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post #11 of 42 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 01:27 PM
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Agree with all the Pros except my knees were too high for mel

Bad seat
Bad shocks
Bad exhaust
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Love my Bonnie Black, yes better shocks, and I feel lucky after 14k mikes only two oil leaks, all covered under warranty. Couldn't be happier with the love of my life. The bike is non judgmental, like my dog, not my wife. Just love the machine, couldn't be better.

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I didn't list the seat in my "cons" because I've had at least a dozen motorcycles in my life and I have never been happy with the stock seats. Some are better than others but none are great. I should get my custom seat back from the shop this week.

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post #14 of 42 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 05:59 PM
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2)Oil leaks. Four so far and waiting for more Only 3500 miles on it.
I think you may have inadvertently purchased the "Vintage Package". :-)

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I'm surprised with the leaks. I've only had the weeping head gasket and fixed that one with a new rubber gasket. Nothing leaked ever since that.
Same here.

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I have agree with all the pro's and con's listed so for but the most frustrating (con) for me is the Triumph spare parts supply chain. Everything that I have ordered from them is at least a 10 day wait.
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post #17 of 42 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 11:38 PM
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I agree with the pros everyone else has stated.
No 6th gear
Stock suspension, tires and brakes
I would like to see a bump to 80bhp and/or a drop in weight

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The one bad thing for me is refiting the rear wheel,its a pain, other than that its all great.

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The only cons I can agree with is that it could have better shocks and brakes. I actually like the stock seat. I have a gel seat (came along with the bike from the previous owner) and I use stock most of the time.
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I agree with the pros everyone else has stated.
No 6th gear
Stock suspension, tires and brakes
I would like to see a bump to 80bhp and/or a drop in weight
A sixth gear? Seriously? Why?
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