss. But again, when I upped the pace, the feel of the Pirelli SportsComp tyres wasn't as grippy as some of the sportier Pirelli compounds we've tested. Not that this is a surprise. Again, Triumph's tyre selection is smart. These Pirellis work really, really well at the normal speeds, and when you up the pace, many things, including the suspension will tell you that you're out on the edge and should back off.
If you don't, a yellow light on the dash and traction control will ensure you come right back to where things work the best. On the whole, the dynamics package is designed to blend into the feel of the motorcycle. I would say there are motorcycles with a lot more ability in this price band for the money. But the Triumph Bonneville T's superpower isn't going around corners or absorbing moon craters and therefore, the design of the dynamics package feels correct for the purpose.
I had imagined that the Triumph Bonneville T road test was going to be a dispassionate enquiry into the ability of this motorcycle. Well, close but no cigar. The nostalgic feel of the T is spot on. Despite my need for speed, I found myself cruising peacefully at the speeds it likes without feeling impatient or disengaged from the experience.
That is a huge tick for the motorcycle in my book. It means if you're looking for modern engineering in a retro-flavoured motorcycle, the Rs If you have the money, the extra torque of the T might feel even better but the T is firmly not in the T's shadow in my book. Heck, many Street Twin buyers would do well to test ride the T before they decide because the T is a very, very likeable motorcycle. The Triumph Bonneville T looks beautiful in this old-school blue and white colour scheme.
From my personal standpoint, retro motorcycles aren't my flavour. The narrow range, especially in the ride quality department, where the T is at the height of its powers is a bother. It means that the few times I might need to ride hard, to keep up with buddies or just to cover the miles, the Triumph is going to feel a little less than perfect. But my god, this is a beautiful motorcycle on almost every other count if you're in the right frame of mind.
It goes rather smoothly and evokes lots of sensations, and it makes you ride it the way it likes to be ridden. Not a lot of motorcycles can do that. Images by Anis Shaikh. Hyundai AH2 new Santro spotted in a new paint shade. Adaptive cruise control, auto braking system to become mandatory by Mahindra Marazzo launched in India at Rs 9.