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Discussion in 'Bonneville' started by rudderpedals, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. rudderpedals

    rudderpedals Well-Known Member

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    #1 rudderpedals, Aug 23, 2017
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    Hello Everyone glad to be a part of this forum. I've been coming here to the forum on and off for the past few years learning all I can on the Bonneville and other Triumph products. I was hanging on and waiting to see the new 2018 Harley Davidson line up. The new changes are wonderful! But, for someone who is approaching 60 (next June) the Bonneville fits the bill (weight wise).

    The Heritage softail would be my bike of choice if I were to be choosing a Harley. They are awesome to ride and very comfortable. But they are heavy.

    My siblings and nephews all ride Harley's! I guess I'll be the odd man out. This Christmas Santa will be riding a Bonneville under the Christmas tree.
     
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  2. MickEng

    MickEng Noble Member

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    Welcome to the forum RP.
    Interesting introduction and a fantastic choice of bike the T120
     
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  3. Tigcraft

    Tigcraft Senior Member
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    I've found new Harley's to need fixing From new just to make them handle at a massive cost where triumphs are ready to ride and only need mild tinkering later in ownership, they both hold their values better than any other bike here in the uk.
     
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  4. Valkman

    Valkman New Member
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    Welcome to the Forum. I don't think you'll be disappointed with the T120.:)
     
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  5. Callumity

    Callumity Active Member
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    Good choice. The thing that has always put me off HD is their weight across the line up. The T120 is no gym bunny but still 50lbs lighter than a Sportster. As I get more obese I need my bikes to get slimmer!
     
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  6. BonnieCat

    BonnieCat Senior Member

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    Well coming from a heavy weight bike the Triumph Trophy, the T120 feels like a little 125. Seriously it feels so tiny and nimble in comparison. I'm picking up my new T120 in a couple of weeks. You've made a good choice.
     
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  7. rudderpedals

    rudderpedals Well-Known Member

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    #7 rudderpedals, Aug 24, 2017
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    By the way when I first moved to Kansas City...my first job was a salesperson at a Harley Davidson dealership. They are great bikes! I had the opportunity to ride them all. As I get older and the Bonneville is perfect and they are so much easier to move around. :).
     
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  8. Dougie D

    Dougie D Crème de la Crème

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    Hi RP welcome to the forum
     
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  9. Tal

    Tal Active Member

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    [​IMG]From England RP.I've got a new Bonnie and a 15year old Heritage Softail,i'm a happy bunny.
     
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  10. Winglad

    Winglad The Ungerman
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    Welcome from Germany!

    I fully understand your dilemma...
    But you picked a great bike. I own an Iron 883 (and ride it virtually unchanged) and a Bonnie T120.
    I really love them both and I wouldn't know, which one to sell, if I had to.

    Just spent 3 days touring through Germany on the Harley with a waterproof 7kg backpack as my only luggage.
    Great fun.
    But today I took the Bonnie out for a 100 klicks and thought: it's like a Suisse watch-movement. Everything works not with chunks and clunks, but with clicks and ticks...

    And I love it both ways :)

    Since you are familiar with HD, you will love the differences in the Bonnie!

    Cheers,
    Daniel
     
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  11. 45Brit2017

    45Brit2017 Well-Known Member

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    I had the choice, and I've also got a 1992 Sportster XL, and I chose the Bonneville. In a lot of ways it's like the older Sportster but without (most of) the vibration...
     
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  12. christy d

    christy d New Member

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  13. joe mc donald

    joe mc donald Active Member
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    I already have a t120. No its not a Harley and no where near. I just don't like it. Its lazy and sounds numb. Great for motorways but useless in town up and down the gears all the time where as my t100 is fabulous. But this is just my opinion. I am actually thinking about selling my t120 and going back to a wide glide which I loved or a late Norton. The bike are not build in the UK any more and it tells. But again just my opinion for what its worth.
    Good Luck and ride safe
    Joe.
     
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  14. Tim Holt

    Tim Holt New Member

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    Love my old Night Train twin cam but really do like the Tiger 800 and the new Scrambler. Have a 1200 Bandit for knocking about on and would really would like to up grade that. Tested both the Tiger and the Scrambler but means getting a loan which i find a bit frightening. Who knows maybe like you Santa may bring me a toy. ps, I'm 61 next month so if not now, when.!!
     
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  15. joe mc donald

    joe mc donald Active Member
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    Its only money and if you can have one minute of happiness then go for it. To much sadness about these days. My other half likes to save but if I want something then I just go and get it. My Dad was 58 never had a holiday never went of work. He loved his motorbikes but he got ill and passed away suddenly. I loved him to bits but just think he missed every thing.
    Regards
    Joe.
     
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  16. Tigcraft

    Tigcraft Senior Member
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    I think that's the right way of thinking these days. We're a long time dead!! No point being the richest in a grave yard!!
     
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  17. rudderpedals

    rudderpedals Well-Known Member

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    As they say...different strokes for different folks. I appreciate you're honesty. As a kid Triumphs and Honda's were the bike to own. The HD were not very reliable back in the 70's and early 80's.
     
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  18. littleade

    littleade Elite Member
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    Welcome in RP. Do some test rides and then decide....though this might help;)

     
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  19. Woznotwoz

    Woznotwoz Member

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    I've had several Harleys over the years and I sold my 1200 Sportster before purchasing the T120. I do quite like my T120 which over all is a better machine than my Sportster. However, somehow it feels a little bland imho. The T120 feels like a washing machine set at spin....:rolleyes:
     
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  20. rudderpedals

    rudderpedals Well-Known Member

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    Bland? Can you expand on that. :)
     
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