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Triumph announce Bud Ekins special edition Bonneville T100 and T120

The new Triumph Bud Ekins Bonneville T120 and T100 commemorates the motorcycle stuntman and off-road racer

TRIUMPH have announced a special edition T120 and T100 to celebrate and commemorate the late Bud Ekins, made famous for the iconic motorcycle jump in the film The Great Escape.

Both bikes feature a one-off ‘Californian inspired’ paint scheme – whatever that is – and is fitted with a Monza filler cap, LED indicators, knurled handlebar grips and dedicated black engine badges.

The special edition machines are only available in the two-tone paint scheme as pictured, and they feature the flying globe emblem, synonymous with the Hollywood stuntman. Triumph have also used the heritage Triumph logo on the tank, further echoing the styling of the bikes Ekins and his lifelong friend Steve McQueen rode at the time. The bikes both come with a certificate of authenticity, signed by CEO Triumph CEO Nick Bloor and both of Ekins’ daughters.

Who was Bud Ekins?

Ekins was born in LA in 1930, he learned to ride in the nearby Hollywood Hills, honing his off-road skills long before he could legally ride on the road.  Luckily, California was host to a thriving off-road racing fraternity and even by his late teenage years he earned a mighty reputation as one of SoCal’s top motocross and desert racers.

Ekins’ success in the mid-fifties coincided with Triumph’s emergence as a major player in world motorcycling, with both parties playing their roles in re-defining what a motorcycle was capable of. Triumph’s famous managing director and design chief, Edward Turner, continued to develop incredible Triumph twin engine motorcycles which were becoming increasingly powerful, efficient and reliable. Johnny Allen held the 1955 and 1956 motorcycle land speed world records using Triumph factory engines, and Ekins was forging a lasting alliance with Triumph motorcycles that would ultimately see him regarded as America’s top off-road racer and also a celebrated Triumph dealership owner.

Triumph Bud Ekins Bonneville T100 and T120 specs

 

Bonneville T100 Bud Ekins SE

Bonneville T120 Bud Ekins SE

Engine Type

Liquid cooled, 8 valve

SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin

Liquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin

Capacity

900cc

1200 cc

Bore/Stroke

84.6mm x 80mm

97.6 x 80 mm

Compression Ratio

10.55:1

10.0:1

Maximum Power

55 PS / 54 HP (40.5kW) @ 5900 rpm

80 PS / 79 BHP (59 kW) @ 6,550 rpm

Maximum Torque

80Nm @ 3230 rpm

105 Nm @ 3,100 rpm

Fuel system

Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection

Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection

Exhaust

Chromed 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin silencers

Chromed 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin silencers

Final drive

X-ring chain

X-ring chain

Clutch

Wet, multi-plate assist clutch, cable operated

Wet, multi-plate assist clutch, cable operated

Gearbox

5-speed

6-speed

Frame

Tubular steel cradle

Tubular steel cradle

Swingarm

Twin-sided, tubular steel

Twin-sided, tubular steel

Front Wheel

32-spoke 18 x 2.75in

32-spoke 18 x 2.75in

Rear Wheel

32-spoke 17 x 4.25in

32-spoke 17 x 4.25in

Front Tyre

100/90-18

100/90-18

Rear Tyre

150/70 R17

150/70 R17

Front Suspension

KYB 41mm cartridge forks, 120mm travel

KYB 41mm cartridge forks, 120mm travel

Rear Suspension

KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel

KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel

Front Brake

Single 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS

Twin 310mm discs, Nissin 2-piston floating calipers, ABS

Rear Brake

Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS

Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS

Width (Handlebars)

715 mm

785 mm

Height Without Mirrors

1,100 mm

1,125 mm

Seat Height

790 mm

785 mm

Wheelbase

1,450 mm

1,445 mm

Rake

25.5 º

25.5 º

Trail

104 mm

105.2 mm

Dry Weight

213 kg

224 Kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

14.5 L

14.5 L

Instruments

LCD multi-functional instrument pack with analogue speedometer, analogue tachometer, odometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication, service indicator, clock, 2x trip, average & current fuel consumption display, traction control status display, throttle mode status display, heated grip status (accessory) and cruise control ready - controlled by a handlebar mounted scroll button (accessory).

LCD multi-functional instrument pack with analogue speedometer, analogue tachometer, odometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication, service indicator, clock, 2x trip, average & current fuel consumption display, traction control status display, throttle mode status display, heated grip status (accessory) and cruise control ready - controlled by a handlebar mounted scroll button (accessory).

Fuel Consumption

3.8 l/100km (74 MPG)

4.5 l/100km (63 MPG)

CO2 Emissions

89 g/km        

103.0 g/km        

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