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Hi everyone,

Just recently joined this forum after owning a 2003 Bonneville T100 for a few weeks now. I've always dreamed of owning a Bonneville as I always admired the looks and the sound of them. I'm more of a laid-back rider. For me, biking is about exploring, enjoying the ride and the scenery - the T100 has so far been perfect for that and it's been everything I hoped/dreamed it would be.

My bike has done just over 39,000 miles and has just one previous owner. It needs a few bits and pieces sorting which I am slowly working on - I will try and do most of it myself but will try and get the work done by a professional where I feel I am completely out of my depth. I don't have a garage so that make everything more of a challenge.

Here's a picture of my bike:

Wheel Tire Plant Fuel tank Automotive fuel system


I'm returning to biking after around 11 years of not owning or riding a motorbike. Started slowly first with a 125cc bike and now the T100 after I had built up my confidence.
 

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What is it you think you need done by a professional? fork Seals? Valve Adjust?

I too have only a shade tree, no garage. and yet... there is a lot I can do in the yard.
You can do oil change, chain lube, seat/tank removal to check - if not correct - valve clearance. Even take wheels off.

I do refuse to do things like fork oil change or actual valve adjustment if I cannot get under the canopy on the cement driveway of my girlfriends house. Rain, sudden cold, waiting for parts stinks with my disassembled bike out there on the lawn. omg I would rather have a garage!
 

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Hi everyone,

Just recently joined this forum after owning a 2003 Bonneville T100 for a few weeks now. I've always dreamed of owning a Bonneville as I always admired the looks and the sound of them. I'm more of a laid-back rider. For me, biking is about exploring, enjoying the ride and the scenery - the T100 has so far been perfect for that and it's been everything I hoped/dreamed it would be.

My bike has done just over 39,000 miles and has just one previous owner. It needs a few bits and pieces sorting which I am slowly working on - I will try and do most of it myself but will try and get the work done by a professional where I feel I am completely out of my depth. I don't have a garage so that make everything more of a challenge.

Here's a picture of my bike:

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I'm returning to biking after around 11 years of not owning or riding a motorbike. Started slowly first with a 125cc bike and now the T100 after I had built up my confidence.
 

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What is it you think you need done by a professional? fork Seals? Valve Adjust?

I too have only a shade tree, no garage. and yet... there is a lot I can do in the yard.
You can do oil change, chain lube, seat/tank removal to check - if not correct - valve clearance. Even take wheels off.

I do refuse to do things like fork oil change or actual valve adjustment if I cannot get under the canopy on the cement driveway of my girlfriends house. Rain, sudden cold, waiting for parts stinks with my disassembled bike out there on the lawn. omg I would rather have a garage!
I'm relatively new to DIY mechanics so I'm slowly building up my skills. Things like oil changes, checking/replacing spark plugs etc I feel confident with. Valve clearance checks on the Bonnie don't look too difficult but like you if I need to replace any shims then I haven't really got the space to keep the bike safely stored under cover while I wait for parts. I'm keeping an eye out for garages to rent in my area though!

Thanks for your reply though as it gives me a confidence boost knowing what's possible without a garage.
 

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