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Old 10-30-2012, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bought a Speed Triple! My Bonnie comparison

Hey All,

I just added a 2012 Speed Triple to the stable. Got a fantastic deal on a lightly used 12 and I couldn't pass up on it. I've only had the chance to put about 100 miles on her since we've been dealing with hurricane Sandy here. But here are my first impressions and how they compare.

The speedie on paper and in terms of being a machine is worlds ahead of the bonnie. It's more stable, MUCH quicker, handles better, brakes better, etc. Surprisingly, it fit my 5' 9" frame very well and I probably could ride it all day. It's also much more comfortable on the highway and IMO makes it a better commute bike for me. It was love at first sight and I enjoyed every minute riding it home.

With all that said, there's something about the bonnie that is more than just a motorcycle. It's an experience. A bond and connection. You just look and feel cool riding it. It's designed to be minimalist so you can enjoy the ride and the essence of motorcycling. Yet is so capable in it's own right and does everything so well with nothing in excess. The air cooled twins have so much character, especially after fitting on some pipes.

Maybe it's because I've owned it longer, but I'm so attached to it at this point that I don't ever seeing myself selling her. It's a bike that I want to pass on and even then it will remain classic because the styling won't change. While the speedie will probably look dated in a few years with the next generation out.

Bonnie:
- Pros: Classic good looks, feels lighter because the center of gravity is so low, wonderful character, visceral experience.

- Cons: Could use slightly more power, factory suspension is quite poor.

Speedie:
- Pros: Awesome engine, great road presence, amazing brakes, handles well, super stable on the highway. Oh and that engine!

- Cons: Insurance cost, somewhat bland styling and feeling (hopefully with a few mods everything will change)

Here are a few pictures of my new baby next to my "Betty"





Thanks for reading!
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey, nice pair!
Very cool - I was just looking at a Speed (or Street) Trip myself as a possible companion to my new Bonnie...(just what I need!) - congrats!
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I have a tiger and a bonny america and feel much the same as you do about the differences. You have 2 nice bikes there,hopefully your bonny doesn't become the garage queen mine has!
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Love this, looks awesome. Cool to have something that's more powerful for those moods and times where some extra speed and agility are wanted. A speed triple was the first bike I went out on as pillion so have always been fond of them - definitely quick enough... Once finances allow I'll be following in your footsteps here, good to get perspective from a bonnie rider, I can't imagine not having a Bonneville in the garage, but would like the option to try and ride other bikes like these that have a different feel and features. Congrats on the purchase!
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Hey, nice pair!
Very cool - I was just looking at a Speed (or Street) Trip myself as a possible companion to my new Bonnie...(just what I need!) - congrats!
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Thank you for sharing!
Thanks!! I don't think you could go wrong with either speed or street to add to the bonnie. They are both amazing road bikes but each are quite different in their own right. I struggled long and hard and honestly it was a toss up for me. Triumph hasn't release pricing for the 13 street yet, but I'm estimating I saved atleast $2,500 getting the 12 speed with only 2800 miles vs waiting for the 13 street. It basically came down to being a much better deal for me.
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My bonnie is $400 a year and the Speed is $1000. Quite a bit of a difference but I knew that going into it that it wouldn't be cheap to insure.
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If you love motorcycles and can afford the cost of owning two, there is a lot of pleasure in having two bikes that satisfy different moods. The Speedie/Bonne combo rocks!
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I have a tiger and a bonny america and feel much the same as you do about the differences. You have 2 nice bikes there,hopefully your bonny doesn't become the garage queen mine has!
I definitely know what you're saying. I have a 25 mile commute (23 on the highway) one way into work every day and I already feel the Speed will be much more pleasant on the highway. But everytime I think about it I already feel guilty leaving the bonnie home.
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