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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question. Does anyone own water cooled T100 and T120? I know they ride slightly differently due to weight and obviously there are power differences. Just wondering really, but I must admit an orange T100 would look good in any garage!
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I had a talk about this with the dealer's mechanic.
His opinion: for short rides and easier steering go for the T100. For long rides go for the T120.

I got the T120. And I don't do long rides .

(There were no T100 for a decent price at that time)
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I just picked up a new 2018 T120 a couple days ago. I looked at the weight difference in the two and it is approximately 30 lbs. Given that nominal difference and the significant difference in power, I chose to go with the T120. My weight 250 lbs and the fact that I have a 2013 Trophy SE and was trading in a 2015 Explorer 1200, I did not want to give up any more horsepower than necessary.

The T120 has not disappointed. It does not have the hang on power the 1215 triple engine does, but it pulls pretty well. I do not think I would have gotten the same happy feeling out of the T100.

Good Luck and Ride Safe.

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The 100 is what you buy if you want the 120 but can’t stretch the money. Nice bike, but who doesn’t want more go?
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I bought the T120 last summer and I have absolutely no regrets.
If I had settled for a T100, I know I would always be wishing I hadn't.
Time goes by and the extra money isn't missed.
If there were no such thing as the T120 1200, only then could I be satisfied with the T100.
I was completely satisfied with the 1970 Bonneville 650 that I had in the '70s.
To me, at that time, there was nothing better.
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I owned both a T100 and T120 at the same time until I sold the T100 last summer. I loved the T100, it was a pleasure to ride, had very good brakes, and looked just right, reminiscent of Bonnevilles from long past. The 100 had good power but needed a 6th gear, and I wanted ABS. The 120 was the solution, and it came with a 1/3 increase in engine size. Much as I loved the 100, I find the 120 a significant upgrade.

One thing I have noticed, the 120's dual caliper front brake doesn't seem to have the stopping power of the 100's single disc and caliper. Maybe it's me, but riding one right after the other that one item always stood out. The 100 front brake was very strong, the 120's not as much. It takes more brake lever pull on the 120 to equal the stopping power of the 100, or so it seems to me.

The 120 does have more power for sure. The 865 engine in the 100 was powerful enough to keep my interest, but the 1200 in the 120 makes me smile every time I twist the throttle. I love both bikes, and wish I'd kept the 100 but I really didn't need to keep both.
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One thing I have noticed, the 120's dual caliper front brake doesn't seem to have the stopping power of the 100's single disc and caliper.
Switching to EBC HH pads made a big difference on my T120. You should be able to engage the ABS system with either set of pads but the EBC pads gave me quicker initial bite and seem to require less pressure for the same braking effect.

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Switching to EBC HH pads made a big difference on my T120. You should be able to engage the ABS system with either set of pads but the EBC pads gave me quicker initial bite and seem to require less pressure for the same braking effect.

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Hook, are these pads available through Triumph, or after market?
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Question. Does anyone own water cooled T100 and T120? I know they ride slightly differently due to weight and obviously there are power differences. Just wondering really, but I must admit an orange T100 would look good in any garage!
I purchased my T120 over the summer. The one thing I did notice was the increased heat of 1200 engine over my 865 Bonneville. In TX, that is a drag. But overall, the T120 has the guts to do what is needed for two up riding and commuting. Even did a track day last week with it. Anyway, to my point.... There is a 2007 T100 Orange for sale near OK city that really has my eye. Just a great color combo. I had a 2007 silver Bonneville a while back. Maybe mix an air cooled with the water cooled? Just money....
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Hook, are these pads available through Triumph, or after market?
They are aftermarket. Readily available thru many sources. EBC pads are widely used by many, made for most motorcycles. They come in different compounds but the HH compound gives the results I described.

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