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Buy the Bonny, you won't regret it. Good looking, plenty fast, easy to maintain and will get you where you're going. ........
Fair enough and true what you say, Magwitch. I will own my bias. I think powerful bikes (I put the Str 3 in that category) in the hands of inexperienced riders on the street greatly increases the chance of going into a corner too hot. "Pilot error", not other motor vehicles is the culprit in the vast majority of serious accidents involving novice riders. It's just too easy to make a mistake when your new bike goes from zero to Holy Sh*t in an eyeblink.
I've been riding for a long time with many miles on fast bikes and I consider myself a competent street rider. A couple of years ago I took a long test ride for fun on a Street Triple while my Duc was getting serviced. During that ride, I had a lapse in concentration and carried too much speed into a corner and crossed the center line, but fortunately there didn't happen to be anybody coming the other way.
We've had many spirited discussions on this forum that veer into the topic of individual rights, including the right to buy a bike way faster than your current skills can handle. I think that's a bad idea and I think a Bonneville approaches the power limit of what most new riders can safely deal with.
Sorry about my sarcastic response in my other post.
I have always been in favor of hp restrictions here in the US for beginning riders. My son, who has never own a bike, got him one a couple of months ago, a GSXR1000, and it is scaring him and me to death. I wish we had the same restrictions that the Europeans have. I for one would vote for it.
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