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Old 11-08-2012, 11:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie to the Forum - Considering a Bonnie.

Hey everyone,

I am new to this forum. I had been looking well part of 3 to 4 months for my first bike early this year. Between Honda's and triumphs. Alas, i couldn't decide definitively but finally decided on A honda shadow RS. Nice bike, i like it a lot............

Well the itch for the Bonnie never left. Am i alone in this predicament? Bought my first bike and already few months in still itching for the "Bike i should've bought!"

Quite the Conundrum.

So i am here to begin my quest for a Bonneville. Just can't decide between SE vs T100.

Let the madness commence.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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LOL welcome to the mad house!
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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There's nothing wrong with that Shadow......but it is a cruiser. The Bonnevilles of any type are going to more fun on county roads and easily handle the highways. Good Luck with your choice.......Previous to my Bonny I was riding a Yamaha 650 Silverado, good but not the ride I was looking for.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You won't regret buying a Bonnie. I have several riding buddies who own them, and they're great bikes, very reliable, timeless good looks, and you won't see one on every street corner. Nothing wrong with Hondas, I've owned several, but if you're looking for something cool and distinctive, Triumphs are the ticket.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You did good. The little shadow is quite underpowered compared to the Bonnie so it was more forgiving.

I don't consider the Bonnie a starter bike, I consider it a forever bike. Buy one when you can appreciate it.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think i found a Bonnie! I need to get my head checked. Dealers got a deal on a couple of leftovers. Since its "off season" over her in NE PA, I might bite on it.

Dealers Recommending I consign my honda with them instead of trading as they can get me significantly more than trade. If i get what i need on consignment, i basically break even on the honda, no loss really.

Anyone ever sell a bike on consignment with a dealer?
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes, I have sold 3 over the past 15 years. They usually take 500.00 for selling. Of course the best time is in the spring. I would try, they will put it up on their web site. You will definitely get more than a trade in.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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is that a normal charge for sale via consignment? The dealer i am speaking to is charging 15% of sale price. Is that normal or high or low, good deal????? I know i could always go the ebay route, but i like the idea that its going to be on a dealer site as well as people coming in to see the bike at dealer. Seems they have a better shot at selling.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Bought my cranberry/creme Bonnie in August. What a great bike. Had not ridden in years and bought this after first seeing pictures of it, then researching and finally headed to the dealer. Love the retro looking spokes etc. It turns heads every where you go. I bought a hand full of accessories at the dealer too. That blue Se is gorgeous also. Good Luck.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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You won't have any problem transitioning from the Shadow to the Bonnie. In fact, you'll soon discover the Bonnie easier (and safer) to ride than your Shadow. Better ground clearance, more effective brakes, and vastly superior handling. Years ago when I bought my first Triumph (a new orange and white 650 Thunderbird) I'd ridden only 250's and was intimidated by moving up to the more powerful Triumph. As I sat on the bike preparing to leave the dealership, that big 650 twin rocking and throbbing beneath me, I began to question my sanity. The dealer, a salty old rider who sensed my anxiety, laughingly said "Don't worry, just remember the throttle works both ways".
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