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Old 11-24-2012, 05:54 PM   #91 (permalink)
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After riding with Dog for a couple thousand miles, I have aquierd a lot of admiration for the Bonnie. As for Modding a Bonny up there are hundreds of folk here already doing it. Power seems to be available from several big bore kits and suspension companies are creating kits for that.
I grew up with the CB look and it is still nice. Just like a Timex watch.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:59 PM   #92 (permalink)
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A 1000cc Bonnie with a 6 speed and a little stronger suspension would be great! The new Honda looks like a good move for Honda, but it will never have the style of a Bonnie. I'll stick with my T100.

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Old 11-25-2012, 12:13 AM   #93 (permalink)
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............... Gosh, I hope Triumph responds very soon with an upsized Bonnie for me to buy!
They do, it is the bloated Thunderbird cruiser.

How's about a decent bike, like a new Trident or (proper) Thunderbird Sport with a 1050 triple.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:39 AM   #94 (permalink)
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They do, it is the bloated Thunderbird cruiser.

How's about a decent bike, like a new Trident or (proper) Thunderbird Sport with a 1050 triple.
I hear this all the time on this forum, but I just don't understand....the Tbird and the Bonnie are worlds apart; completely different animals. The only similarity is engine architecture. By that measure, the Street Triple and the new Explorer are the same since the Explorer is just a bigger triple.


I could dig something like a new TBS with the 1050 though.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:18 AM   #95 (permalink)
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To me, I could collect every bike in the world and still need a fix. I love my Bonneville and my Honda CB550. Sometimes I don't know which one to ride. I really want a Street Triple for my modern bike.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:06 PM   #96 (permalink)
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I hear this all the time on this forum, but I just don't understand....the Tbird and the Bonnie are worlds apart; completely different animals. The only similarity is engine architecture. By that measure, the Street Triple and the new Explorer are the same since the Explorer is just a bigger triple.


I could dig something like a new TBS with the 1050 though.
Where did I say they are the same?
Please don't go putting words in my mouth to justify some warped opinion or bias you have.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:09 PM   #97 (permalink)
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I don't get it. To me, it looks like a bike one would ride until they could afford the bike they really want.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:51 PM   #98 (permalink)
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I checked this out at the progressive motorcycle show last weekend.
Was excited to see it after reading all the hype on hear, and the thought of trying a Bonneville modern retro sibling.
However, after being up close and personal and throwing a leg over it I have to say initial impressions are not good.
It's not quite retro enough, the wheels and cast metal bits look cheap and not of the right era. Specifically the bracket holding the footpegs on, terrible. Also, what's with the two horns? They are very prominent in person.
Sitting on it was comfortable enough, very casual and upright. But coming from a Bonneville it seemed too wide, both tank and engine, for the type of bike I'd want it to be.
It doesn't have any of the sex appeal that the Bonnevilles do. I could imagine it as a cafe racer, but I think you'd be better off sticking to a true retro CB750 for that.
I'll be sticking with my T100, thank you very much.
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The Japanese never stopped making these kind of retro motorcycles for the home market. In Tokyo I've even seen a 400cc 4-cylinder inline version just like this new 1000c retro bike for export. They just quit exporting them overseas and instead gave us what we thought we wanted, which was sport bikes for the squids, and Harleyesque cruisers for the old guys. And a few motorcrossers mixed in. But no standard motorcycles. Same story with Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki.
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The Japanese never stopped making these kind of retro motorcycles for the home market. In Tokyo I've even seen a 400cc 4-cylinder inline version just like this new 1000c retro bike for export. They just quit exporting them overseas and instead gave us what we thought we wanted, which was sport bikes for the squids, and Harleyesque cruisers for the old guys. And a few motorcrossers mixed in. But no standard motorcycles. Same story with Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki.
Actually, they gave us what sold. It was our own fault. After the first go-round of Sportbike Terror in the late 1980's both Honda and (I'm pretty sure) Yamaha tried to sell 400cc I4 naked bikes in the U.S., and both were slightly less well received than a turd in the punchbowl.

In late 1991, I bought a leftover 1990 Honda CB-1, and rode the ****e out of it for almost 9 years. I loved that little bike, but it seems not too many other people did. The most of the few that did sell spawned a fairly popular and inexpensive club racing class.
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