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Old 11-12-2012, 08:17 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Well my handle stems from big Honda fours - I owned 4 Boldors in my time. Nowadays I think they are fat, boring, gutless and handle like a three wheeled shopping trolley.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:37 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I didn't think it was possible. They're even uglier than the ones from the 70's. At least the authentic vintage Hondas from the 70's seen riding around today have a nostalgic appeal to them. This one's just, well... ugly looking.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:43 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Some one else also brought up the TBS as a comparison. To bad Triumph didn't keep that bike. 70+hp, bigger disk brakes, adjustable suspension, easy riding style, bullet proof motor with a little more compression and ton of torque out of a 883 engine (water cooled).

Triumph did a poor job of marketing the bike and dumped it after 5 years with minimal upgrades. They seemed to feel we all wanted air cooled retro bikes so along came the Bonny. Not to knock the Bonny but the TBS was a better bike for me all around.

The Honda will sell here as many on this thread have already attested to the fact they have been jonesin for a new Honda. Again in my opinion a used TBS is still a better buy.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:57 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Interesting. Do you guys not consider something like the Thunderbird Storm to be an upsized Bonnie?
Not at all. Not better or worse. Just different.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:59 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I like the TBS too, Hap. I wish they would have kept that one along with the Bonnie

But this new Honda will get me to visit a Honda dealer. None of the other bikes they make lure me in at all. I'm going to have to check it out.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:14 PM   #36 (permalink)
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My Bonneville SE has no soul that I know of but I do love it. If I had to list all the bikes I like the list would be very long. I'm just a motorcycle lover I guess.

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Old 11-12-2012, 09:59 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I have given Honda a lot of kudos in the past few years for coming out with this bike. I think it's great what they are doing - drawing upon their own heritage instead of Harley's to creat a modern retro bike - and as much as I like the bike, I don't think that it would appeal to me over our Bonnevilles. After owning dozens of bikes over my lifetime, the Bonneville is just about the perfect bike for me.

Having said that, if Honda is indeed finally bringing this bike over to the States it should fly off the showroom floors and I wouldn't surprize me to see them actually marked-up at the dealers. Still, I can't see me ditching a perfectly good Bonneville that is completely paid for in order to fork over $10,000+ cash for a bike that doesn't perform or look any better.

I sold a perfectly good modern classic Kawasaki W650 that I loved so I could keep the Bonneville, so why would I now sell the Bonneville to get another modern classic Japanese motorcycle?

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:00 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I think it's a great looking bike with a slightly vintage feel. That being said, I think the Bonneville is a better looking bike and for someone like me who is looking for a first bike, I couldn't justify buying something like this brand new. Especially for that price.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:42 PM   #39 (permalink)
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I like the CB1100 a lot. Like Irish said, it's nice to see Honda mine their own heritage and remake the classic, air-cooled, across-the-frame four they made famous.

However, I don't know if I'd buy one. At $10,000, it's about as much as a 796 Monster and more than a Triumph Street Triple, both bikes I'd rather have.
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Boring, bland Japanese UJM shyte. That`s my 2c worth.
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