As I mentioned in a couple of other threads, I picked up my 2012 Bonneville this past Friday from Ridge Motorsports in Batesburg, SC. Great dealer -- Jeff and Wendy are fantastic. I look forward to becoming a loyal customer.
When I decided to sell my highly modded Yamaha FZ1 (150+HP) that had been converted to the European "N" naked version, I had decided on a Bonneville. I had the opportunity to help a good friend mod a T100 a few years back and had the opportunity to ride it quite a bit, I said back then that I would own one one day. I knew I wanted to return to sane, simplistic motorcycling thus the switch. So I was torn between the T100 and the mag wheel. I knew before buying that I would mod quite extensively so I took to the Internet to do my research and ultimately decided the mag wheel was for me based on wanting the handling benefits.
So I have just over 200 miles on her now and thought it time to share some initial, brief impressions. When I got back from a ride this evening, I told my wife that this is the most fun I've had on a motorcycle in years. I know I'm still in the honeymoon stage but as many of you are already aware, this could be the best all around motorcycle. It handles well, has enough HP and torque, shifting is silk smooth, is a looker and most importantly, has soul. I agree with many here that the suspension could use some work but I will tackle that down the road. I'm like a pig in mud thus far!
I've ordered quite a few parts already. I'm still debating Arrows or Predators but will make a decision tomorrow and order through my dealer so that they are on-hand when I take my bike in for it's initial service at 500 miles. I'll also do ABRK and AIRK at that time plus a ECU reflash.
Everyone has seen a stock Bonneville mag wheel so I will refrain posting pics until I have some of the mods done. Thanks to everyone who contributes on this site as it' been both inspirational and helpful. I'm hopeful I can give back over time.