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Triumph Bonneville T 100

2006 Triumph Bonneville Cross Country Motorcycle

The 1898 Hotel Connor is the focus of activity in Jerome, when it opened, rooms a dollar apiece, but the price has up.

Clement Salvadori

April 6,

story and photography by Clement

[This Triumph Bonneville Cross Country Motorcycle was originally published in the December issue of Rider magazine]

come you’re in Post?” he Sensible question, as Post is not on the main road to anywhere, and I am an out-of-towner. Riding from to California, I tell him, on two-lane roads, and crossing on U.S. 380 seemed like a choice.

Which it is.

For a traveling like myself, the less the less congestion, the fewer the happier I am. And there is not much along 380. Unless you tens of thousands of acres of a good deal of dry farming, and a of jack-pumps bringing crude oil out of the

Mostly it is just me and the two lanes of where I can see 10 miles down the with nary a car in sight.

are the Great Plains, part of huge expanse of land slopes gently down the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi No obstructions here; the highway could just run a compass and go straight. On 380 the compass pointed due I like this sort of

Sure, given my druthers I opt for curving roads through country, but the reality of this nation is that much of it is and in traversing it a couple of dozen over the years, I have to enjoy this feature.

800-year-old condominium in Camp Arizona, was called Montezuma’s by the Europeans.

I am riding a new Triumph T100 variety, a bike reminds me of my first long-distance 40-odd years ago when I was the old Triumph Bonnevilles and other iron. Back then, in the few interstate highways had been and riding from ocean to meant a lot of two-lane roads. motorcycles were what we now “…” bikes, and doing a run meant a lot of wind in your

Riding two-laners for long is very different from freeways and interstates. Load up fully faired touring hit the superslab, and you can run all day at 85, 90 mph in the fast lane—which to be the average speed in rural of these limited-access roads. But U.S. 380 from Decatur, to Roswell, New Mexico, and you will get a appreciation for America at its best.

I in my own mildly bizarre reckoning, it would be an entertainment to repeat a trip, 40 years on. And what bike to ride than on Triumph calls one of its Modern

I flew into Atlanta one evening, found my way to a motel in the of Newnan where the corporate of Triumph USA are located, and in the morning the manager, Monika Boutwell, me up. I had asked that a couple of be mounted, like a pair of and a tankbag. I also asked the company (which makes not firearms) to send Bout­well a ’screen (see What We sidebar on page 50).

Sign a few papers, and there is the Bonnie, with 508 miles on the break-in maintenance done and to go.

What was that about landing near Roswell, New

I angle northwest from on two-laners, crossing into heading for Birmingham and the Barber Museum, a mile or so off U.S. 78. too few hours in the museum I must my trip. On the west side of the this highway is four of recklessly fast traffic, and getting overtaken by a high-sided truck moving at 90 mph, I to be gone from there. I off onto AL 118, due west, merges into U.S.

278 and into Mississippi.

My paper map (if going to do this ’60s-style, no GPS for us) that MS 8, a two-laner, goes across the state, so I turn on Dusk is coming, and I am looking for a which is to be found in Aberdeen at a Western. The B.W. also the only evening restaurant in which does leave to be desired.

Either my waitperson or the is not clear on the concept of medium-rare confusing it with well-done, but this has already taken the part of an hour I let it slide. The does come over to explaining that she is coping new staff. That was the only flawed bit of cookery I encountered.

the Brazos River, too thick to too thin to plough.

One of the joys of the is that there are few Denny’s at to eat, and a whole lot of Mom Pop diners. The tends to be a bit weak, which is happens when people coffee all day long, but the hashed come from real and the sausage is made locally. I into a little town and see dirty pickups in front of a and that is where I eat. I can on the gossip, or more probably questions from old fellows in bib who would like to know it’s like to ride a cross-country. “Easy as driving a I say, “only it gets mileage.”

I’m riding through country, compliments of the Mississippi fertile soil, easily Or, in the case of Katrina, sometimes MS 8 takes me all the way to the Big Muddy, where I south on MS 1, also known as the River Road. Along the Mighty Miss is certainly not the of river that flows and true, but makes dozens of loops, creating all sorts of problems.

The road, though, is and flat, right alongside an railway track.

The general store in Hackberry, on old 66, caters to nostalgia.

I stop at the Mounds north of Greenville, a center that is the Mississippian version of St. Peter’s Basilica. On flat delta these of earth stand out, brings to mind the current of this part of the US of A, often the Bible Belt.

Every building appears to be a Christian of worship, Mount Carmel, Zion, Bethel, Calvary, the Baptist Church, the Blackjack Baptist Church—some solid, shabby, all apparently standing six days of the week.

I cross the River on a perfectly good bridge, aka U.S. 82, and I can see where a new is being built half a downriver. Highway construction is big in this big country of ours, and are always in order. Zipping Arkansas on U.S. 82, a two-lane running a comfortable 65-70 Bonnie and I end up in Texarkana—a city is way too big for our liking.

A local directs us a few west to New Boston, where the Motel welcomes us. I ask the proprietress I might find a cold on this hot evening, and she announces that Bowie County is which I am sure makes the frontiersman Jim Bowie spin in his However, as a gift to her thirsty she will be happy to give me a of chilled brewskis; very

This old U.S. Army is disappearing into the vegetation.

I all of Texas to cross, and a look at the map we should continue on U.S. 82 to then angle southwest on Road 51 to Decatur and pick up 380—which heads straight to I plot my gas stops, as the T100 is a beast, getting about 35 to the gallon on a 4.4-gallon tank. I quite trust the last 10 of a tank’s rated volume I do a run-it-out test, which I not done.

I’m happy at 120 miles on the and use that as my fill-up mark. I do that these grocery-store gas do have one problem: nobody bothers to clean the top, I like to put my helmet. AAA should gas stations on the basis of clean tops.

That night, 460 later, we end up in Post. Next we roll across open a formidable stretch for a lone or ox-drawn wagon; the Spanish this the Llano Estacado, or plain, due to the serrated mesa that can sometimes be seen in the This uncluttered space be a natural for any alien spacecraft for a landing zone, which may already happened.

At Roswell I a leisurely look in the UFO Museum, and at the A U.S.-designated two-laner is fun, but I to deviate onto even roads, and NM 246 is 75 miles of untrafficked going around the north of the Capitan Mountains, reconnecting U.S. 380 in the little town of

That is the fun of the ride, heading I need to go on the smallest roads. I see 10 vehicles in those 75 miles.

A stays away from his too long, and look what fertile land.

After the road descends, passes the (Badlands) with its tumult of detritus, skirts the north of the White Sands Missile (where the first atomic was tested) and then T-bones Interstate 25 at San Antonio. Interstating for 9 miles, we turn off at Socorro to with U.S. 60, another old heading west.

Good climbing out of the Rio Grande River and crossing the Plains of Saint flat, flat, flat for 20 Which is where the National Astronomy Observa­tory has set up its 27 giant antennas to eavesdrop on any aliens in space.

We cross over the Divide at 7,796 feet, and to I stop in Pie Town for a piece of Knapp’s lemon meringue pie at her Café; her pie-making ability be praised enough. I sleep in waking up to a cool May morning at feet, which turns to and cold as I enter Arizona. For me, a quartering wind is worse heat, cold, or rain.

I onto AZ 260 in Show Low, drops out of the wind as it goes to Payson, a mainly four-lane At a big Circle K gas station, an attendant—cleaning the of the pumps, bless his heart—tells me a motorcycle graveyard 10 miles in Rye that I must visit Museums sidebar).

Before were improved, these tracks alongside the Mississippi carried produce to market.

out of Payson, AZ 260 reverts to its original status all the way to Camp Verde, I visit Montezuma’s Castle, is not a castle—and Montezuma never near this place. To out more, you will have to go At Cottonwood, Bonnie and I take AZ 89A toward the old mining town of this road eventually into AZ 89 north to Ash Fork, on 40.

Five interstate miles take me to Crookton Road, a of old U.S. 66, the original two-laner. ride, 66, with little and huge vistas, through and Peach Springs.

Then finally a bed at the Hill Top Motel in with an excellent medium-rare at the Dambar Restaurant, right the road.

Last morning. Old 66 crookedly to Oatman, then the Colorado River to Needles, and I to stay on I-40 for a few miles exiting at Mountain Springs and more old 66. The road is good to Amboy, where the gas station has not in a long while, but from to Ludlow that two-lane is rough and uncared for—because but tourists use it.

We skirt Barstow to the on the old two-lane CA 58, then at Hinkley the movie Erin Brockovich ?) we to get on the new 58 freeway, head across the Desert, climb up to Teha­chapi and drop down to Bakersfield. the San Joaquin Valley, America’s I come to McKittrick and the driveway to my

Except the driveway is 75 miles consisting of two-laners CA 58 and then CA 41, are a delight to ride. For me, it is a relaxing way to end a since I know all the turns and even better than the of my hand. This is where the of a T100 shine, an unhurried through rolling countryside.

America is very alive and well. And a lot more entertaining the freeways.

What We Carried

Be I took along a Stop Go tire repair kit and a Cruz metric toolkit, though I neither.

Any trip can be undertaken nothing more than a card in hand, but I usually a little extra. I stuffed a few into an Aerostich Dry Bag and asked to attach a pair of saddlebags and a from its accessory list, and I was Almost.

The last cross-country I took without any windscreen at all was in and since then I have to appreciate having a small between me and the elements. The Rifle ( makes a suitable called the SoloShield X, with hardware for attaching it to the handlebars. I like about this 15- x piece of clear plastic is I’m not even aware of its being while it takes the wind off my torso.

It is a very clean and system.

That is the very Rifle windscreen, with hardware.

Triumph Bonneville T 100

Knowing that the total toolkit consists of one 5mm wrench concealed behind the side-cover, enabling one to take off the and get at the owner’s manual, I thought I use a little backup even I did not expect anything to go wrong…and did. Cruz Tools sent me its CruzMetrix kit to ease my To which I added a large adjustable wrench because…

…I a minor obsession about tires, as a nail can appear on any any time. Since the Bonnie has tires on spoked wheels, I have to remove a wheel to fix the The rear axle is secured by a nut, which the toolkit did not hence the Stanley.

I called up Go ( and had them send the Deluxe Tube-Type Motorcycle Repair Kit, which with three tire fortunately, I never had the pleasure of them.

The motorcycle graveyards.

A at the Barber Museum is putting the touches on this Belgian FN four, and she will be a runner.

elephants get old they go down by a where the grass is good and nearby. After they the bones and ivory are washed Not so with motorcycles.

A lucky few end up in museums, and the Barber Vintage Museum (www.barber, east of Birmingham, Alabama, is one of the best. Some 900 motorcycles and a few cars are on display in this 80,000-square-foot building. Pictures do not do the justice.

Technical curator Brian spent three hours me around on his nickel tour, and I was from beginning to end. I go back and spend twice amount of time admiring the most of which are staged so the gets a very good, close view. The majority of are restored, but a number are in as-found with the original paint by the patina of age.

The Barber Museum in Alabama, should be on the must-visit of every motorcyclist. There are of motorcycles on display, most some in their original and glory.

A lot of photos of the museum those wonderful stacks of but those are more for decoration information. Up close you can see a 100-year-old FN, an array of Vincent models, all the V-4s grouped together, a many Harleys and Indians. The are very well thought-out and the visitor being able to the instruments, see the drain-plugs.

Go spend a day at place; it is especially fun when are racing on the track right the windows.

At the other end of the graveyard are places like All Bikes 1,700 miles due west of in Rye, Arizona, a salvage where upward of 10,000 old sit under the sun. These are all organ donors, and proprietor Rod can get you that cylinder head for a 250 (no relation), a rear fender for a Titan or just about any part you might conceivably to fix an aged machine.

Organiza­tion is chaotic, but Adler claims to where everything is…which qualify him for Mensa status. He is packing off bits and pieces to the corners of the earth, and as he slowly the bikes he has, lots old motorcycles arrive at this place. He will never run out of

by Dave Ekins

One of the options for newish Scrambler model, on the Bonneville platform in the main is a pair of number plates with the digits 278. Why Quite simply, this is the number of one of the most famous in the world. One of four International Six Day bikes ordered by Bud Ekins of Sherman Oaks, California, in 1964 was the 1964 Triumph in the photo.

Bud formed the very U.S. ISDT Silver Team, which would have made headlines that actor Steve was onboard. Two TR6SCs and two TR5SCs taken off the assembly line and to Triumph’s “Works Shop” for Six-Day preparation. According to Hancock, the mechanic assigned to the Bud’s 500 (No. 278) and 650 (No.

281) had some engine work done the other two remained standard.


Bud had taught Steve the technique of steering with the which is necessary when a 40-incher cross-country. The actor was Bud rode a 500 for the first time at international level of competition and was third in points when he his ankle. Steve also and bent his TR6 too badly to continue, so the effort was done.

Cliff Coleman rode his to win a gold medal and finished among the open-class bikes. truly, Bud’s brother forced his TR5SC to finish the fifth in class and won another

The following year No. 278 went to the of Man for the 1965 ISDT. This Ed Kretz Jr. was aboard, and the number to 295. The 1965 Six Days was the difficult ever, and Kretz Jr. start the second day.

myself and Cliff Coleman out at the end of the third day. Just 10 of the entries made the whole six

The four Triumphs came to Sherman Oaks the following when Bud decided to make the unassisted, timed race Tijuana to La Paz. The four Vase Triumphs were only this time Bud No. 281 and Eddie Mulder rode TR5.

Three bikes, Cliff, made it to La Paz within a few of the time myself and Bill had set in 1962 riding 250cc Robertson and I were supported by an with gas, food and

I’m leaving Georgia and entering

Late in 1967 the National Off Racing Association decided to a 1,000-mile race from to La Paz. Naturally, Bud and I rode No. Bud had upgraded the fork and fitted a gas tank.

During that the bike demolished its suspension but finished third.

Bud later the bike to Frank Danielson, who No. 278 with a sidecar and won the sidecar of the 1969 and ’70 NORRA Baja And threw in a Mint 400 win just for Danielson kept it in storage for 30 Then the Triumph was on display at the Museum for six months as part of a McQueen feature.

The numbers 278 and 295 are into special Six Day paint on the frame, and a third Gir­ling was in­stalled by Daniel­son for sidecar

The bike is tucked away in a dark corner, but I can’t of any other motorcycle that has raced in five countries a seven-year period by four AMA of Fame members. Thirty-five later the new Triumph has built a version, and No. 278 lives on.

Triumph Bonneville T 100
Triumph Bonneville T 100
Triumph Bonneville T 100
Triumph Bonneville T 100


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