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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Checking out a 2009 Bonneville SE

Hi all. I'm looking at a 2009 Bonnie SE this coming Monday, EFI, 8000 miles, looks (from photos) to have been cared for. I'm well versed in evaluating used bikes but looking to the collective here to advise on anything specific to that year or model that I should pay extra attention to. I know tires are a slight challenge. Anything else? Thanks!

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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 07:26 PM
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Tyres? these bikes are bullet proof. as long as it hasn't sat up for too long and it shifts well , no scuffs on bar ends or pegs there are brilliant bikes The stock types are fine, the SE has cast wheels so 17/17s are quite easy to find but they are so subjective, one brand will suit one person but he hated by another. These bikes are a pleasure to own and cheap to maintain.
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post #3 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 10:37 PM
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Personally, I'd ask if the bike has a starting problem. The bikes are notorious for this issue. If they say, "Nope, never had a problem", I might be a little suspicious.
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post #4 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-30-2019, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the inputs, everyone.

Turns out it wasn't an SE but a straight Bonnie with some upgrades; tank pads, fly screen, Triumph "High Flow Silencers". Also had a brand new battery that read a bit low at rest; he didn't ride enough to keep it charged and didn't have a battery maintainer but it was only a couple of months old so it'll be fine. The guy just didn't know what he had and was first to admit it. It also didn't have 8000 miles on it, it was slightly less than 3500 miles! Despite being badly in need of fluid changes and having a low battery, it started instantly and ran great, idled and accelerated smoothly, brakes were solid. Body was in outstanding condition; garage kept, not a single scratch or ding on it. He just rarely rode it. For 10 years.

Naturally, I bought it. He was uncommonly reasonable when I pointed out the issues and the price dropped a lot. Tires were original (10 years old!) so I was a bit nervous riding it home. No noticeable dry rot but the rubber was pretty hard.

Already had a recent oil and filter change and passed state inspection (how confidence-inspiring is that!?). So now...tires, brake line flush, fork oil replacement, siphon out old gas and refill with fresh gas and injector cleaner, a bath, chain clean and lube and it'll be road-worthy.

I'll be back.
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Very nice! Good luck with your new bike!

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Congrats on the new bike!

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Nice new bike.
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These are one of the best bikes to live with. Congratulations.
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post #9 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks again, all. Tires (Conti Road Attack 3s), speed bleeders, fluids and cleaning supplies on order.
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post #10 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 03:32 PM
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Nice bike. As others mentioned, they’re bulletproof. I recently mounted Conti Road Attacks on my 2014 in original sizes. Made a hell of difference. Bike handles way better than a basic bike like this should!
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