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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Bonneville T100 for city riding only?

Hi all!

First time posting here. Iím an absolute beginner in the triumph world and need your help!

I wanted to ask you guys about something I heard about the Bonneville t100 that might make me go for a different bike if itís true..
I want to buy the t100 to ride exclusively around the city, go to work and back home, go to the gym, take my wife to dinner, etc, do all the stuff I usually do on my day to day, ride about 10 miles per day I guess. At the moment Iím not considering going for any weekend rides (perhaps I will in the future though). So, my question is: do you guys think the t100 is too much of a bike for city riding only?

Iíve heard somebody saying that I wouldnít be using the 900cc engine properly because it was designed for long and high speed rides and might cause some issues in the long run. He also said the engine wouldnít even have time to rise to a decent temperature if Iím only doing short rides. And that Iíll need to go for long rides in the weekends in order to make the engine run as itís required.

Any comments about this would be really appreciated since Iím an absolute newbie on this subject and Iím not able to find info online. I feel that if I go to a dealer with this question they would quickly say itís BS because theyíd just want me to buy the bike!

Thanks so much in advance everybody
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 09:33 AM
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I think you're a real candidate for an electric motorcycle.
Apart from looks that is

Or a cheap light (retro) bike.
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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 09:54 AM
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The T100 is perfectly suited to the use you propose. It's not "too big" for anything.
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I have the T100 too.
I mainly use it for short rides here in the alps and into the village.
I have no problems taking it for a 6 hr ride on the weekend with my wife on the back.
It is a great bike with plenty of power for longer rides and nimble in town.
It is a cool bike and is easy to ride and versatile.
Dont take advice from people who speculate.
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Yeah. I question T100 advice from anyone who's never owned one.

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Different bike same engine: I ride my Street Twin a mere five miles from Brooklyn into Manhattan every day for the past few months. The engine is just fine and it's nice to have that low down torque in heavy slow traffic. The size of the T100 wouldn't be a problem at all. I've only been riding for four years, and the commuting has made me a better rider for having to master slow maneuvers and develop a 360 degree sensibility all the time. I did it to get off the subway (which is in ruins in NYC) and now I'm refreshed when I get to work instead of angry. Go for it.
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Iíve owned a 2017 T100 for 22 months. You can use it however you like. If you want to local runs itís perfect. If you want to do 150 miles itís perfect. Best thing about having a bike this size is that you are never limited to where you ride or how you ride, you can keep up with the best.


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Different bike same engine: I ride my Street Twin a mere five miles from Brooklyn into Manhattan every day for the past few months. The engine is just fine and it's nice to have that low down torque in heavy slow traffic. The size of the T100 wouldn't be a problem at all. I've only been riding for four years, and the commuting has made me a better rider for having to master slow maneuvers and develop a 360 degree sensibility all the time. I did it to get off the subway (which is in ruins in NYC) and now I'm refreshed when I get to work instead of angry. Go for it.
love it! does the commute ever get you to work flustered from all the 360 degree sensibility and you find you have to sit for a minute before starting your day. That's what happens to me
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I've had a t100 for a couple months. It fuels beautifully and has a super light clutch. A very usable friendly bike. And cool too.

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Might be an idea to gear down. First gear feels a little tall for continuous city stop start riding...and with a passenger.
I've been thinking of gearing down to 17/44 for the type of riding I do - 98% rural.
It'd be interesting to read from those who know ....



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