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  1. JamesBomb77

    JamesBomb77 New Member

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    Unfortunately my budget is under $5000. Can you please recommend anything in my price range? Being that I am 5'8" with a 29" inseam. What would you consider about a 2003 Speedmater with only 2300 miles. I'ts selling for $3400 and I'd have to get shipped another $700. On NADA price was very low but without inputting miles. I'm wondering if this bike is priced fair and if it sits lower than a 2013 Speedmaster. What would you consider to be a better bike?
    Also no experience yet. Thanks ~James
     
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  2. JamesBomb77

    JamesBomb77 New Member

    Nov 23, 2018
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    Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately my budget is under $5000. Can you please recommend anything in my price range. Being that I am 5'8" with a 29" inseam. What would you consider about a 2003 Speedmater 800 with only 2300 miles. I'ts selling for $3400 and I'd have to get shipped another $700. On NADA price was very low but without inputting miles. I'm wondering if this bike is priced fair and if it sits lower than a 2013 Speedmaster. What would you consider to be a better bike? Keeping into consideration Im 5'8" with a 29" inseam. Also no experience yet.
     
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  3. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising

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    Hi apart from the street twin which has already been mentioned, I’m not sure there anything in the Triumph range that will meet your full requirements.
    Whilst I appreciate that you want a Triumph and why wouldn’t you cause they are great bikes, you might initially need to look at other brands. Just my thoughts....
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  4. Wishbone

    Wishbone First Class Member

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    I am exactly same height and in-seam and my Speedmaster is the first bike I am close to flat footing.

    Go for it you will not regret it ;)
     
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  5. Rich Bryce

    Rich Bryce Dead Eye Dick

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    Welcome James. You won't be too small for the bike bud, but for your first bike also consider the 865efi Bonnie or Bonnie SE. And the more modern Street Twin is great value and very easy to ride.
     
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  6. JamesBomb77

    JamesBomb77 New Member

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    Cool thanks, I'll consider those as a first bike before I proceed. ~James
     
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  7. Tony Richardson

    Tony Richardson Active Member

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    I'm only 5ft6", with a 29" inside leg, but the low (750mm) seat height on my Street Twin means that I can get both feet flat on the ground, very reassuring, also, I find the 270 crank engine a delight to ride, with more than enough real world power for me.
     
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  8. Rich Bryce

    Rich Bryce Dead Eye Dick

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    I've a 29" inside seam too. I found the Street Twin seat height just a tad too low for my arthritic hips so put the bench seat on it. Perfect. We sell a lot of the STwin to new riders at Woburn. It's such an easy machine to ride in town, on the twisties, filtering traffic The only thing it struggles with is keeping up with the litre sports bikes on the sweeping A roads, but it will out-ride them on the tight twisties, at least it does when I'm on board - it virtually rides it self.

    Here's a video of me on my Street Twin following Ron aka Mr Orange on his America at the 2017 forum GMU. Appologies for the quality, it was p!$$!ng down.
     
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  9. joe mc donald

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    James.
    Welcome to the Family great peeps here. Why don't you see if you can find an adventurer or a legend both in the thunderbird style but I believe lower bikes especially the Legend and it is rider friendly.
    Keep us all informed as we will be routing for you to get that bike and send us all lots of pic's.
    Regards
    Joe.
     
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  10. joe mc donald

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    Dozers Dad
    I stand corrected. Sorry I was just thinking of leg measurement. Forgot everything else.
    Ride Safe
    Joe
     
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  11. JamesBomb77

    JamesBomb77 New Member

    Nov 23, 2018
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    Hi, I was hoping to get some thoughts on a 2007 Bonnie Scrambler I found for sale. How would this motorcycle be for a new rider with a 29" inseam? I live in the desert and thought it would be great to run up fire roads on while gaining experience. Thank you
     
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  12. JamesBomb77

    JamesBomb77 New Member

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    Ok thanks that’s what I was afraid of understandably for ground clearance over rocks and things... Although Ido love the idea! Do you think i should forget about this Scrambler right now and keep on my search for lower cruisers like a Speedmasters or can this Scrambler be safety be lowered to fit my size? How much of a difference in size and manageability are we talking? Thanks again for giving me your thoughts and consideration.
     
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  13. JamesBomb77

    JamesBomb77 New Member

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    Can you please tell me the difference between the blue and black 2013 “Bonneville Speedmaster” and the flat black “Speedmaster” if any besides for color? Are they the same seat height? Thank you, just a little confusion on my part.
     
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  14. BigCLM

    BigCLM Senior Member

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    No one mentioned the Bonneville NewChurch. Also check it out if you see one. will be cheaper and styled like the Street Twin.
     
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  15. David Cooper

    David Cooper Triumph Rocketeer.
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    Hello and welcome to the forum James.

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  16. JamesBomb77

    JamesBomb77 New Member

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    That’s great thank you much appreciated! I’m trying my best to broaden my search to find the best suitable bike.
     
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  17. Callumity

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  18. BigCLM

    BigCLM Senior Member

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    Here is a pic of the Newchurch FYI

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  19. Helmut Visor

    Helmut Visor Only dead fish go with the flow
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    To be honest you should just go with whatever you feel happiest with. Yes, there maybe some learning to be done and maybe the odd scrape at low or zero speed while you are in that period but as long as you are happy with that then just go for it and learn on the job. Each bike comes with it's own issues, power delivery, centre of gravity etc but you learn to deal with it. Get what you want, have fun on it, learn with it and fix it when you need to.
    Clearly there is a lot of experience here and it's wise to heed some advice but at the end of the day only you can decide what you want and how you gain your experience. Enjoy :cool::cool:
     
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  20. joe mc donald

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    James
    The difference black you have instant friends on here. Any other colour you have to pay for the Jack Daniels. Really Mate you need to go have a look and a good test ride and you will convince your self as to what machine is for you. All the advice won't matter when you see your right partner.
    Ride Safe
    Joe
     
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