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Whats its worth?

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I have been offered a share into business opportunity and theres part of me toying with the idea of selling my beloved Bonnie to help fund it.
I’m still in two minds about it - partly because I don’t have a clue what its worth - and I’d probably end up wanting to buy it back in a year or two.

Any of you guys know what its worth?

Its a 2001 Carb model, with 5,200 miles on and I have a letter with the bike stating that it was the 4th Bonneville to come of the Hinckley line.
When I brought it I wanted a bike that looked old but rode like new, so I’ve down the following:
Added Rev counter from later models (keeping the original speedo in place)
Removed the secondary Air injection system.
Uprated and balanced the carbs with 41 pilot jets set to 3 and 128 main jets
Fitted Thruxton Carb needles with a .5mm shim to give more mid-range
Removed the baffle & snorkel from the airbox
Fitted a K&N Air Filter
Changed to a Blue Flame coil and leads
Fitted an hi flow bell-mouth
Upgraded the exhaust to a pair of Norman Hyde Togas with the mutes removed
Fitted larger (110 & 150) A40 Adventure tyres
Upgraded the brakes to EBC HH slintered steel
Change the gearing ratios with a 19t sprocket for higher top speed and a more relaxed cruise.
Added larger exhaust fins to help cooling
Upgraded the clutch to an EBC heavy duty to cope with the extra power
Added a grab rail
Changed the seat to a British classic two-tone
Added a headlight guard.
Fitted original knee pads from a 1968 bike
Changed to smaller bar-end mirrors
Fitted fork gaiters.
Changed to smaller indicators
Added a chrome chain guard
Fitted smaller indicators
Added a 1967 Tax disc with period holder
Upgraded the warning lights to brighter LEDs.

So what do you think its worth?

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3500-4k i reckon.
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Nobody is going to get rich investing in a Triumph Bonneville no matter what the provenance. Once a title is in your name "mess" with it until you drop. You are going to be dead for a long time and if are fortunate enough to have a bike you like, keep it and make it better in your eyes until you drop. Even if you sell your bike with Mr. Bloor on the back of it, it is a Bonneville. When you go to sell it, the value is what I want to pay for it, if I want it. Nobody will ever need it. This limited edition stuff, anniversary stuff, and pre/ post Hinkley fire stuff is also b.s. as riding around with the ashes of Elvis, Bud Ekins, or Steve McQueen rubbed onto the tank will stilll make it a used Bonneville. Your documentation makes for a great conversation peice as to the bike, but will not translate into dollars.
spot on mate, my thoughts exactly.
most i presume are just looking for a bike to ride and not caring what number it is etc.
I alos prefer a bike as standard as poss so i know where i start.
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