The T100 feels very light at low speed yet turns and holds a line through a bend with more agility than the larger T120. It’s not quite as sprightly as the Street Twin due to its longer forks, and does lack ground clearance as its pegs are set for comfort, but thanks to better suspension and tyres it easily tops the older air-cooled Bonnie when it comes to enjoying corners.
The riding position is far more ‘traditional’ in its stance when compared to the Street Twin and the pegs are set low with the bars wide and flat, which is exactly what you would expect of such a model. It feels correct and is pleasingly relaxed and spacious when compared to the more compact Street Twin thanks to its larger seat and T120 riding position.
Yet it does all this and manages to retain the Twin’s improved handling.I found the T120 model’s front end a bit sluggish to turn, but despite the T100 sharing its chassis and having the same 18-inch diameter front wheel, the reduction in weight has taken most of this feeling away.
The water-cooled parallel twin motor still thumps along like an air-cooled unit should but is smoother than before with a pleasing mid-range and even a bit of a top end zip, yet working behind the surface is traction control. The clutch is nice and light and there is even a neat ‘anti-stall’ rev rise much like Suzuki has incorporated in the new SV.
Triumph has lavished care and attention to detail on the T100 and it looks fabulous. The small touches such as the hand painted coach lines on the tank and chrome engine details really set it aside from the competition.
At £8300 (or £8600 for the two-tone paint option) the T100 is very good value for money and bang on the mark in comparison to its competition. The T100 Black, which is £8300, covers the chrome details with matt black paint.
It may not look modern, but the T100 comes loaded with traction control, ABS, ride-by-wire, an immobilisor and even a USB slot hidden under the seat. Cruise control and heated grips are optional extras.