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I recently purchased a 2011 Bonneville SE locally from a young widower that only put 488 miles on the bike. So the bike was basically brand new when I took ownership. So far I've only put on 300 miles and have loved every one of them. Unfortunately, the bike developed a bad miss and I had to trailer it up to the dealership (Hoping to get final diagnosis after the dealer calls Triumph on Monday for authorization). Between this and the annoying fuel pump squeal, I am wondering about the long term reliability of the Bonnie. The bike is soon to be my primary vehicle (at least for the fall/winter) and I looking to get some thoughts on other experiences. The nearest dealer is 50 miles away and a pain to get to given my work schedule. I know stuff happens I am just starting to wonder if I need to rethink my transportation plans.

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Over 38,000 miles in 17 months, and I've had only one issue with my 2010 T-100. The taillight bulb. Other than that, just normal wear parts like tires, brake pads, and chain/sprocket.

You may want to get your fuel pump checked out though, as mine only squeals when I'm starting it for the first time after I've had the tank off. Normally, it is a barely audible hum, and only then for a few seconds when you turn on the key.
 

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I wouldn't be too worried about long-term reliability. Misfires can develop in any vehicle. Many here have serious mileage on their Bonnies and very few serious problems have come up.
 

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I have over 54,000 miles on my 2010 T100 and it has been very reliable. Here are the exceptions:

Two headlights and one tail light bulb burned out.

Water that got under the oil pressure switch boot -- behind the cylinders -- after 200 miles of heavy rain riding. This caused the switch to show low oil pressure when it was really fine. I pulled the boot and sprayed it with WD-40. That cured the issue.

Twice, while riding all day in rain on a recent trip, I began loosing power and the bike ran ragged on long climbs. Pulling off the road "fixed" the issue the first time. The second time, I got off the road and noted water around the left spark plug boot. I pulled the boots, borrowed some WD-40 from some guys who happened to be working in the parking lot and was on my way again. I just did a big tune-up on the Bonnie and put a little silicon grease on the new plugs before slipping the boots on so this should not happen again and I should have done this before anyway. So my fault.

One flat rear tire -- nail. Pulled into a parking lot, patched the tube and got back on the road.

The crank position sensor went out. This happened at Crater Lake National Park and caused a real inconvenience, but we paid a kid to take us in his pickup to Medford, OR where Hansen's Motors sells Triumph. In the morning, they hooked the computer up, found the issue, called Triumph, and, even though I was past warranty, Triumph shipped a new sensor overnight and we were on our way by 2:30 the next afternoon.

Three rain riding issues that were easy for me to diagnose, a flat tire that was my fault for hitting the nail in the first place, bulbs burn out for everyone, and the sensor should have lasted 40 years and is probably a generic part that you might find in any modern engine.

There are bikes that slip out and have or develop real issues, but most issues can mess up your day only if you give up on figuring out what the issue really is. Modern motorcycles are pretty reliable and Bonnevilles are probably as reliable as most of the others. The issue you have now will probably not turn out to be much and I would sure try to find out what they find so you can deal with it yourself if it happens again.

Regards, Chuck
 

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Your bike's not even run in yet, don't worry about it
 

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Just teething problems due to lack of use maybe?

I've only heard good things about the reliability of them so far. I bought my 2010 model at 22 months old with 1,650 dry miles on it and in the last month I've put 450 on it no problems at all (touch wood).
 

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Just teething problems due to lack of use maybe?
My dealer warned me about proper break in. Said if I rode too gentle the rings wouldn't seat and the break in would be botched (he said the cure was riding it like a banshee to fix it).

Could be the PO was far too gentle. I say give it hell and you'll love it.
 

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I bought a 2011 T-100 in April that has 804 miles on it. It now has about five thousand more. My only issue was a nail in the rear tire. Other then that, 5000 miles of pure joy!!!
 

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They are as reliable as a brick. 2 different T100's about 30k miles between the 2 and only 1 minor problem, fixed under warranty.
 

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my 2001...53,000 miles...the bike is bullet proof...most reliable machine I have ever owned.
 

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Thanks for all of the replies, I am very encouraged. I really can't say much about the how it was ridden the first 488. It ran strong and smooth and then without warning it was not rideable. The dealer tech wouldn't even take it out of the parking lot. I'll keep everyone posted on the diagnosis and outcome.
 

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Did you know there is a scheduled 500 mile initial inspection/oil change on Bonnies? Ask the dealer to check to see if this has been done on your bike. If it hasn't you might as well have them do it while it is there.
 

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Did you know there is a scheduled 500 mile initial inspection/oil change on Bonnies? Ask the dealer to check to see if this has been done on your bike. If it hasn't you might as well have them do it while it is there.
I serviced the bike the first week I had it.....I had to get to know the bike. I used factory spec Castrol and Triumph oil filter. BTW, I'm glad to see another Triumph owner out there in my neck of the woods :)
 

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Update

Just to give everyone an update....The problem was diagnosed as a bad fuel pump. Since I was experiencing the prime squeal at startup, this may kill two birds with one stone :D The dealer is now just waiting for the part, hoping to be back on the road soon.
 

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2011 T100 with 11K miles. Other that the cam cover leak that seems to be close to universal, no problems whatsoever. I love this bike.
 

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2011 t100

2011 T100 one year, one month and 10,300 miles on stock tires. I have had no issues as far as anything going out or it not running right. It is just now feeling like it has loosened up from break in. I have ridden it to work mostly and every now and then give it heck on takeoff, its fast when you push it.

I'm looking for tires because I have worn out both the front and rear. Took it back to the dealer for the 500 mile, 6000 mile service. I have been lubing and setting the tension on the chain and keep the tire pressure up. Other than that just ride it and every now and then put a little gas in.

The only thing I had as a problem was the headlight did not want to stay adjusted, it would creep up and point into the sky as you went down the road. I made some rubber washers that are still in place to keep it where I want it.


Good luck with yours, it sounds like the dealer found the problem.
 

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I agree with uncleal, the only problem you will have is probably an oil leak around the cam cover. Can be a pain in the but since the head bolts stripped easily. Bike is a labor of a love and you will love it and will never want to part.
 

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Whilst I can't speak to the fuelie aspect, my "old" '07 has been ridiculously reliable, the only niggle, and a very minor one, was the cam cover weep cited and addressed by myself (and added some bling at the same time).

It has easily been among the best of the twenty or so bikes I have owned. I like working on them...considered breaking it now and then so I would have something to do. Thought better of it and went through a string of ratty bikes that needed some help. :cool:
 
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