BONNIE MISC
2014 vs 2015 Models

Is there a difference between the 2014 and 2015 Bonneville T100 models? Looking at Triumph’s official site, the 2014 and 2015 landing pages use the exact same image. Are the bikes the same? 2014: Triumph’s 2014 Bonneville page. 2015: Triumph’s 2014 Bonneville page. Email Tweet





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BONNIE MOD #17
Tamarit/Negro 8 Jarama Café Seat

Tamarit/Negro 8 Jarama café style motorcycle seat for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.

I’ve been shopping around for a new seat for the Bonneville since I bought it. 0bviously, I wanted a café style solo seat. There are many, many options out there such as a fitting a Thruxton cowl, Dime City, Corbin, British Customs, tons of 3rd parties on eBay, etc. I spent a lot of time […]





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BONNIE MOD #16
Maund Speed Fender Eliminator Kit +
New Bonneville Wiring Harness

Fender Eliminator Kit with front and rear turn signals and tail light from Maund. Bonnie Café.

As I continue to transform the Bonneville into a proper café racer, the next bit of stodginess that needed to go was the fenders. It’s very popular to remove the rear fender as evidenced by the myriad of third party eliminator kits available. The idea is to remove the rear fender completely. Doing this also […]





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BONNIE MOD #14
Joker Machine Clutch & Brake Levers

Close up of Joker Machine Clutch and Brake Levers for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Café.

Another nice piece of hardware from the Joker Machine – a well crafted, ergonomic set of hand levers to replace the Triumph stock brake and clutch levers. Bryan Warren sent me these and I was very impressed. A solid piece of billet. (I suppose that’s redundant.) The levers were packed the same as other JM […]





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BONNIE MAINTENANCE
Corroded, Fried, Dead Bonneville T100 Ignition Switch

Inside view of the contact plate of an ignition switch for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Cafe.

My bike is approximately four months old. Therefore, the ignition switch has been in use for four months. Yeah, I was annoyed with the position that Triumph placed it. Sure, isn’t everyone with sense? So, three months ago, I moved the ignition switch to the downtube using Joker Machine‘s Relocater Bracket (see this mod and […]





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BONNIE MOD #15
TEC Alloy Gas Reservoir Shocks with Adjustable Damping (Thruxton Length)

TEC Gas Reservoir Shocks with Adjustable Damping for Triumph Bonneville. Bonnie Café.

I’ve had ‘upgrade suspension’ on my list for six months now. I’ve wanted something beefier than the stock shocks. The bike bottoms out quite a bit on some of the roads around here. It’s New York City – we’ve got some bad infrastructure. I spent the last six months researching the major options available: Öhlins, […]





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BONNIE MISC
Self-Serve Car Wash (Hackensack)

Washing the Triumph Bonneville T100 at the Spotless Car Care Center in Hackensack. Half of the bay was a sheet of ice. Bonnie Cafe.

Good news. I finally tracked down a self serve car wash where I can wash the bike. Since I live in Manhattan, there aren’t a lot, if any, options for me to properly wash the bike. It’s the Spotless Car Care Center located on River Street in Hackensack, a few miles down from exit 66 […]





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BONNIE MOD #10
British Customs Air Injection Removal Kit

British Customs Air Injection Removal Kit for Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Cafe.

Preface: Chronologically, this post is out of sync. It was more involved, requiring more write up and photos. Being my lazy self, it took a while to post. After installing the TEC 2-1 Exhaust (see BONNIE MOD #6), the bike gained a lot more performance. Much lighter, quicker start off, and much cooler sounding for […]





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BONNIE MOD UPDATE
Joker Machine Ignition Switch Relocation Bracket

Replacing the left sided Joker Machine Triumph Bonneville T100 Ignition Switch Relocation Bracket with a right sided version. Bonnie Cafe.

The stock position of the ignition switch of a Triumph Bonneville T100 is inelegantly engineered, to say the least – very difficult to maneuver. As such, as documented in my BONNIE MOD #3 post <- click there, I purchased Joker Machine’s Ignition Switch Relocation Bracket. This allowed me to position the ignition switch on the frame’s […]





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BONNIE MISC
Progressive Motorcycle Show, 2014

Progressive Motorcycle Show, New York, December 2014. Bonnie Cafe.

Progressive Insurance sponsors a series of motorcycle shows several times a year throughout the United States. They landed in New York this year at Javits Center, December 12-14. This one was my first go and I loved it but several friends remarked that it was much smaller than usual. They chalked it up to the […]





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BONNIE MOD UPDATE
Dime City Cycles Rear Set

Using a lower angle banjo bolt to reroute the brake line for the Dime City Cycle Triumph Bonneville rear set. Bonnie Cafe.

When I installed the Dime City Cycles rear set, I used their supplied 90° banjo fittings (see BONNIE MOD #5). I found the brake line to flow very awkwardly. In fact, I had to run it outside the side cover (see picture below). Not only was the brake line crimping, it was 100% exposed to me hitting […]





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BONNIE MOD #11
British Customs Quick Release Seat Bolts

British Customs Quick Release Seat Bolts for the Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Cafe.

With all the mods I’ve been doing, I’ve had to pull off the Triumph seat several times. Let me tell you, it is a pain. in. the. arse. The stock bolts are quite recessed and very hard to get to. Not only that, they’re in the shadows so it’s difficult to see to get the […]





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BONNIE MISC
Sons of Anarchy

Linc Potter's Triumph Bonneville on Season 4 of Sons of Anarchy

Having a motorcycle, I’ve found that people quickly bring up Sons of Anarchy, a show that I hadn’t watched. For some reason, I originally thought that it was a reality show – not sure why. After the 10th person brought it up, I decided to take a look. Amazon Prime has the first six seasons […]





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BONNIE MOD #9
Joker Machine Clutch Cable Bracket

Joker Machine Clutch Cable Bracket for a Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Cafe.

Bryan Warren over at Joker Machine sent me another replacement part that completely overshadows Triumph’s – the Joker Machine Triumph clutch cable bracket. Wow, what a difference. The Bonneville is a beautiful bike that Triumph keeps cutting corners on. Joker Machine steps up and gives the bike the respect it deserves. Triumph… are you listening? […]





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BONNIE MOD #12
Joker Machine Bar End Mirrors

Joker Machine Bar End Mirrors for the Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Cafe.

After installing the Dime City Cycles “Speed” bar (see mod here), the Triumph Bonneville stock mirrors no longer worked as well as they did on the stock handlebar. I was able to rotate and twist them around quite a bit, and it was a big improvement both functionally and aesthetically, but they still took away […]





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BONNIE MISC
NYC Street Corner Car Wash/Detailing

Getting the Triumph Bonneville T100 washed in New York City. Bonnie Cafe.

I live in an apartment building in New York, not a suburb with a house and driveway and water hose. I have not been able to find a self-washing facility like there were in San Francisco. As such, my only current option to clean my bike is to pay a guy on the corner. That’s […]





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BONNIE MOD #8
Joker Machine Choke Knob

Joker Machine Choke Knob for Triumph Bonneville T100. Bonnie Cafe.

Another nice bit of “bling” from Joker Machine – a Triumph Choke Knob Union Jack 900 Clear. The Triumph stock choke knob is a pretty serious cheap piece of plastic, so the Joker Machine bit is a nice way of upgrading it. In fact, they have many options to choose from. The one Bryan sent […]





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BONNIE MOD #7
Joker Machine EFI Carb Tops

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After relocating the poorly located stock ignition switch with the freakin’ awesome Joker Machine Ignition Switch Relocater (see Mod #3) that I purchased from British Customs, I entered into an email discussion with Bryan Warren over at Joker Machine headquarters. I had no plans on doing any mods that were purely cosmetic but Bryan changed […]





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BONNIE MOD #6
TEC 2-1 Exhaust

Unwrapped Tec 2-1 Exhaust Pipes for a Triumph Bonnevile T100 Motorcycle, Bonnie Cafe.

PREFACE: I’ve been running on these pipes for a week before publishing this post and I must say, I LOVE THEM! Oh, before we start, check with your state’s emissions policy. Here in New York, motorcycles must pass a safety inspection each year in order to get registered. HOWEVER, motorcycles are EXEMPT from emissions standards – in […]





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BONNIE MOD #5
Dime City Cycles Rear Set

Dime City Cycle Rear Seat for a Triumph Bonneville T100, Bonnie Cafe.

Wow! Here we go again. Another Dime City Cycles sexy mod. (I’m starting to sense a pattern here —DCC is my new BFF!) After installing their sweet “Speed” Clubman handlebar (which, I must say, completely transformed the look of my Bonneville in one fell swoop), I entered into an email conversation with Herm at DCC (as an […]





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