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When Triumph released its Modern Classics range in Malaysia earlier this year, response from local Triumph fans was good. The initial models launched were the Thruxton R, T120 and T120 Black – all with the 1,200 cc Bonneville parallel-twin – and the 900 cc Street Twin.

Now, Triumph has released the distinctly retro-looking T100 and T100 Black, based on the original 1959 Bonneville. Carrying a liquid-cooled, eight-valve, 270-degree crank angle 900 cc engine with EFI and five-speeds, the T100 produces 54 hp at 5,900 rpm and 80 Nm torque at 3,230 rpm.

While the numbers don’t sound gratuitously high, the T100 engine, like the Street Twin, produces 22% more ponies in the mid-range, and 18% more peak torque compared to the previous T100.

Rolling on spoked wheels – 18-inch in front and 17-inch at the back – the T100 comes with a single 310 mm brake disc in front and single 255 mm disc in the rear, grabbed by Nissin two-piston calipers and with ABS.

The 2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 and T100 Black also come with ride-by-wire, and switchable traction control. Also standard is a torque-assist clutch that reduces lever effort – something that would be useful for new or lady riders.

A long list of optional accessories – over 150 items – is available from the official Triumph catalogue, allowing the rider to customise the Bonneville T100 any way they wish. Also standard is an engine immobiliser and a USB charging socket.

Three colour options are available for the Triumph Bonnevile T100 – Fusion White/Aegean Blue, Jet Black and New England White/Intense Orange. The Bonneville T100 Dark comes in two schemes, Jet Black and Matte-black.

No pricing for the new Triumph Bonnevilles, but sources have said the T100 and T100 Black are a step up in the Bonneville range, above the Street Twin, and will probably retail for around RM65,000, with arrival in Malaysia in 2017 after the Chinese New Year. The 2016 Triumph Street Twin retails for RM55,900.