Love this bike. Bought her new last November. I have no regrets about buying her. (Not even about the high interest loan - you only live once, right?) I been able to ride a few cool modern bikes, but nothing compares to the old school feel of the Bonneville. People ask me why I bought this bike, and other than the obvious reasons (It's a Triumph, dude) I tell people its like riding a new old bike. No fancy gauges, electronics, computers (or suspension) to intrude on my enjoyment of the ride. It's a motorbike, pure and simple. Not to mention fun to work on. Lack of funds has prohibited any serious mods, but I've done the cheap stuff (AI removal, Bafflectomy) and can't wait to do more!
My dad rode a '63 Bonnie when he was my age. I guess bikes are in my blood. I remember seeing pictures of dad's bike and thinking it was really cool. I developed a serious interest in motorbikes a few years ago and have had my heart set on a Bonnie ever since. I'm glad I was finally able to get one, especially it being the last carbureted model. No offense to you EFI folks, I'm sure the new bikes are fantastic, but I like playing with jets, needles, floats, and such.
I took a nice ride this past weekend to a popular biker hang out about an hour away. There were about 100 bikes there, some of which were very cool. I'm proud to say that my Triumph was one of the bikes getting lots of attention. On the way home I couldn't resist whacking the throttle wide open on a long straight section just to see how fast I could go. I came real close to hitting the ton, but couldn't quite do it. Exciting anyway - That sort of speed, while not impressive on a sportbike, is pure adrenaline on a Bonneville - I haven't been the same since.
Anyway, sorry to go on...just wanted to share. Here's to the next 49000 miles!