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Welcome to the forum!

Sorry it has taken me a while to reply to your introduction. I have been out of town this last week.

It is very hard for any one person to make the best suggestions to another about what would be that one best motorcycle. We are all different. If you are settled on a water-cooled Bonneville, I think the T120 is the best "do it all" model. And the water-cooled 1200 twin will be a nice upgrade from an 883. But you also mentioned the Street Triple, and that is the motorcycle I would want if these were my choices and I was to only have one. My Speed Triple is by far my favorite motorcycle. Comfortable, very capable in many aspects of riding, and with a hooligan's heart. The new 765 Street Triples are amazing machines. But these are just my opinions.

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I would say triple as it'll be a real change of pace from the twin cylinder bikes.
I rode nothing but twins and singles for decades and now have 7 triples and only one twin if that tells you anything.

Belt drive, eh. They're fine until they pop with no warning.
 

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i traded my top heavy pig, a 2008 XL1200L that was just ok even after upgrades. had a 70 bonnie in 70's + should have just went to my local triumph dealer Hermy's in Port Clinton PA. bought a base 2012 bonnie but after riding a 13 hammer i wanted the forward controls so looking into the new speedmaster or an older one for a tug for my "chair" a nice motorvation spyder i got from a member here.
 

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I have finally decided. Im going to sell the 883 Sportster so I can buy a Triumph. But its difficult to choose when there so many amazing machines. Street Scrambler, T120 or the Street Triple. Decisions decisions.....
Have a look at the Speed Twin.

The street 3 is a big departure from your sportster but is a great bike.
 

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I have never bought any branded gear and I never will. I cringe every time I see someone with a Harley jacket. What are you trying to tell people dude? That the marketing people got to you? Oofff I cringe just thinking about it. Someone pass me a pillow.
I have a closet and drawer full of Triumph gear. My wife recently asked me how many "T" riding jackets I have. I don't know. 8 to 10. It's really good quality and looks good, too. I've rarely paid full list. Promotional, closeout, gifts. Forum flea markets are good places for great prices.

I even have a Harley shirt or two. They were gifts.
 

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My T100 with 865cc, although far from being the fastest and quickest bike is enormously more powerful than my 883 Sportster. It is quite a tickle to go from the HD to the Triumph. I like the HD and the Triumph pretty much equally as the HD has other endearing qualities to offset the lack of acceleration. Constant speed highway cruising can be done at any legal speed and more with either bike. A T120 will be even faster and quicker than a T100. I have chain drive on both bikes and prefer that over a belt as ratios can be easily changed. I have done just that. For mostly long distance travel I can envision that a belt would be better to eliminate the chain lubing chore.
I've tried the Street Twin for about 2 hours on the highway. Amazing engine, and I think it is the same engine as the T100. To be completely honest, the T100 will be more than strong enough for my use. Its just good to know that you have the extra grunt from the T120 if the situation requires it :)
 

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Welcome to the forum!

Sorry it has taken me a while to reply to your introduction. I have been out of town this last week.

It is very hard for any one person to make the best suggestions to another about what would be that one best motorcycle. We are all different. If you are settled on a water-cooled Bonneville, I think the T120 is the best "do it all" model. And the water-cooled 1200 twin will be a nice upgrade from an 883. But you also mentioned the Street Triple, and that is the motorcycle I would want if these were my choices and I was to only have one. My Speed Triple is by far my favorite motorcycle. Comfortable, very capable in many aspects of riding, and with a hooligan's heart. The new 765 Street Triples are amazing machines. But these are just my opinions.
No worries, and thank you. So yesterday I had my first "crash". I was riding my brothers Yamaha FZ6. Came into a slippery curv too fast, hit the back brakes too hard, no ABS so they wheel jammed and i drove straight into the ditch. Luckily I didn't sustain any injuries, just a little sore in the legs and the ribs. The bikes front brake lever is broken, same with the rightside mirror.

So, for now I think the Street Triple is out of the question. Too much power for me. I will just to something stupid on it. T120 or Street Scrambler it is.
 

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I have finally decided. Im going to sell the 883 Sportster so I can buy a Triumph. But its difficult to choose when there so many amazing machines. Street Scrambler, T120 or the Street Triple. Decisions decisions.....
I really don't think you can go wrong with this idea. ...J.D.
 

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I actually did this myself . I went from hd to triumph and regardless of not a ton of triumph stealerships everywhere I found it not a big issue. I've ridden my 2013 America cross country 6 times. Never in its 70 thousand miles have I had any major issues. Just basic maintenance. Plus it's just cooler and more comfortable ride than a boring sporty. And chains are much less pricey than belts. Yup I'd go after triumph any day .
 

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You will miss the SOUND, ...
This is something I will NEVER understand ! Living in a neighborhood that was overrun with Harleys before the last recession. They sound like a broken air compressor. Thankfully most of those guys lost thier homes here and had to move on. My world is better for it. ...J.D.
 

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Ex. Street XG750 owner cross over to T100 recently. Yet to go long distant with my Bonnie, my personal comparison between these 2.

1. Street is agile, nimble and ever ready throttle, dislike are throttle over sensitive, to go out for a coffee shop breakfast, one go thru like 10 speed bumps and sometimes accidentally push up the throttle or went thru small potholes.

2. Bonnie is not so agile, making a u turn takes getting use to it, love the low speed cruising, even at 5th gear, it just cruise along smoothly. when one needs to catch up, just need to rev more throttle which is good to me.

got my first big bike XG750 when slightly over half a century old(last bike was more than 30 yrs ago), and now bonnie. something I hate cleaning after every ride are chain vs belt.
 

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You will miss the SOUND, ...
This is something I will NEVER understand ! Living in a neighborhood that was overrun with Harleys before the last recession. They sound like a broken air compressor. Thankfully most of those guys lost thier homes here and had to move on. My world is better for it. ...J.D.
I agree with you. The previous owner of the sportster had put on some obnoxious slip ons. After a couple of days I'd had enough. I felt embarrassed every morning. Luckily I had the original pipes.
 

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Ex. Street XG750 owner cross over to T100 recently. Yet to go long distant with my Bonnie, my personal comparison between these 2.

1. Street is agile, nimble and ever ready throttle, dislike are throttle over sensitive, to go out for a coffee shop breakfast, one go thru like 10 speed bumps and sometimes accidentally push up the throttle or went thru small potholes.

2. Bonnie is not so agile, making a u turn takes getting use to it, love the low speed cruising, even at 5th gear, it just cruise along smoothly. when one needs to catch up, just need to rev more throttle which is good to me.

got my first big bike XG750 when slightly over half a century old(last bike was more than 30 yrs ago), and now bonnie. something I hate cleaning after every ride are chain vs belt.
Thank you for the input. I'm actually considering the T100 instead of T120 after the crash.
 

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Welcome to the forum!

Which model T100 do you ride?

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oh...i tot T120 would be better, anyway, this forum is one gigantic input to absorb.

the previous owner has the custom made exhaust(obviously loud) and kept the original one. Rode it a couple of days and change back to original, from Harley to these quite exhaust, WOW.... Sooooooooo Nice to cruise, my cheap helmet now sounded like SHOEI !!!

not that harley sounds not good, but given the 1 year i rode, its just nice and quite for a change(from city to countryside).
 
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