Main Motorcycle: '72 Bonneville 5-speed
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Woods of Virginia
Other Motorcycle: '09 Harley CVO FLTRSE3
Extra Motorcycle: '97 Harley Wide Glide
FINALLY! Got my 2018 Speedmaster!
And could not be more pleased! Just had to let everyone know by starting a new thread here as I've been talking about getting one for over a year.
I've been discussing price with our FANTASTIC Triumph dealer in Richmond (cannot recommend more highly) who I've known since she took on the Triumph dealership here years ago, and today was the day. In 55 years of riding, this is my first NEW bike, ever. Bought lots of "like new" bikes, but never new.
When I had my horrible 1959 Harley 165 in 1964, a good friend had a new '64 Bonneville - that he let me ride any time I wanted. And that was my "First Love" - you never forget your first love. That led me into getting into classic Triumph's 10 years ago.
I got a new red 2018 simply because it matches my 1971 Trophy 500 T100C that I love so much and they make a pair now. Wish the sun was hitting the tanks the same so you could see the similarities.
I've only put 60 some miles on the bike but they confirm my hour long test ride a year ago: this beautiful bike does all things well. No, it doesn't excel at anything - but its well-rounded character, performance, abilities, features, strengths, etc. bring me to conclude that it does all things well.
I know of no other bike I can say that about.
I now have 6 bikes in my stable (at one time I had 8): 4 Triumph's (3 early '70's classics as you see below), and 2 Harley's. If I had to get rid of all of them but one - the Bonneville Speedmaster is the one I'd keep.
I could not be more pleased.
'72 Bonneville T120V (above), '71 Trophy 500 T100C, '74 Trident T150V,
2018 Triumph Bonneville SPEEDMASTER! A Dream Collection" (w/apologies to all '60's purists)