For 2020 Triumph Motorcycles have announced two special edition Bonneville’s in T120 and T100 variants, celebrating the legendary motocross, desert racer and Hollywood stuntman Bud Ekins, who was the man behind the famous motorcycle jump in ‘The Great Escape’.
In honour of Ekins, each bike will feature a Californian inspired two-colour paint scheme with hand-painted coach lining as well as a host of special features, including the Triumph heritage logo, a flying globe Bud Ekins tank logo, dedicated front mudguard design and Bud Ekins side panel branding.
Both bikes will also include a Monza filler cap, LED indicators (in some markets), diamond knurled handlebar grips, bar end mirrors, and dedicated black engine badges.
The famous movie jump was the brain child of Steve McQueen, who recommended Bud Ekins for the stunt role, with the duo working out the requirements of jumping a Triumph TR6 Trophy over a 12-foot barbed wire fence for a distance of 60-foot, all on grass.
Bud Ekins ran a Triumph dealership after his earlier racing success on a Triumph and would continue stunting for Hollywood for 30-years, alongside running his dealership.
Bud Ekins Bonneville T120 Special Edition
The T120 features the 1200cc high-torque Bonneville parallel-twin producing 105 Nm at 3100rpm, with a 270-degree firing interval, six-speed gearbox, Ride-by-Wire and full engine management system.
Peak power is 59 kW at 6550 rpm, with a chromed two-into-two exhaust.
Standard features include two riding modes, traction control, ABS, a torque assist clutch, DRL headlight, LED rear light, USB charging socket, engine immobiliser and twin clocks for instrumentation with an LCD display and analogue speedo and tacho.
Suspension is provided by KYB with 41mm cartridge forks and twin shocks with adjustable preload, with 120mm of travel at each end. A tubular steel cradle frame and twin-sided tubular steel swingarm are also featured.
The T120 features dual 310mm rotors with Nissin two-piston calipers, alongside a 255mm rear rotor and two-piston caliper.
The T120 weighs in at 224 kg dry and has a 14.5L fuel tank capacity.
Bud Ekins Bonneville T100 Special Edition
For those not after the same level of power, the T100 offers the Bonneville 900 cc powerplant, also a parallel-twin, with 80 Nm of torque at 3200rpm and peak power of 40.5 kW at 5900 rpm.
The T100 also features a 270-degree firing interval, with Ride-by-Wire and a five-speed gearbox. Switchable traction control is standard, alongside a torque assist clutch and engine immobiliser.
A single 310mm front rotor is joined by a Nissin two-piston caliper, with a 255mm rear rotor and two-piston caliper, both backed up by ABS.
The T100 also features twin-clocks as seen on the T120, with a USB charging socket under the seat.
Weighing in at 213 kg dry the T100 features a 14.5L fuel capacity, and features the same KYB suspension setup at the T120, alongside the tubular steel cradle frame and twin-sided swingarm, with 32-spoke wheels.