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Old 11-26-2012, 07:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bonneville Pros and Cons

Pros
1) Best looking bike I've ever seen.
2) Best and most comfortable seating, leg and arm position for me.
3) Smooth as glass engine, no bad vibes to hands or butt.
4) Handles very light and nimble, feels more like a 450cc bike. Corners very well.
5) Good power and torque.
6) Almost forgot, the first 10" of my pipes turned blue ! It matches my bike now, I like that.

Cons
1) Needed new shocks and fork springs. OEM's sucked BAD !
2)Oil leaks. Four so far and waiting for more Only 3500 miles on it.
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So far I have had no electrical problems at all. I see many of you have had some kind of electrical problems. Most of which are small. Wish me luck.

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Old 11-26-2012, 09:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wonder why so many oil leaks? All from different places?
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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- Looks
- timeless... the only bike I could care less about a new model coming out. In fact I looked for an older model
- lots of customization options to make it yours
- good support (dealer and forums)
- good resale value
- reliable


Cons
- I wish it was 30-40 lbs. lighter
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't know why so many oil leaks. None were bad but they did make me very frustrated. Yes they were all from different places.

Forgot those two "Pros" help from this forum and lots of extras to customize.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Looks are all ready proven to be timeless; hence so many questions as to what year it is.
Easy to pick up a quick 10 rwhp
Mag wheeled models handle like their on rails
Slip-ons make 'em sound like a proper brit twin
Brakes are decent in stock form, can be upgraded

Cons:

Seat is a brick
Stock shocks are pogo toys
Cam cover deep weep, but some free spark plug washers cured that situation
No knock sensor
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm surprised with the leaks. I've only had the weeping head gasket and fixed that one with a new rubber gasket. Nothing leaked ever since that.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:14 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Not had a leak yet- 2 years running around as well...
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Pros
Simple to work on and low maintance.
Smooth engine.
Won't get me to lock me up speeds.
Allows me to relax and ignore the wackers who, if I was on a fast bike I would feel obliged to blow into the weeds.
More suited to my abilities than a xzy1000rrrrrr.
Stands out from the crowd.


Cons
Standard suspension wont handle bumps.
Fuel range pretty poor.
Paint marks easily
lacquer (on the models that had it) lets corrosion mar the cases
Broken spokes (so they say, hasn't happened to me yet)
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I like just about everything about my T100. The compromises have lots of aftermarket options for improving performance...except one: I sure wish a larger tank was available. The Norman Hyde tank is expensive, requires patience to install, and is vulnerable to denting and fibreglass tanks won't work with E10 fuels. An "Interstate" model with a six gallon tank would make an excellent addition to the Bonneville family.
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Pros
1) Best looking bike I've ever seen.
2) Best and most comfortable seating, leg and arm position for me.
3) Smooth as glass engine, no bad vibes to hands or butt.
4) Handles very light and nimble, feels more like a 450cc bike. Corners very well.
5) Good power and torque.
6) Almost forgot, the first 10" of my pipes turned blue ! It matches my bike now, I like that.

Cons
1) Needed new shocks and fork springs. OEM's sucked BAD !
2)Oil leaks. Four so far and waiting for more Only 3500 miles on it.
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So far I have had no electrical problems at all. I see many of you have had some kind of electrical problems. Most of which are small. Wish me luck.

All of your "Pros" are major pluses.
All of your "Cons" are easy fixes (even if you include the unlisted crap seat).

These bikes are a win-win.
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