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Old 09-02-2012, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A little homework.

Hi folks,

I'll take the long way around to introduce myself. I fell in love with triumphs 5 or 6 years ago. Always wanted one, but hell, I was in university. I got out of school and went to work up north. After convincing myself that having a dealership that was local was important (instead of getting the bonneville of my dreams) I conned myself into a sharp looking sportster.

The sportster was fine, but after a good season on it, and my trusty old XR, I started looking elsewhere, mostly for a bike that was a little less jarring on my kidneys. And something that would make me grin on the pavement like I do in the dirt on a bike made in 1998. I started eyeballing dynas, falling into that harley trap, where it seemed like if I wanted better, I'd have to go bigger.

I had the fortune to ride a monster FXDXT. 111 Hp, 107 lb-ft of torque. Composite Breaks, aluminum swingarm, aluminum wheels. Gnarly. Big. Painted a very blue shade of blue (frame and all). It was cool, but it still shook the hell out of me.

The next week I "fell" into echo cycle after remembering that, hey, I live in edmonton again and didn't I always want a triumph? The salesman got me booked on a bonnie test ride, and I was hooked. It wasn't the snarly dyna I'd ridden the week previous, but hell, it felt good. It was compliant, turned well, and soaked up those all too familiar edmonton bumps that bottomed out my under-sprung sportster.

That said, and with the sporty now sold (combined with some fairly crappy times with the harley dealerships), I'm weighing my options for a bonneville platform Triumph. I'll be lurking mostly, and probably bothering people about handle bars and whether or not I can relocate the foot pegs on a thruxton without too much hassle.
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off, welcome from a fellow Edmontonian.

My story is similar as I had an 09 Sportster Low but at 220 lbs it became very apparent that this was not the bike for me. Hated the foot position, seat pushed me into the gas tank & that was a custom harley seat. After suffering numerous potholes & traintracks, I didn't want to get on the bike again, so down the road it went.

After buying & riding numerous metric bikes, I couldn't find anything that made me want to hop on & ride. I finally looked up Bonneville on Kijiji and there were 2 listed. I ended up buying the newer of the 2 (an 09) because it had fuel injection & some other upgrades. Since I bought it I haven't looked back. I'm convinced I've found a long term bike that I'm actually going to want to ride.

It pulls my 220 lb frame around no problem and I like the traditional seating position which allows me to ride for a couple hours without being a hopeless cripple when I get off.

Oh and potholes... traintracks... Bring em on!!! I've yet to bottom out this bike & don't see it happening. Great suspension!

If you buy a Triumph, I guarantee you won't be dissappointed!!
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yikes

Sorry for the MASSIVE delay gents. Still getting my sea legs in these forums.

Slight update: I've put money down on a thruxton. Changed my mind and my salesdude (Aaron at echo cycle. Excellent beard) was kind enough to let me go with a T100 Black. That's waiting for me while I plot and scheme and scheme and plot what will happen to it once it gets into my hands

I'm currently drowning in options. I'm sold on a 5 3/4 Bates-style bottom mount headlight. Been talking to another forum member about how to get that done up properly, and I'm loving how it looks.
Still trying to decide on performance mods, but I'm definitely going to go with the standard ARK/AI/Slip ons once i get the bike ran in.

Thanks for saying Hi, and I hope to see some of these Albertans on the forum for a ride. As it stands I don't have any friends who own (road going) motorcycles, so when the snow starts to melt, I'll be keen to go for a scoot or talk your ear off.
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delay or not that was a proper introduction; well done.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You should check BOG Standards, a Bonneville owners club here in Edmonton. We meet up every first monday of the month, great people with the same interests in these bikes. There'll definately be alot of riding come next spring. A few very knowledgeable guys if you need info or help with your ride. We meet at Hudsons on 104 & I think 112 st. Google it to be sure. Next meet up will be monday, Dec. 3.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks BRITS4ME,

I've been in contact with Calliway about a few things when I got onto the forum. Looks like you guys have a great time!

My work schedule at present means I'll pretty much never get to meet with the BOG standards group at regular times, which is really disappointing. I only get time off in the middle of the month, as it stands.

That said, I'll be keeping my eyes and ears open for events when I am home.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:10 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm sure there'll be lots of rides next season. Hopefully see you at a few. If you hook up to their Facebook site, you can keep tabs on what's going on.

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