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Hi everyone,

I've been riding motorbikes since I was 17 (on and off) and I'm 67 now! Strangely, although I had what are now classic bikes when I was a kid, I never owned a Bonneville! The closest I came to it was a Tiger 110 engine which I put in a BSA frame (TRIBSA). I also had a Norton SS, a Royal Enfield Bullet, Royal Enfield Super Meteor, Ariel 500cc twin port single and a Panther 600cc with a sidecar. In terms of modern bikes, I have owned a Triumph Trophy, a Triumph Daytona 955i, two Suzuki GSXR 750's, a Ducati 749, two Honda VFR 800 VTEC's and a couple of others I can't remember much about!

NOW, I own my first Triumph Bonneville 865 as of exactly a week ago! It's gold coloured, black engine and I've just fitted a pair of Norman Hyde Classic Toga exhausts. I am about to remove the AI system, put in a K&N air filter and then have it re-mapped. Being winter, I haven't had much opportunity to ride it (I don't do cold, salt, wet, ****ty roads or extensive unnecessary cleaning!) but what I have done has persuaded me that I should have bought one years ago! Great ride, real old school and looks terrific!

I've had some great (if occasionally contradictory) information from reading forums on TriumphRat.Net which has shaped my views on how to proceed with the performance modifications I intend to do but we're all different and have different views - you just have to sift through and try to get a consensus! I don't intend to do a great deal - just the stuff I mentioned above - I want it kept pretty standard but the performance optimised.

Talk again soon!

Len
 

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