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Old 02-28-2012, 06:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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?
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was in the same boat. Looked for used Bonnies and finally bought a '12 for a good price. I love how these bikes sound and the relaxed riding position. I hate fiddling with carbs so the EFI was a no brainer to me.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Now then , it all depends on if you want out and out speed or if you want a nice usable Bike for every day use . I use my Bonne all week and at the week end also . A 70"s Bonne will do it but you would have to keep on top of it all the time .
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The modern Bonneville is simply fantastic. I ride mine all day and come home, adjust the chain ( if it needs it) and wash it. Thats it.

With my '74 T140V I would spend about 1 hr tightening up bolts, looking for replacements of things that had vibrated off, etc

Riding position is comfortable, the bike is reliable, they are cheap to run and easy to repair.

And there are heaps of cool mods out there

I also dont like fiddling with carbs, so if you can get an EFI model I would go for it

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Old 02-28-2012, 03:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I had a 2005 bonne t100 for 2 years here in the city of Chicago, downtown, and rode it daily, put on 8000 miles in 2 years...flawless, comfy up to 3 hours, and a stunner, had the black and red, only added rear seat sissy bar and a chrome chain guard.
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As Lewis Black said of drinking in Ireland, "It's 9am in the morning and I told the guy next to me I wanted a beer. He replied to me, 'Why wouldn't you want one?' That is when I knew I was in heaven."

Go with a modern Bonneville for less maintenance. That bench seat is universal. Ride it like Thorton in "Pushing Tin". (Yeah, I know that was another Triumph.)
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a modern Bonneville with EFI. So far it has been trouble free.
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have a 2010 EFI Bonnie SE as a daily commuter. I purchased a power socket and a mount for my phone and radar detector. It's a very well balanced bike for commuting, great torque, good handling. A well behaved motorcycle. Visually a thing of beauty...
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You mean there are other motorcycles out there ??????? I'm on my second T100 and if something happens to this one, I'll buy another one, no if's and's or but's.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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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.
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