Hi all looking for tips and advice

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  1. curly

    curly Noble Member

    Jul 3, 2016
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    Well Nige,
    anything useful to you here amongst several helpful responses to your request for advice/tips?

    Curly
     
  2. Rich Bryce

    Rich Bryce Dead Eye Dick

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    Welcome Nige. I ride a 2010 SE, with the 17" alloys which definitely improves handling on the twisties compared to the T100 I tried. However the stock seat on the SE, and so the basic Bonnie, meant agony after only a few miles (arthritis didn't help) so I put on the solo gel, which is fabulous, and also adds a tad more leg room. I have Norman Hide low handlebars which gives a look and riding position I much prefer, and a few other tricked out bits 'n pieces. I had the performance improvements to airbox, mapping etc done too, which are well worth it imo.

    If you want an all rounder with enough grunt to make progress, and aren't too fussed about track days, then the 865 Bonnie is a cracking good grin-maker. The only real negative is the tank size. You're in twitchy-bum-anxious-time mode thinking about the next fuel stop after only 100-odd miles.

    I'm picking up one of the 2016 Street Twins on Saturday. Haven't even ridden one yet, only sat on one parked outside Pure Triumph, so not too sure about it's low seat on the roas- but I couldn't resist the price the guy wants for it. I'll post a review early next week.
     
  3. Hulltriumph

    Hulltriumph New Member

    Dec 8, 2016
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    Gotta say a huge and grateful thanks to everyone who posted, it's been a while coming but finally next week I'm gonna make a choice and buy either a speedmaster or America, cheers everyone pictures to follow
     
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  4. Andy_S

    Andy_S Active Member

    Jul 19, 2016
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    Looking at your name suggests that you're not far from me, I have a 2011 america so if you need anything just give me a shout...
    Andy
     
  5. steve lovatt

    steve lovatt Something else

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    Better to seek
    Better to seek forgiveness than permission Ade!o_O
     
  6. dilligaf

    dilligaf Guest

    Go for it mate :cool:
    Both good bikes :p
     
  7. steve lovatt

    steve lovatt Something else

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    Just out of curiosity, what are the main differences between the two?
     
  8. Andy_S

    Andy_S Active Member

    Jul 19, 2016
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    One is shiney with a single front disc and wider bars the other isn't....
     
  9. dilligaf

    dilligaf Guest

    If you like polishing get the America
    If you're looking for of a bobber old school look (badass) get the speedmaster like me :imp:
    Underneath it's basically the same bike :)
    Speedmaster!
    Speedmaster!
    Speedmaster!
    Speedmaster!
    Speedmaster!:p
    Upto you mate (speedmaster!)
     
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  10. capt

    capt Elite Member

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    Get the America ! They don't take to much to keep clean and shiny ! The chrome is really good quality ! Well in 2009 it was ;).

    Cheers capt.
     
  11. steve lovatt

    steve lovatt Something else

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    Don't sell yourself short (no pun intended) - you boast about B*W's all the time on a Triumph Forum - you can take it!:D
     
  12. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising

    Apr 27, 2016
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    Congratulations, what ever you finally choose I'm sure you will enjoy.
    Wessa
     
  13. Hulltriumph

    Hulltriumph New Member

    Dec 8, 2016
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    Absolutely Curly , really appreciate all the tips and advice from people here. It's helped me decide on which model after months of deliberating , and saving lol, all things being well I'll be riding a triumph bonneville next week after 30 years of yearning ! Thanks everyone
     
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  14. darkman

    darkman Crème de la Crème

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    You chose wisely :)
     
  15. Winglad

    Winglad Crème de la Crème

    Dec 21, 2016
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    Hi!
    As I can see, you already met the crowd.
    Now you also met the Kraut.
    :D
     
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  16. Shamus13

    Shamus13 Well-Known Member

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    Can't comment on the Bonnie but hello & welcome from a fellow Hullite.
     
  17. Hulltriumph

    Hulltriumph New Member

    Dec 8, 2016
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    Guten abend Wing lad wie gehts? Wo aus Deutschland wòhnen sie ? Bitter endschulingen meine deutsch is niche zu gut, danke fur deine wilkommen
     
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  18. Hulltriumph

    Hulltriumph New Member

    Dec 8, 2016
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    Got another question to throw out there.....what would you say is the life expectancy of an 865 Bonneville engine ? OK I know there are a thousand factors, servicing, new parts, how it's ridden, how it's maintained, etc. Let's just say all things being done as and when required to a good standard and ridden conscientiously, how many miles do you think the engine will stay 'tight' for ? I'm asking because I've found another to be taken into consideration but it has a lot more miles on it. I'm not going to be doing huge mileages each year or great distances and can afford a genuine Triumph service annually so once bought it will be meticulously maintained for the duration of my ownership. Do you think that if once bought, I got a major service and updated ecu tune that it will matter less, that it is high mileage (35k), to start with ? The bike looks as though it has been cared for although only showing two dealership services, (waiting to find out if previous owner did some themselves), I ve read that the 20k service is supposed to be virtually a major overhaul ? It's ten years old so that's only 3.5k a year which isn't a lot, is it ? Appreciate any feed back thanks
     
  19. Winglad

    Winglad Crème de la Crème

    Dec 21, 2016
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    Hallo Nige!
    Dein Deutsch ist grossartig!
    Ich wohne in der Nähe von Frankfurt/Main im Bundesland Hessen. :)

    That's where they produce (AND DRINK) the world renowned Äppelwoi (that would be a cidre in English!?)...
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    (here you see the typical Hessian afternoon snack... ;))

    Prost!
    :grinning:
     
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  20. Winglad

    Winglad Crème de la Crème

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    ... and sorry, can not help you with this, but I am sure there are quite a few experienced technicians out and about on this site!
    My Trumpets always have been fairly new...
    And my Yamaha 1300 is supposed to run 100.000 Klicks easily.
    Man would I be proud to achieve that... :oops:

    Cheers!
     

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