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Old 12-01-2012, 11:09 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Funny you mention the Victory!! I am thinking the Bonneville is a little quicker than the Hammer, but I think it would likely be a good race to about 100mph, with the Bonnie pulling further ahead the faster we go!! I had my oldest son drive the Bonneville yesterday before I had done any work, and he quickly proclaimed that the Bonneville was the best and fastest bike in the garage!! (see sig).

He also said that I should get rid of the Hammer and keep the Bonnie!! I always wanted a Bonneville anyway, so who knows? Maybe sell the Hammer and get an FJR or Concours like I have threatened to do anyway this spring?!!?!?
I was going to ask for a comparison but you beat me to it. Thanks. Keep up the good work!!!
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:36 AM   #32 (permalink)
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$1900 for an 09 is a ridiculously low price even for a bike in that condition. I would bring it to a good Triumph dealer and let him check the bike out even though you know what you are doing. Maybe the dealer could back track the VIN # and give you history on the bike. Won't hurt.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:17 AM   #33 (permalink)
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$1900 for an 09 is a ridiculously low price even for a bike in that condition. I would bring it to a good Triumph dealer and let him check the bike out even though you know what you are doing. Maybe the dealer could back track the VIN # and give you history on the bike. Won't hurt.
On the way home from buying it I stopped at the local dealer for a estimate on fixing everything needed to bring it back to where it should be, and also included both tires (which I think i'm actually ok for now on that).

After explaining myself BEFORE they looked at it to make sure they knew I hadn't performed the high quality work!! lol They looked it over top to bottom and after managing to keep a mostly straight face, said they would call me later with a quote. After they purchased a new supercomputer to compute all of the digits, they called with the quote. You know it's not good when the guy asks if your setting down before he gives you the quote!!!

After regaining my senses following passing out, I think the number was close to $3500 with labor and everything else!!!!!!

And no, they were not talking about replacing anything that I haven't mentioned in this thread. I haven't actually seen the paper copy, and I didn't ask, nor do I remember all the details. But let me see if I can recall some numbers in the general range they discussed.

900-gas tank
250-fender
500-paint for tank and fender
300-ignition switch, key, screws
200-headlamp brackets
400-headlamp bucket, reflector, bulbs, outer trim piece
100-mirrors
60-mirror brackets
I can't remember exactly how many hours of labor, but I think it was like $85/hour? Then throw in 6.something % tax and somehow you end up with $3500ish?!?!?

The funny part is, they didn't come up with any real issues mechanically or structurally. I do however want to mention they were very nice folks and quite professional and I would not hesitate to go back to buy a bike or if I were having insurance work done!!

So far I have bought or will soon be buying the following (shipping included)...

$?$?-Buddy coming by this week to give an estimate on repair and paint of gas tank. Hoping for <$400

$130-Nice black painted front fender
$65-Ignition switch & key
$48-Headlamp brackets
$?$?$-Headlamp bucket, reflector/ trim piece & bulbs. But it looks like I should be able to pick up a nice setup for <$200

$45-mirrors and brackets

That all adds up to $888 plus my labor of $0=$888. Throw in $400 of unforseen expenses and just cool stuff I like=

$1288 plus
$1900 purchase price=
$3188 TOTAL INVESTMENT
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:04 AM   #34 (permalink)
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You can have my Mickey Mouse Mirrors from my Bonnie T-100 4 a Xmas Card & postage............. the Mrs. Good Luck!
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:42 AM   #35 (permalink)
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I was thinking more like bringing to a dealer and have him hook the bike up to the computer and see if you get an error messages. That should be about $65. If the dealer won't check out the VIN then call Triumph's customer service and ask them to check the VIN out for any recalls or problems. They are very helpful. The dealer wasn't doing you any favors with those prices. I would be careful about using him.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:14 AM   #36 (permalink)
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You can have my Mickey Mouse Mirrors from my Bonnie T-100 4 a Xmas Card & postage............. the Mrs. Good Luck!
If your serious (mostly), I would love them!! Let me know what the shipping.and Xmas card price comes to and a PayPal address?

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I was thinking more like bringing to a dealer and have him hook the bike up to the computer and see if you get an error messages. That should be about $65. If the dealer won't check out the VIN then call Triumph's customer service and ask them to check the VIN out for any recalls or problems. They are very helpful. The dealer wasn't doing you any favors with those prices. I would be careful about using him.
I'm aware they aren't doing me any favors, I guess I figure they are a dealer and your going to pay a premium for that fact. I really thought they would want.to repair the tank, instead of replacing it. I really thought 2000, and I might of paid that just so I could avoid the labor and headaches, and I still would only have had 3900 in it. But the truth is I love playing with it, and ill save a few $ in the process.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:30 AM   #37 (permalink)
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I will find them! u buy the card and put postage $ in....no big deal
Today is TOYS 4 TOTS parade........ will look through the TRIUMPH extras & let u know!
Have Fun B Safe....Bonnie
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:25 PM   #38 (permalink)
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From the sound of the PO's other "fixes" he probably never lubed the chain. Cheap insurance to buy a new one. Stock gearing should not have the adjusters maxed out. You sure got a deal! Keep checking eBay and this site. Sometimes you will find cheap (or free) parts.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:16 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Leaking cam covers and dodgy igniters are two known problems with these bikes.

Don't try to tighten the cam cover studs beyond the given torque or you'll strip them. Apparently the trick is to put another spacer/washer under them and re-tighten.

If the bike cuts out when you have a passenger on board it's because they're sitting on the igniter (under the seat). If you have too many problems with the igniter, replacement Triumph ones are too expensive but there are half price alternatives that will also give a higher rev limit and advance the timing a little (I believe) to give a little more power.

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Man if you are willing to have your bike down for a bit, send me the tank and I'll fix the dents and respray it for you for the cost of materials and shipping. At $1900 you stole it.

As far as headlight bucket goes you can get really nice 7" side mount buckets and vintage style headlight ears from Dime City Cycle. They are awesome guys.
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