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Has anyone gone from full on sport bikes or naked sporty bikes to a Bonnie? I've been tossing around the idea since the T100 was released, but have always been sidetracked...most recently by a Kaw Z1000 (awesome bike BTW). Just looking for thoughts/opinons from those who might have made a similar switch. Thanks in advance...


BTW...style, if you're reading this, don't go blabbing to CF that I'm on the search :razz:
 

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I made the switch. My first bike was a Suzuki GS400. Always loved the styling of that bike. The rest, besides my beloved Bonnie, were of the sport variety. I can say this. I've had more fun on my GS400 and Bonnie than I did on my sport bikes. More comfortable and insurance ain't bad either.

I will say this. Any bike where your ass is above your head, it's just how I felt on my sport bikes, is probably not the bike to be riding.
 
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Hi, i went from a sports bike to a new t100, my last 4 bikes have been a 900 hornet, the next 3 were yamaha r1's, my last r1 was a injection model, a lovely bike, but after going to this years iom tt races i decided when i got back i was going to have a change of bike,i was fed up with sports bikes and wanted something different, i looked at the yamaha fz1, & the mt01, & the t100, i had some test rides, they were all nice bikes & i decided to go for the t100, every time i jump on it i get a smile from ear to ear, its brilliant & the wife loves coming on the back because its so comfortable, ive done more miles on this bike than all my others, its put the fun back into biking, it gave me the same feeling as when i got my first bike & went everywhere on it, its a no frills form of biking, and when you get used to it you can really get move on, on fast country lanes, i find it handles fine & the brakes are pretty good, and so many people want to talk to you about it, ive just fitted a short triumph rear fender, a jenks monza filler cap & some moto twin straight through stainless pipe, it sounds awesome, so from my experience it was well worth a try,
ALL THE BEST, WAGGY.... :)
 

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On 2006-12-14 14:34, WAGGY wrote:
Hi, i went from a sports bike to a new t100, my last 4 bikes have been a 900 hornet...
hmm...that holds a lot of weight with me, I had a 919 3 bikes ago...

[ This message was edited by: sargent on 2006-12-14 15:13 ]
 

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I had the R1 and changed over and am very happy.

And it wasn't because I was disatisfied with the R1, not at all! I thought it was about the best bike in the world - reliable, fast as*****, sexy, comfortable as can be, everything about it was fantastic. I only sold it because it was getting on a bit and I thought I'd buy a newer one... three or four bikes late I took a chance on the bonnie and I reckon I'd give it about 9 out of 10.
It's just awesome! It's got character and doesn't age like the plastic fantastics.
Ideally you would have both, but if you must choose, choose the bonnie.
 

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I would say 'do a test ride' I got suckered in with out doing a test ride on the premise if I wasn't happy just return it! Yeah right - should of seen em ducking for cover when I went back! Yes I know I was stupid, but really didn't expect to be dissapointed in the Bonnie.
Anyway I have a T100 after owning a variety of bikes including dirt, sports, supermoto and I cannot beleive how 'unresponsive' it is. Somewhere in those 865cc's has to be some power - where did they lose it?
It is 'cool' to ride but I miss that feeling of acceleration.
I will now throw money at pipes and Narks and other performance mods but I can only ever see owning a Bonnie as a 6 to12 month proposition for me.
Once the 08 models come out I will be looking to go back from whence I came
 

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I still own sport bikes, a Ducati 916, an Aprilia Falco and a Buell XB9S. From my vantage point I still love riding them. However realistically on the street I do ride them fasted and harder than I should. When I ride my Thruxton I can get the same rush with some moderation.
 

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I miss my Ducati's instant power and torque when I'm on my Scrambler, but when I'm on my Scrambler my wrists and hip don't start to hurt after an hour's ride. As I get older, I'm all about the upright position of the Triumph and Supermoto. I may actually sell my Sport 1000 and get one of those Hypermotards instead as I can't not have a Duc.
 

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I moved from a Speed Triple to the Bonnie. The Bonnie is good fun and looks and sounds great but I miss the performance, cornering clearance, braking and straightline grunt of the triple.
You can have a lot of fun on twisty roads with the Bonnie and cruising is easier to do than on a sportsbike where the temptation is always to ride fast.
If you go into the deal expecting to have fun at a slower pace then you wont be dissapointed. The engine may not be state of the art but it has bags of character. If you want to go fast riding with sports bike buddies on fast flowing roads then buy the Bonnie as a second bike.
The Bonnie also feels really heavy.
 

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I have both (plus smaller cc enduro) - well .. not a T100 per se, as it started out as a standard Bonnie - which has now morphed itself into something of a cafe. I tend to ride it a bit more than my Ninja - and I really enjoy riding the Ninja - but it doesn't have the style of the Triumph ...

If I had to choose just one? Hands down the Bonnie.
 

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If it's in your soul and the Bonnie calls out to you, you owe it to yourself to give it a go.

In order from current BonnieRed:
BonnieBlack
Triumph Sprint RS 955
BMW R1150RA
XL1200'S'

and sport bikes, full dressers, standards, and exotics....
 

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My last 3 road bikes before the Thruxton:-

02 Aprilia Mille R
05 1050 Speed Triple
99 Honda VTR 1000 (still with me)

I have more fun on the Thruxtion than on any of the above bikes. Sure, they are all quicker, but the Thruxton is more exciting to ride and I can use all of its performance without going at silly speeds to get my kicks. It looks soooo cool as well.
 

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On 2006-12-14 19:04, MAR wrote:
I still own sport bikes, a Ducati 916, an Aprilia Falco and a Buell XB9S. From my vantage point I still love riding them. However realistically on the street I do ride them fasted and harder than I should. When I ride my Thruxton I can get the same rush with some moderation.
MAR: How does your XB9S compaire to the Thruxton? Both are twins with apprx. the same cc:s.
 

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The Buell is like cheating. It is the shortest wheelbase I have ever ridden other than my CT 90. The motor is making acceptable power (for a Harley. Eric Buell does try!). Lots of usable torque. I used to own a KTM Duke 2 and it handles like that only with power and less vibration. The Thruxton (which I love so don't take offense) needed suspension work and brakes. However once dialed in, and this is a work in progress, the Thruxton is great. It loves the sweepers and the power is real even all the way up to red line. I actually enjoy riding the Thruxton more than the Buell but the "cool" factor plays a part as well.
 

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with my xb9s i can ride longer distance. has great power (for me) and it's cool when you want to cut up some roads and act like a hoodlum. the thruxton is more civilized more of a gentleman's bike. great for commute to work,country roads, and looking & sounding way cool.....
 

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I went from a 1975 CB550F to an '04 Bonnie. The Bonnie has brakes. And pick up. Handling. Style. Did I mention brakes? I go from a sports bike to a Bonneville sports bike at least five times a week in the summer. Sport bike riders may be suprised how well Bonnies handle. In some tight twisties, I actually prefer the Bonnie to the Daytona. It's narrow chassis and tires make it fun to ride.

[ This message was edited by: Brooksie on 2006-12-15 19:56 ]
 
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