The T100 Bud Ekins Special Edition was released by Triumph this spring and Kenny Sagawa Chief News Editor from Webike, test rode the bike once again. Here's what he had to say about it along with a video.
- Machine Description
- Test ride impression
Hymn to the legend that shined in "The Great Escape"
The T100 Bud Ekins Special Edition ("T100 Ekins") is a special limited edition model of the Bonneville T100.
First, let's mention who Bud Ekins is. He was a stuntman based in California in the 1960's and was an off-road rider, a racer, and a successful Triumph dealer.
▲Ekins, who was active in the desert race and racked up wins at Triumph
Ekins was originally a well-known rider in the motorcycle industry, but what made him a household name was the movie The Great Escape. The main character, played by Steve McQueen, who was a major Hollywood star at the time, escapes from the German army on a motorcycle and jump over the barbed wire fence on the border intact.
To film that dangerous scene, McQueen's best friend and motorcycle mentor Ekins took off this dangerous job. Thus, Eakins made movie history by making a huge jump of 12 feet in the air. It will go down as one of the most famous scenes that will remain.
▲ On the site of the film "The Great Escape". Steve McQueen (left) and Bud Ekins (right) on the site of The Great Escape.
The bike used for the scene was the famous Triumph TR6, which was a Bonneville T110. It was a dirt version of the base model, which was fast and nimble in the U.S. in the 1950s and early '70s. At the time, the Triumph was very popular because of its excellent mobility, and Ekins had a shop full of bikers including McQueen. A group of motorcycle enthusiasts get together to discuss bikes and have a Sunday race at the weekend. He enjoyed it. "T100 Ekins" is a tribute to his accomplishments and a tribute to the good old days on the West Coast It is a model for the scent of the present.
Recreating a free and cheerful '60s atmosphere
The body and engine of the T100 Eakins are the same as the stock T100. The first thing that stands out from the stock T100 is the color scheme. The two-tone red and white paint job is a reference of the American cars of the past. Hand-painted pinstripes and the "Flying Globe" logo, used since the 1930s. Classic Triumph logo and blacked-out engine badges add to the special feel of the bike In addition, it is also possible to use compact LED-type and racing-type blinkers with excellent visibility, and the racing-type Flip-up fuel cap with diamond-cut grips and bar-end mirror recreated a free and cheerful 60s California vibe. This iconic model represents Ekins' conveys spirit.
Test ride impression
The powerful and tasteful pulse of a parallel twin
The pulse of the 900cc parallel twin is powerful and easy to handle. The thumping torque of the 120 (1200cc) is exciting, but the T100 is milder and easier to ride. And yet, you can enjoy the distinct pulse of the heavy bass. The new generation of water-cooled Bonneville, on the other hand, has a 270-degree crank, which is more flavorful to my taste.
It feels good when the maximum torque comes on 3000-4000 rpm range. You can feel the pulse all over your body. It's probably best when you're cruising at 3,000 rpm in 3rd gear, or around 60 km/h. Of course, if you want, you can get to 7,000 rpm, which is when the red zone begins. Of course, if you're so inclined, you may be able to get it to 7000 rpm, where the red zone begins. However, it's more of a low and mid-range torque type engine and I hope you get a feel for it.
Nimble, but not flimsy
Triumph has traditionally had a good frame, and the T100 has carried that over, which is a strong and sturdy bike with a very good frame. There is a moderate sense of ruggedness of the steel frame while still having a rigid frame, and even at high speed It won't sag. Parallel twin and double cradle frame, dual shocks, etc... "This is the bike". It's comforting to see the same old designs.
The ride quality does not disappoint. Handling is nimble but not flimsy. The bike is not too light and has a solid big bike feel. And yet, the rear tire size is 150, which is narrow for its displacement, so it's easy to get into the corner.
It's a nice, stable cornering experience
The front is one size larger than the rear and has 18-inch wire spoke wheels. They fit the atmosphere of the T100 Ekins, and its weight gives it a stable handling It's also connected to the stability. In fact, it's a trait shared by all of Triumph's Bonneville series.
Despite its neo-classical appearance, it's much better at cornering than I expected. Even in a high-speed corner, the bike remains very stable and draws a nice line. It's a natural, non-electronic feel that conveys a sense of confidence.
There's no need to think about anything difficult; it's a bike that's easy to enjoy riding. That said, the ABS and track-control features as standard are a nice touch.
You can enjoy a wide range of riding styles from around town to touring
With a seat height of 790mm, the riding position is easy for most of the riders to reach the ground. The 120mm suspension stroke is also supple with plenty of initial sinkage as well. The handlebar is semi-upright, not too high and not too low, and the view through the retro binocular gauges is spacious. It's feels nice because it has a bar-end mirror so that no unnecessary objects can be seen. Since the seat shape is flat and the seat surface is flexible wherever you ride, you can use it from city driving to touring. I think it's a wide range of fun.
I want to ride with the story for a long time
The Bonneville series is a modern take on the Triumph atmosphere of the past, with the traditional British way. Every parts, including the engine, have been raised to the modern level, while the construction of the British bike has been retained. T100 Ekins' is interwoven with the real-life stories of Triumph's history. So, for those who love the 60's when Ekins and McQueen were alive, there is no better bike that will satisfy your nostalgia. It's a model I'd like you to ride for a very long, long time.