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I currently ride a '99 Legend TT, which is an OK bike, but I don't really like the souind of the engine, the width of the tank the heat from the radiator and the height of the seat (too low) as well as the complexity of liquid cooling.. I have been looking at the Bonnevilles and like the narrow build, it reminds me of my old '67 tiger cub. Has anyone in this forum ridden a triple like the legend? how do they compare as to acceleration, handling ride etc?
Most of my riding is short trips on back roads.
Would I gain anything by making the switch?
 

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Don't really know anything about the new model triples, I'd say with airbox removal and free flowing exhaust that it is very similar to my old 72 rocket 3 bsa tho.

That and you'll draw alot more attention when out on the bike. Mine take's on average about 30 minute's to fill up at the gas station. :)
 

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Hi,
I had a 99 Legend and now have a 03 Bonneville T100.
I prefer the Bonneville.
The weight of both bikes is pretty close, but the Legend seems much more top heavy.
The Bonneville feels much lighter and easier to toss around.
The Bonneville also sems easier to turn around at very low speeds like when making u-turns.
The seat height is higher which fits me better.
The acceleration is similar for bith bikes.
I changed the silencers to TORs and rejetted the carbs.

Good luck!
 

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I had a 95 Thunderbird and while the stying was nice I think that the styling of the Bonneville is right on especially the engine styling compared to the T-birds.

The Thunderbird and legend tanks were quite large as was the radiator. The Bonnie and now my Scrambler feel lighter handling, the Thunderbird carries more weight up high which helps plant the tires once in a corner but I prefer the light feel of the Bonnie.

My Thunderbird was also quicker than my Bonnie and the especially the Scrambler.

If your looking for a taller seat height then the Scrambler may work for you.
 

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I visited the local dealer today and sat on several bonnevilles, they had the sort of feel that I remember from my triumph cubs, but the seat seemed really hard, are these replaceable? The dealer had a leftover America for about 7500, this seemed fairly comfotable but I didn't like the style as much as the classic bonneville, About a month before it is time to ride here in the frozen tundra of upstate ny ( below zero windchill and zero visibilty with lake effect snow today :mad:
 

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There are a lot of aftermarket seats available - do a Google for them or go to www.corbin.com - but other suppliers can do some more comfortable stuff. Also there are sone specialist vehicle upholsterers who could rework the existing seat pan.

I think the problem is a combination of a firm seat and firm suspension. I upgraded the rear (and front) suspension - got better handling and the seat seems fine now. You might find with putting a few miles on an unmodified body the seat will supple up a bit anyway.
 

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I used to have a Legend- it was stolen last year. Better than my Bonneville on the open road, used less petrol, could take all of my camping gear, good on higher speeds after installing lower handlebars( MZ 350 bars)...The T100 still has to prove itself; lower quality parts like steel screws instead of stainless, more plastic (fenders ) not the pull of a triple but it scores higher on the fun score and it sure doesn't look as dull and likes the twisties better. It's also a better fit in being higher and the kneepads on the tank really work on this one.
In short, I sure will get used to it !

Thieu. :roll:
 
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