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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-30-2014, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from North Carolina, USA

Hello Everyone. I just joined this forum and I am excited about being part of the Triumph Motorcycle Community. I have always loved motorcycles- my first being a Honda CB350 way back in 1973. I graduated to bigger bikes including a Kawasaki 900 a couple of years later in 1975. I rode this particular bike for about a year or so before selling it. Regrettably, for a number of reasons, this was the last bike that I owned or rode.

During all of these years that have passed I have wanted to buy another motorcycle and reconnect with all of the things I loved about having one. Well, the time has arrived and my eye is set on a Triumph Bonneville, in my opinion one of the most beautiful classic bikes ever created. I always wanted one of these gorgeous machines.

I have been talking with a local dealer to purchase one. I have followed the various Triumph Bonneville models over the past couple of years, my favorite being the 2013 Bonneville SE. I love everything about this particular model including the polished and clear-coated transmission casing, the speedometer/tachometer combination, the up-swept tailpipes, etc. Unfortunately, during a recent visit with the dealer I have been in touch with, I have come to find out that the Bonneville SE is no longer available.

Although the current Bonneville model is still a gorgeous bike, I could not help but notice the similarities between the old model SE and the current 2014 T100 (and the Thruxton for that matter). There is a lot that I like about the T100 but the one thing that I do not care for is the exhaust pipes. I like the style found on the Bonneville so much better.

With that in mind, I wondered: Would it be possible to swap out the exhaust pipes that are used on the Bonneville with the ones used on the T100? For that matter, would it be possible to swap out the tank and side covers to the Blue/White color scheme currently available on the Bonneville? I understand that there may be some warranty issues with the dealer and I would have to work around that, but technically, would it be feasible? Of course, I also understand that there would be additional cost as well- which I would be OK with- assuming doing all of this was possible.

Either way, I love the Bonneville and it is still my bike of choice. My hope is that someone here at this forum could provide input and thoughts on the feasibility of modifying the T100 to mimic a 2013 Bonneville SE model. I am not sure if anyone has wanted to do this, but I thought that it was an interesting idea worth exploring prior to my purchase. Thanks so much to anyone taking the time to respond. Your help and insight is greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-30-2014, 04:19 PM
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Welcome. Would it more cost effective to find a used SE? I'm sure they are out there…. swapping out major parts gets pretty expensive.
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Welcome fellow Carolina rider! I think you will be able to either do the pipe (muffler section really) with minimal issue. Certainly nonissue going with aftermarket. Basically, it's the megaphone style vice the peashooter style is what you are going for. Caveat: I have no Bonnie, Thruxton or Scram. So maybe questionable expertise as compared to the Bonneville owners/aficionados out there. Ride Speed Triple, though have great affinity (some would say lust) for the Triumph modern twins, especially the Scram.

Finding a clean used SE will be easier on wallet. However, new is nice too. Less doubt, full warranty to you. Good luck on your search. Hope to see you out riding soon. Cheers!

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-15-2014, 05:12 PM
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Welcome to the forum!
I'm not sure what dealership you are going to but, a new one opened up in Greensboro sometime in February. I think it's called Triad Triumph. That is quite a bit closer than the ones in Raleigh, Charlotte, or Asheville. You may want to check with them about a SE.

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Howdy, neighbor....I'm in Kernersville....BRG Sprint. There are several nice bike on the Charlotte Craigslist at present if used is a possibility, and Fox posts their bikes on Craigslist Raleigh as well, call them for pricing to give a range on what to look for in new bike cost. A couple of Triumph Americas popped up on the Greensboro craigslist. One sounded much like what you are looking for.

I look and lust, no space or $ for more bikes, need to get my Trident up and running.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2014, 05:26 AM
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exhaust swap

Hello all....new guy with much the same problem ( I think ). I have just bought a used Bonneville Se 2010. I would like to swap the exhaust for the old style instead of the ones I have at present. Is this a straight swap or do I need to swap the pipes as well? If so can I find the required pipes in SS...last question.....where? thanks in advance for any help...
I have tried to inset a couple of pic., but not able
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