Main Motorcycle: 2012 Bonneville Gold
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: USA, SOUTH Jersey
Other Motorcycle: 2009 Triumph America
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Hello, here is my 'story'...
Mongrel comes full circle...
Bought my first bike, a 1971 T120R Bonneville in 1981. It had been setup as a "chopper" with 8" extended front forks, struts instead of shocks, over-bored and with TT pipes. Had a wonderful mother-of-pearl paint job with blue metal flake accents and pinstripes. I spent some time and money to bring her back to "stock", and began learning to ride.
Unfortunately, I learned the hard way about downshifting in the rain, and laid her down (low-sided...) in traffic. So much for that wonderful custom paint job etc. etc. etc.
Flash forward 30 years and two Suzukis and a Honda Shadow later...
After some considerable time ogling Harleys, reason took over and I came to my senses. The bike I really wanted was a Bonneville-simple, light, refined, dignified (not for long, lol), DIFFERENT... I read on this website probably the best description of local motorcycling I've ever read: "You can't swing a cat around here without knocking someone off a Harley." (Not sure who posted it, but it stuck with me...). On top of everything else, that simple yet profound statement served as the confirmation I needed to "go home"...lol.
Thursday June 28, 2012 I took possession of a 2012 Aurum Gold Bonneville. I must confess that I have never sat on a bike before that was so "mine". Never. Everything just fit, and it gets better every time I'm out on her.
That's not to say she is without issues (what woman isn't?), but I'm completely satisfied with the decision and looking forward to the years ahead.
Thanks to all who contribute here for making the experience all the more enjoyable!