I managed to secure an invite for the “Bonneville Reborn” event in Los Angeles last night, so I fueled up my T100 and rode to the Ace Theater/Hotel in downtown L.A. Skip to the bottom for all the photos.
First off, if you’re looking for specs on weight, hp, pricing etc. you’ve come to the wrong place. I have zero concrete information to pass along. I spoke to three different dealers who were in attendance, and all three had the same uncertain data (“specs in early December” “specs on December 7” “specs the first week of December”). Two of them stood in line in front of me as we waited to get into the theatre/hotel, so I eavesdropped as they spoke to each other. I became convinced that they don’t know much more than the public.
In the end, there can be only one. And that one is the Triumph Bonneville T100.
Its competitor, the BMW G650GS, was a worthy candidate. Far more versatile, practical, can go more places, gets better mileage, has impressive technology, is more upright and comfortable, and would have been the perfectly logical choice.
The Yamaha FZ-09 and the Triumph Bonneville T100 are the two street candidates in this Election Cycle, but only one can represent the Asphalt Party in the final tally.
And could they be any more different? Sitting on both of them at the local motorcycle mega mall, the ever-hovering salesman (please, just leave me alone) was put to the test, attempting to extoll the virtues of one, then the other, then back again as I kept swapping seats. I decided to sit on each bike at least a dozen times if for no other reason than to make him keep shifting his sales pitch until he ran out of things to say. He was speechless by Round 3 and wandered off towards a guy checking out NC700s.