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Old 10-31-2012, 03:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2up on a bonnie?

I'm wonder how well these perform 2up and what mods guys have done to make them more adept in this role? Shocks, seats, pegs? I've not ridden a bonnie since about 02' and only for a very short demo ride. For some reason they didn't appeal to me then, but more and more they have this swan song things going on.....
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They're fine 2 up, but depending how big you and your pillion are, you might think about throwing new shocks on the back. Seats fine, pegs are fine.
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2up stock is fine. Starting on hills, a little tricky with judicious use of the clutch.

Under heavy braking (which you should probably avoid as much as possible while 2up), the soft front forks do take quite a dive.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My wife and I ride two up on a regular basis. No, damn it, on the Bonny T100. Neither one of us are light weights. I have upgraded the front fork springs and oil, rear shocks also. Runs fine. That being said if you are considering touring on the Super Slab, I would be looking into a larger machine.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Two up is fine. I'm no light weight but the wife is. She would prefer that I put a sissy bar on the back, but I don't want to "ruin" the look of the bike.
She rides her own bike most of the time anyway.
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This is good to know. Neither of us is a flyweight, I'd say 350lbs or so combined. I'm not actively looking for one, but once in a while one pops up very reasonable. I'll enjoy my trophy for now but the day may come.
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The determining factor is the payload capacity which is driven by tire limitations. On the Bonnie, the owner's manual states that max. payload is 440 lbs.

Power wise, the Bonnie can easily handle two up.
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This is good to know. Neither of us is a flyweight, I'd say 350lbs or so combined. I'm not actively looking for one, but once in a while one pops up very reasonable. I'll enjoy my trophy for now but the day may come.
My wife and I combined are around 20lbs shy of that number and the bike performs just fine. I have no problem with heavy braking, but I also am not coming from a Street Triple R, I come from an '82 UJM with wooden brake pads.

I have the mods in my sig and they make Maggie what she is, a real hoot to tool around on.

Anything longer than an hour's worth of riding, you should think K&Q seat if you were thinking about a newer base model with the thinner seat.
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The determining factor is the payload capacity which is driven by tire limitations. On the Bonnie, the owner's manual states that max. payload is 440 lbs.

Power wise, the Bonnie can easily handle two up.
Don't be put off by the 440 pound payload. With two of us and camping/cooking gear for indefinite length trips, we weighed in at 940 pounds -- four pounds below the gross vehicle weight -- on a certified scale.

440 pounds of payload is about 30 pounds more than you are supposed to carry on a Goldwing, abount 35 pounds less than you should carry on a Concourse 14, 5 pounds less than a BMW K1600GT, 9 pounds less than a Super Tenere, and twenty pounds more than you're supposed to carry on a BMW R1200GS.

The Bonnevilles -- T100 for me -- seems smaller than they are. They have a good long wheel base, ample seating for two, and similar power to the old Harley Electra Glides and BMW touring machines.

The biggest difference between the Bonnevilles and many of the new, high powered bikes, is that you get to use all the Bonnie's power every time you go out. As my son, who used to own a Yamaha R1, says, "Those liter bikes have stupid power. With my Scrambler, I can just grab a hand full of throttle and go!"

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Certanly, the T100 can carry a load. No problem with the engine or chassis. It's the tires that are the weak link. Overload them and then subject them to high speed, long duration travel and the tires wear out more quickly and may become unsafe.

I am not a tire engineer; but, that specified load capacity is printed for a reason.
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