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Old 10-29-2009, 08:32 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:41 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I agree with all the folks here. I am 260lb & 6', I am not fat just big boned. No problems on the Bonnie both in size & power. I even ride 2 up but my Wife is petite and sweet! At risk of opening the 'which seat is best' debate I fitted a K & Q seat which improved comfort to the Bum. My gripe with Triumph is the sizing of their clothing, sizes don't go large enough for us big guys.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:08 AM   #23 (permalink)
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My gripe with Triumph is the sizing of their clothing, sizes don't go large enough for us big guys.
[rant] Agreed. They should start doing mens sizes, instead of just making accessory clothing for the pretty boys. [/rant]

Actually I don't care that much, there are better quality brands out there anyway.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:08 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I'm 6'2" and 240 lbs. Although, I have a much faster machine in the stable, I almost always have more fun on my Scrambler.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:56 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I was a little hesitant to ask at first, but I'm so glad I did - you guys rule!
I'll tell you though, I'm so glad I rode a bunch of big cruisers before rushing out and dropping $18k on one out of impulse. I'm not sure how people buy bikes without actually riding them first. That would have been a huge mistake - for me anyway. I know people love them, and that's great, but they just don't work for me. I realized after a while that even though I want to be able to put in a 150 mile day occasionally, I really miss the fun of darting around on a great bike like the ones I rode when I was younger.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:44 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I realized after a while that even though I want to be able to put in a 150 mile day occasionally, I really miss the fun of darting around on a great bike like the ones I rode when I was younger.
That is exactly how I felt and also why I knew I was going to go with the Bonnie. The only change now is that 150 miles turned into 200, then 300 and now I try to squeeze 400 on my ride days. Like anything else, your body will build up to the riding position/conditions and the Bonnie will be comfortable to you while you are out all day.
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:17 PM   #27 (permalink)
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That is exactly how I felt and also why I knew I was going to go with the Bonnie. The only change now is that 150 miles turned into 200, then 300 and now I try to squeeze 400 on my ride days. Like anything else, your body will build up to the riding position/conditions and the Bonnie will be comfortable to you while you are out all day.
Kinda like building up those callouses on your fret hand fingers, right?
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:21 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I’m another full sized adult… 6’ 250 or so when I got my Thruxton, I’m actually down to 230 as of this afternoons ride… She’s got no problems with my mass. She’s not a rocketship, but if I want to go real fast I’ll jump on the Duc.
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:48 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Get a "real" man's bike, the Scrambler! 32.5" seat height offers more leg room. Cheers, M.

I'm a big guy with a Scrambler, and I guess I need to weigh in as well...

I'm 6'1 and ~280, even though I'm down on power compared to the 360 degree engined Bonnies, my Scram runs out just fine. I did replace the shocks with more heavily-sprung Hagon's, and went with Hagon fork springs as well (I also installed Ricor valves & 5wt. fork oil too...); the suspension was my only gripe, and that's sorted now.

I do wish it was a little louder... but that's easy enough to fix (just bring money)

Bottom line, you'll love the Bonnie!
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Kinda like building up those callouses on your fret hand fingers, right?
Uh-oh...don't tell me you play! What do you have? Here's my list...been playing for quite some time now.

1. 1985 Gibson Les Paul Classic with PAF pickups (my holy grail of my collection)
2. Gibson SG Standard
3. Gibson Les Paul Standard
4. Feder American Strat...."Blackie"
5. G&L ASAT Classic
6. Ibanez RG270
7. Epiphone Les Paul with Seymour Duncan pick-ups. A jazz pick up in the neck and the dimebag darrell pick-up in the bridge. Sounds horrible if you marry the pick-ups together but what a constrast when going from clean to distortion. This is my grunt guitar that I playout with.
8. Austin strat...chinese strat copy but my very first guitar and will never let it go.
9. Simon & Patrick accoustic with a cutaway
10. Enrique Keller classical guitar
11. Classical guitar found in dumpster...what a day; turned me into a whole new world of guitaring...classical guitar. If I was to re-do my life then I would study classical guitar starting from age five.
12. Baby Taylor...great travel guitar for when I deploy.
13. Ovation...enough said; never buy one of these...yuck!

I have a tiny but incredibly rich and strong 1982 Fender super champ amp that is all tubed and point to point wiring. This amp is a killer and has a sound that is so rich that you feel like you poke your finger right into the tone!! This is the amp Gilmore used in the studio to record the wall and Clapton used to record slowhand.

I also have a Marshall half...the dilemma in my life of the dualities: Gibson vs. Fender guitars/Fender vs. Marshall amps. I utilize both and enjoy my tone.

By the way...in case you were wondering if this is a thread hi-jack: all the above items mentioned will make you enjoy your Bonnie even more!!!
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