These feel more like Nortons... - Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums
» Main Menu

Discussion Forums
 » Twins
 » Tiger
 » General
 » RAT

Features
 » Blogs

Motorcycle.com Links

Contribute
 » Photo

Motorcycle Forums
» Insurance
» Sponsors
» Our Partners
»ATV Reviews
»Motorcycle Games

Twins Talk Discussion of Hinckley Triumph Twin related matters and topics.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-26-2012, 08:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
Senior Member
Powerbike
Main Motorcycle: 2007 T100
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Santa Margarita CA
Posts: 379
These feel more like Nortons...

in my opinion. I've owned my 850 Commando since new (1975) and have owned at least three different Triumph 650's ('65 Trophy, 67 Trophy and 70 Bonneville) and I have to say the new Bonny reminds me more of the Norton in engine characteristics and general chassis feel. Pulls right off idle, low vibes, longer wheelbase and slower steering, all feel more Norton to me. If the motor feels like the Triumphs I'd go with the 65 Trophy with the heavier flywheel and single carb.

Just sayin is all. My new-to-me '07 T-100 is a wonderful machine. Love it. Just wondering if my spare Norton Interstate tank will fit...

Last edited by larrykahn; 11-26-2012 at 08:35 PM.
larrykahn is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-26-2012, 09:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
Senior Member
SOTP Vintage Series
Main Motorcycle: 2007 Thruxton Bonneville
 
Nickwiz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: B'ham UK
Posts: 7,998
Other Motorcycle: BSA Starfire 1968
Extra Motorcycle: 1930 Triumph NSD.
Funny you should say that because I think that too. Only ever had a go on an 850 commando once but in my opinion you are right there.
__________________
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind......Dr Seuss
Nickwiz is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 12:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
Senior Member
SuperBike
Main Motorcycle: '07 Black
 
Easy13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Prescott, AZ
Posts: 1,546
My Norton experience was less than optimal. While I agree that the Hinckleys seem to act more like Commandos than their Meriden namesakes, the big difference in my opinion is that my '07 Bonneville is reliable in a good way. My '71 Combat model was reliably unreliable.
__________________
"Cognito Ergo Wrenchum"
Easy13 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 02:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
DUG
Member
Supersport 400
Main Motorcycle: T-100 2004
 
DUG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: West of the Great Divide, Northern NSW, Australia
Posts: 91
Commando vs Bonneville

Hi guys
My thoughts are, I think the new bonnie's are like the old one's but on steroids, they rev heaps more than Commandos, the Bonnie has'nt the torque of the Commando, so you are useing the gearbox more and the Bonnie's steer quicker.
Nothing dance's round on the center stand like a Commando, the front wheel shakeing back and forward, all great caracter in my opinion, sittng on a rubber mount Sportster on idle is pretty close.
Actualy a roadking on a center stand on slow idle brings a smile to my face, the front wheel bounceing around. Funny the things that entertain me.
So sorry I think they feel different, just my opinioon, I think the new bonnie feels more like a GT 860 Duke.
Maybe a good debate here.
Cheers DUG
DUG is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 05:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
Lifetime Premium
Site Supporter
Legend
Main Motorcycle: 2009 Bonneville SE
 
Forchetto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Asturias, Spain
Posts: 12,461
Other Motorcycle: Yamaha XV1100
Extra Motorcycle: Qingqi QM200GY-BA
I fear that utter bounder M.G.Vig will be here shortly to remind me that the Bonnie feels like one of those awful late 70's Honda Dreams on steroids...

Forchetto is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 06:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
SuperSport
Main Motorcycle: Speedtriple!!
 
triplestrength's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Cornwall
Posts: 980
Other Motorcycle: Triumph Trophy 900
Extra Motorcycle: Honda CB400AT
No the Dreams balancing destroyed any character:-)
I still have a CB400AT

Sent from my GT-I9100P using Motorcycle.com Free App
triplestrength is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 10:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: 2012 T100
 
norton74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Stockbridge, MI
Posts: 717
Other Motorcycle: 2013 Rocket 3 Touring
Extra Motorcycle: '73 Ducati GT750
My last Norton was a '74 Interstate. Loved the long tank and roomier seating. The roadsters always felt cramped to me. The Norton seemed have more low end torque. The sound from the interstate mufflers with the small baffles removed was just right with a great rumble. Miss that on my T100. The T100 was, of course, the better bike. But then again, the T100 is newer by 38 years. It should be better.

Last edited by norton74; 11-27-2012 at 12:31 PM.
norton74 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 12:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
Senior Member
SuperSport
Main Motorcycle: 2003 Triumph T100
 
Sheepdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Waldheim, LA
Posts: 1,397
Other Motorcycle: 2007 M-G Cali Vintage
Though there are differences, I agree that the Hinckley Bonnevilles are reminiscent of the Norton. I was certainly able to do all the things to my Bonnie that I could only dream about as a poor young man with my Norton (rearsets, better pipes, etc). The big differences are the weight and the low end torque. The one may contribute to the other...

__________________
2003 Bonneville T100 and 2007 Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Sheepdog is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 06:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: 2012 base bonneville
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: coal township pa USA
Posts: 941
Other Motorcycle: 2013 victory hammer
i always lusted a norton, almost when i got my 70 bonnie i was in morocco in the military norton's were hit or miss bonnies were easy to get only worry was a big ugly tank model some guys got, i was lucky to get the beautiful T-120R i enjoyed very much $975 delivered. new nortons are beautifiul but too $$$$$ for me and poor riding position and few dealers
rodhotter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-27-2012, 06:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
Senior Member
SOTP Vintage Series
Main Motorcycle: 2007 Thruxton Bonneville
 
Nickwiz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: B'ham UK
Posts: 7,998
Other Motorcycle: BSA Starfire 1968
Extra Motorcycle: 1930 Triumph NSD.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheepdog View Post
That bike is a stunner.

Hagon shrouded shocks would finish it off
__________________
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind......Dr Seuss
Nickwiz is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter your valid email address, that can receive an automated confirmation message. Otherwise, you won't be able to gain full access.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Gathering of the Nortons is here!!! gabbydad Riders Group - PA Riders 6 04-27-2013 11:49 AM
Look at the Nortons on that! thirteendevils Rides & Events picture gallery 0 05-29-2011 05:12 PM
Gathering of Nortons mglemans86 Riders Group - PA Riders 0 04-11-2011 08:57 PM
Gathering of Nortons davidc Rides & Events 1 02-07-2009 10:12 AM
Gathering of Nortons mglemans86 Rides & Events 10 04-17-2008 01:43 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:58 PM.



Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum

Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0