Originally Posted by te50
Presently aboard an '93 R1100RS...daily ride for years...Remembering my long gone brother's and father's Triumphs I'm considering coming to the Triumph brand. That said: carb or EFI version? Also what mods need be done from stock to provide acceptable performance as daily rider? And as an aside :can a 70's model Bonneville be updated enough to serve as a reliable companion? And although a great deal of the attraction is esthetic, should I be looking at the Sprint instead?
Many thanks in advance
I think you need to test ride both of them and evaluate your wants versus needs accordingly.
The Sprint will be a newer replacement for what you're currently accustomed to, the Bonnie may not meet that current demand you have set with the R1100RS.
A Bonnie with 67 bhp vs. a Sprint with 113-130 bhp, depending on what year you go with, is a huge difference in performance.
Stage one mods on a modern fuelie Bonnie would put you around 64-66 bhp with say a set of Dominator Touring cans, 02 removal, DNA pods (hack air box or purchase a kit) and Pieman tune is a stage one set up.
You can choose ignition advances for more pep and if that still isn't enough you can go with a stage two by installing 813 cams. Figure 70-75 rwhp depending on the dyno.
After that you get to be more expensive with high compression pistons or a whole stroker kit.
However, this bike is not designed to mimic an ST by any means.