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TXRider60
02-01-2011, 10:04 PM
Since adding an '09 Bonnie to our little stable last year, I'm curious to know how many TWTxers own or ride these bikes (or the "sportier" Triumphs, for that matter).

ItchyBob
02-01-2011, 10:39 PM
T100 & ST 1050.

Jbay
02-02-2011, 08:43 AM
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff142/jbay524/crf100f/IMG_0314.jpg

I have a couple Triumphs right now

Austin has a big Triumph RAT group, paging David (Whoaa)

alancb
02-02-2011, 09:37 AM
Sprint and Speedmaster, his and hers

47modelbrit
02-02-2011, 09:57 AM
2003 Bonneville, bought new and it was my first bike in 25 years.

Hemibee
02-02-2011, 10:20 AM
I'd love to have a Bonnie and Scrambler to go with my Tiger but no funds available to increase the herd.


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WhiskeySmith
02-02-2011, 10:53 AM
It's not on your list TXRider60, but it is a Triumph.

'05 Rocket III

-On the way to South Padre Island in 2005-
http://www.twtex.com/photopost/data/500/medium/SPI_Bikefest_October_2005_001.jpg

TXRider60
02-02-2011, 11:14 AM
Consider the list expanded! Wouldn't want to leave "The Big Guy" out of the Triumph lineup.

bowieadvrider
02-09-2011, 11:33 PM
I just sold my 09 Bonnie SE and bought a new Tiger. Loved the Bonnie but the Tiger is something special.

Hemibee
02-10-2011, 07:10 AM
Black Betty...
http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/3021/1000023aa.jpg

whoa
02-10-2011, 10:20 AM
or the "sportier" Triumphs
Like the Thruxton? ;)

EncoreJoe
02-11-2011, 05:25 PM
I'll be riding my 2008 Scrambler to 'Round the Bend in a couple of weeks!

rvbeemer
02-11-2011, 06:00 PM
2006 red & black T100. Bought new in 11/05 from RPM.

bigcomfy
02-11-2011, 06:22 PM
My first bike was a Triumph TT600; very comfortable, quickish, dead reliable, and different from the CBRGSXRZX pack.

geolpilot
02-11-2011, 09:57 PM
2005 Bonneville. Been riding for 50 years and it is the best bike yet.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=17458&d=1297483060

TXRider60
02-13-2011, 07:52 PM
Thanks for the feedback, guys. I agree with geolpilot-- My '09 is the best all-around bike I've owned since my first, in '68 (with more than two dozen in between)! Passed a beautiful red and silver Triumph in my 'hood today (Independence, in Plano)-- probably an America.
WISH WE HAD A RAT IN NORTH TX.

EdSidders
02-23-2011, 09:45 AM
Y'all take good care of Bonnie Girl's grandkids:-P

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab213/EdSidders/79%20Bonnie%20Girl/0906101203a.jpg

79 T140E survivor now 4 K miles......

innominate
02-23-2011, 11:03 AM
:rider:

Ken Phenix
02-26-2011, 09:48 PM
When I was 10 or so, too young to touch the pavement, my dad sat me on my older brother's BSA 650 for my first solo around the parking lot. That was my first and only experience with a British bike - until last week. I test rode a 2007 Tiger. All I can say is OMG! What a fun bike!

landman650r
03-10-2011, 03:07 AM
Couple questions for Triumph owners...

I prefer the classic stiyle of the bonneville/thruxton but feel a need to get a larger 1100+cc engine. What is your opinion on the smaller engine vs larger?

Do you consider the Bonneville a good bike for longer distance riding?

I am interested in adding a sidecar IF I choose to go with a Bonneville...anyone know how well they are set up with sidecars? I found perry in FW and plan to speak with him one day.

I am up in there air about the America or the Bonneville...just trying to get some opinions.

geolpilot
03-10-2011, 08:55 AM
I have had a 790 cc bonnie for over 3 years and 21000 miles. If you like the feet forward, then maybe the America or Speedmaster, but the Bonnie has more hp. By putting on fairly open pipes, removing the air restricter in the air box, and a better air filter along with re jetting, I am getting about 68 hp. Some people have side cars. For much more information go to these two forums.

http://www.triumphrat.net/

http://www.newbonnevilleriders.com/forum/index.php

I have been riding since 1960 and I like my bonnie better than any bike that I have owned, including a Moto Guzzi 850 T.

With dual sport tires, it can easily handle easy dirt like gravel roads.

mi1lertm
03-10-2011, 09:39 PM
I had a Tiger 1050 (2010) for a few days last weekend. Very comfortable, high quailty brakes and suspension, nice upright position. All in all, it was a good bike. Not quite the low end grunt that my B1250 has but it had a very linear power band. The wind screen was better then my double bubble on my bike. Transmision was very smooth and it was a fun bike to ride. It tended to slow down about 130mph and had difficlty pulling over that speed. Six gear passes on the freeway were not too bad, I did not need to downshift into 5th. Moreover the stock sound was quiet untill it got over 7K then it had a nice growl to it. I had the non-abs and it goes for about $11,900, I had fun and it even comes with the SS brake lines and upside down forks.

Mark

TXRider60
03-21-2011, 10:16 PM
I've owned bigger bikes (BMW's and one HD) but haven't felt the need for more power since I got the Bonnie... And the weight-to-displacement ratio is probably a big part of the reason-- I wouldn't want to add 100 pounds just to get 100 more cc's (but that's just me)!

47modelbrit
03-25-2011, 07:39 AM
For much more information go to these two forums.

http://www.triumphrat.net/

http://www.newbonnevilleriders.com/forum/index.php



Another useful forum is:
http://forums.delphiforums.com/New_Bonneville
I think there are one or two with sidecars on there.

EncoreJoe
04-05-2011, 05:31 PM
I'll be riding my 2008 Scrambler to 'Round the Bend in a couple of weeks!

Traded up to a Tiger 1050!

mi1lertm
04-07-2011, 12:11 AM
I did like that Tiger 1050, what year did you get 2011 or 2010? Very nice suspension setup for a stock bike. I also loved the windscreen, I'm 6'4" and it did a very good job. Moreover, very relaxed riding position. Enjoy.

Mark

EncoreJoe
04-07-2011, 08:52 PM
I did like that Tiger 1050, what year did you get 2011 or 2010? Very nice suspension setup for a stock bike. I also loved the windscreen, I'm 6'4" and it did a very good job. Moreover, very relaxed riding position. Enjoy.

Mark

I've got the 2010. It's a good one!

BigChiefWoody
04-22-2011, 07:31 AM
I had a T-100 that I liked a lot..I ride a Rocket III now.

mi1lertm
04-23-2011, 05:02 AM
I had a T-100 that I liked a lot..I ride a Rocket III now.


I guess size matters :trust:

I saw those at the dealer as well, big is a understatment for that motor. I was told that they hide there weight well when moving. Tq monster as well.

Mark

donroger1
04-23-2011, 11:03 AM
Bought an '01 Bonnie a couple of weeks ago.
It is certainly not an FJR but it is a hoot to ride.
Plan to keep it for a very long time.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r153/donroger1/My%20Bikes/IMG_1028.jpg

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r153/donroger1/My%20Bikes/IMG_4899.jpg

BigChiefWoody
04-23-2011, 05:01 PM
I guess size matters :trust:

I saw those at the dealer as well, big is a understatment for that motor. I was told that they hide there weight well when moving. Tq monster as well.

Mark

Its a big bike, but its very easily managed. I don't think I've ever ridden a poor-handling Triumph.

Tasi
04-23-2011, 07:28 PM
It will do it but struggles compared to Bandit Or even a Tuono.
WE have a Bonn. + Ban. +Tu.
Needs better suspension and ride position gives me a sore back .O.K at
100-110 kph . My g\friend does 900 ks a day on the Bonn.on a trip so maybe i'm spoilt .

geolpilot
04-26-2011, 10:41 PM
I have had an 05 Bonnie for 3.5 years. It is a great bike with a few upgrades, including progressive springs up front and good shocks like Hagons on the back. Then put in a flowing air filter, get rid of the snorkel and open up the end of the airbox to the inside diameter of the filter and re-jet. Get a better seat, like the solo or the Scrambler gel. I have put on 20,000 miles since I got it and have yet to see a bike I would rather have. It now has Metzeler Tourance tires so it is pretty good on gravel roads and still good on the pavement. I would buy another one. Oh, I am still on my first quart of make up oil after 20k miles. Oh, it needs good free flowing mufflers like Predators or Sleepers. I have the sleepers. These simple mods give it about 68 rear wheel hp.

TWTim
04-26-2011, 10:56 PM
It's funny, but this thread couldn't have been started at a more apropos time for me. Having resigned myself to the fact that Mama Kaw is never gonna bring the W800 to America, I've lately been finding myself reading about and researching Bonnies and Thruxtons -- but mainly Thruxtons.

Thruxton videos like the one below have really started to seriously peak my interests, but without a Triumph dealership within 300 miles, it makes it kind of hard to shop for one:

http://www.youtube.com/v/urMK5YesRdg?fs=1&hl=en_US

I'd be interested in hearing opinions from Thruxton owners, especially with regard to reliability and performance. Yes indeed, this bike has really been on my mind lately.

:drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

Hemibee
05-02-2011, 01:39 AM
Bought an '01 Bonnie a couple of weeks ago.
It is certainly not an FJR but it is a hoot to ride.
Plan to keep it for a very long time.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r153/donroger1/My%20Bikes/IMG_1028.jpg

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r153/donroger1/My%20Bikes/IMG_4899.jpg


:dude: Nice scooter you've got there Don.

whoa
05-03-2011, 04:44 PM
without a Triumph dealership within 300 miles, it makes it kind of hard to shop for one

Used prices on these bikes make them great buys. Assuming you buy used, having a dealer near probably isn't a big deal.

I'm closing in on 50,000 miles on my Thruxton, and it's very much my fun bike. I've not had it on long days like I did the Tiger, but I've taken a few 500 mile days and other than cramped knees, it's been fine.

The bike isn't a performer, but it turns nicely, leans far, and gives big smiles at less speed than the inlines. The bike is solid in mechanicals and finish. My warranty work was a replaced front brake rotor and an oil slinger (keeps oil out of the breather), and I've done most of the service work since I bought it new.

The later models are EFI which isn't a bad way to go. I've not ridden it two up, and really wouldn't want to. There's virtually no storage, so a tank bag and back pack fill that roll as needed. If I lost this bike, I'd replace it with another Thruxton.

TWTim
05-03-2011, 05:45 PM
If I lost this bike, I'd replace it with another Thruxton.

Thanks for all that great info. I appreciate it. What do you reckon you're making in horsepower to the ground with the Thruxton?

Hairsmith
05-05-2011, 09:54 AM
I have big desires for the scrambler, but the claimed 52-53 HP discourages me from spending my money. It's a 900cc motorcycle for goodness sakes, my 28 year old RS makes more than that and weighs less with a full fairing.
I will admit I have never ridden one of the new triumph twins, maybe riding one would make me forget the numbers, I even stopped in a triumph dealership last Sat. And could not even get any one to talk to me much less a test ride. It's also a HD dealer and I did park my RS rite out front.
They also had a new tigger 800 on the floor ! That looks sweet ! I have a feeling it will be head to head comp. For the 800 GS.

whoa
05-05-2011, 02:10 PM
Thanks for all that great info. I appreciate it. What do you reckon you're making in horsepower to the ground with the Thruxton?

Mid 50s on the ground I think. I've heard the comments before about displacement and HP compared to other 900cc bikes. It's a long stroke parallel twin and delivers well on overall torque rather than quick shifting through an inline short stroke. For me, two lane back roads, banging up and down 2nd - 4th in that 40s-80s mph is grin time.

I'm 215ish lbs, always solo, and the bike just makes me happy. I have to push expensive speeds on the Speed3 to smile as broadly. Even thinking about track days at TWS with those two long straights, I'm still of the mind the Thruxton is more fun than the S3. Maybe I'm just strange?

TWTim
05-05-2011, 10:03 PM
Mid 50s on the ground I think. I've heard the comments before about displacement and HP compared to other 900cc bikes. It's a long stroke parallel twin and delivers well on overall torque rather than quick shifting through an inline short stroke. For me, two lane back roads, banging up and down 2nd - 4th in that 40s-80s mph is grin time.

I'm 215ish lbs, always solo, and the bike just makes me happy. I have to push expensive speeds on the Speed3 to smile as broadly. Even thinking about track days at TWS with those two long straights, I'm still of the mind the Thruxton is more fun than the S3. Maybe I'm just strange?

Nah, you're not strange at all. In fact, that riding-a-slow-bike-fast vibe is what I'm after right now. The torque and sound and feel of a bike like that can give many of the same great riding sensations without going 130 to achieve them on a higher-horsepower bike.

TXRider60
05-05-2011, 10:13 PM
Having had several BMWs with comparable HP, I have to agree with whoa's "grin factor" post... I've never had a motorcycle that delivered more fun per mile (and I'm also amazed at how much better it sounds, every time I add a few more miles to the odometer.
IMO, YMMV, void where prohibited by law.

tlogan675
05-05-2011, 11:17 PM
Just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in. I have a 2000 Thunderbird Sport, a 09 Street triple, a 01 Bonnie.
The Thunderbird always gets picked first and always gives me the most grins per mile.
The Bonnie I bought for my wife to ride, but I kinda like the easy going laid back nature of the bike, perfect for a lazy laid back sunday ride.
The street triple is easily the fastest, lightest and best handling and least comfortable of the three. If it says triumph on the tank you cant go wrong!

TWTim
05-06-2011, 09:45 AM
Just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in. I have a 2000 Thunderbird Sport, a 09 Street triple, a 01 Bonnie.
The Thunderbird always gets picked first and always gives me the most grins per mile.
The Bonnie I bought for my wife to ride, but I kinda like the easy going laid back nature of the bike, perfect for a lazy laid back sunday ride.
The street triple is easily the fastest, lightest and best handling and least comfortable of the three. If it says triumph on the tank you cant go wrong!

:welcome: to TWT! :thumb:

TXRider60
05-27-2011, 09:43 PM
Got to browse through a couple of dozen classic and mostly unrestored bikes today, at Big D Cycle... Some of my favorites were the BSA Victor 441, a Rickman Triumph, a Norton with what appeared to be an aluminum tank, even Vincents and some of the others that I didn't see as a teenager. Great experience.

Anger
05-27-2011, 10:12 PM
My wife has one. I ride it occasionally. Its a bit cramped but I like the simplicity and the exhaust note of the twin.

rcantrell52
06-02-2011, 07:10 AM
Below is a ad on Ebay, I would appreciate all pro/con comments from those who are more knowledgeable than I!
Reese


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-Triumph-Bonneville-Low-miles-exc-cond-/110694963803?pt=US_motorcycles&hash=item19c5ef1a5b

geolpilot
06-02-2011, 08:01 AM
I have an 05 bonnie and I with 22k miles. That bike is a steal.

Jeremy J
06-07-2011, 08:32 PM
Bought my Thruxton in April. It is my first Brit bike. I have had several japanese sport bikes and I had a CB750 that I had mildly cafe'd out. The Thruxton is a blast. Sometimes I wonder if I should have gone T100, but never wonder if there was anything else (other than those two) I would want. The twin sounds great with the BC predators and you get a nice rwhp bump from those and AEK. I work from home and it is brutal looking for a reason to go out and ride during the week. I take any chance I can to go ride where I never felt that way about my cb750.

Hemibee
06-07-2011, 09:32 PM
Below is a ad on Ebay, I would appreciate all pro/con comments from those who are more knowledgeable than I!
Reese


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-Triumph-Bonneville-Low-miles-exc-cond-/110694963803?pt=US_motorcycles&hash=item19c5ef1a5b

Didn't see your post before the auction ended. The Bonnie is a nice bike, fun to ride and those that own them love 'em. For the price, the one in the ad looked like a good one.

A con for the Bonnie, that would be no wind protection but then again most of the folks that buy and ride them aren't the touring crowd so that really isn't much of a con.

A pro for a Bonnie, the fun factor of owning and riding an old school naked bike. Another plus, it's not an Asian bike.

Triumph has a rep of electrical gremlins but most, if not all of them are easily cured by anyone with a little common sense. But isn't that the case with any British vehicle? Well maybe not the Jag and Land Rover but the rest are pretty simple to cure.


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Hemibee
06-08-2011, 04:42 AM
Below is a ad on Ebay, I would appreciate all pro/con comments from those who are more knowledgeable than I!
Reese


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-Triumph-Bonneville-Low-miles-exc-cond-/110694963803?pt=US_motorcycles&hash=item19c5ef1a5b

I just saw your thread looking for a bike to transition from 3 to 2 wheels so I have a better idea how to answer your question. The Bonnie is a perfect bike for what you are looking for and the height of the bike should be just right. Stop by a Triumph dealer and test ride one, you will be sold on the Bonnie after a ride.

rcantrell52
06-08-2011, 04:52 PM
Hemibee,
Thanks for your posts regarding my question on Triumph Bonneville. About 30 minutes before the end of bidding the price was over $4600 and I had checked Kelly Blue Book and NADA which showed pricing of just over $4100. I don't know if $4600 was excessive or a good price for that bike. The reliability of the British bikes was very good info to have - a concern I've had. Don't know how good the service would be on them in Tyler.
Regards,
Reese

Hemibee
06-08-2011, 06:54 PM
Hemibee,
Thanks for your posts regarding my question on Triumph Bonneville. About 30 minutes before the end of bidding the price was over $4600 and I had checked Kelly Blue Book and NADA which showed pricing of just over $4100. I don't know if $4600 was excessive or a good price for that bike. The reliability of the British bikes was very good info to have - a concern I've had. Don't know how good the service would be on them in Tyler.
Regards,
Reese

The reliability concern is no problem. The electrical problems I spoke of were loose connections that folks didn't take care of and allowed to progress. I had the ignition switch go out on my Tiger, simple fix.

The $4600 doesn't seem excessive to me but then again I didn't check Blue Book prices which I would have before purchasing. But even with that said, the price still sounded good to me.

Service shouldn't be a problem, the bikes are so simple to work on should the need arise.

TXRider60
06-08-2011, 07:01 PM
Glad we had clarification on the reliability issue: My 09 Bonneville has been bullet-proof, or I wouldn't be selling my trusty old BMW. Unfortunately, Triumphs gained a mixed reputation during the 60's and 70's, and today's Triumphs are a whole new breed.

Hemibee
06-08-2011, 07:57 PM
Glad we had clarification on the reliability issue: My 09 Bonneville has been bullet-proof, or I wouldn't be selling my trusty old BMW. Unfortunately, Triumphs gained a mixed reputation during the 60's and 70's, and today's Triumphs are a whole new breed.

That's what I was trying to say but re-reading my post I realize it didn't come out that way, Triumph and all Brit vehicles HAD a rep for electrical problems that in the PAST was true.

Sorry I wasn't clear on what I meant to say.


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