Kicking some more motorcycle tires

I think it might be unreasonable to own two adventure motorcycles. Which one would I ride? No, I think something completely different is in order.

I have looked at the Triumph Bonnevilles and Scramblers for a long time. Perhaps they remind me of my youth. Maybe it’s just the old school nostalgia. For some reason, I keep coming back to them as a potential second bike. So I went to Joe’s Cycle in Dayton to throw a leg over a classic motorcycle.

There was one Bonneville T100 on the floor in a black and grey paint scheme. The other Bonnevilles were an SE and a standard—these do not have quite the appointments of the T100. They have cast wheels with a 17” wheel on the front. The T100 has a lot more chrome and wire-spoke wheels with a 19” wheel in front. The T100 looks nice, and there is also a cranberry and white paint scheme.

Also available is the Jet Black T100, and it’s not quite as much chrome. If you have not used the Create My Triumph feature on the Triumph Motorcycles web site, you are in for a treat. You can change the colors and add options or accessories to see exactly what your motorcycle will look like. Here is my fantasy:

Bonneville T100 Black

I know. You’re looking at that Triumph Bonneville T100 with a solo seat and asking, “Where is the passenger gonna sit?” My response is, “What passenger?” Smile Does that look cool or what? I can dream, can’t I?

See you on the highway.


5 Replies to “Kicking some more motorcycle tires”

  1. Have you ridden one? No fairing, no windshield? Not sure my arms would last too long on one of these bikes. Great looking, though.

  2. And the little angel on Brent’s shoulder said “Be sensible, Brent. You have a nice motorcycle. You don’t need another.” While on the other shoulder a little guy with a pitchfork says “Do it, Brent! You know you want it! Do it!” I usually listen the guy in red when it comes to motorcycles, it makes life more interesting. Do it, Brent, you know you want it.

  3. I’ve not ridden this particular model, but will. Something like this Triumph is quite different than the V-Strom, which will be my adventure touring bike. The Triumph, or something like it, will be my local bike–breakfast rides, Euro Bike Night, doctor and dentist appointments, fly fishing club meetings, etc. I can also vision riding it to Indianapolis and back–day rides, not touring. At least, that’s how I see it being used. But first … I’ve got to earn some more money!

  4. I’m going to check out the Triumphs as a replacement for my Honda ST1300. I wouldn’t consider anything without a windscreen, though, and some means of storage. Something around 800 ccs would be my target size and around 500 lbs.

    I love the ST1300 on the highway and its carrying capacity as a touring bike but I’m tired of dealing with the weight (750 lbs.) I have to be so very careful where and how I park the bike. One slip of the foot and over she goes. There is a reason that on the ST1300 forum they have a space under your avatar for how many times you’ve dropped your bike. 🙂

  5. Marv, have you looked at the Honda NT700V? It’s like a mini ST1300 with a 700cc V-twin. Popular in Europe, where it is called the Deauville, and reliable. It’s a nice looking bike. Triumph’s offerings in 800cc is the Tiger–an adventure/dual sport bike–that you accessorize with bags. It does have a windscreen, but small.

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