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Forum: Road warriors 11-24-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,492
Posted By rider33
Honda may be starting to wake up (the 500's) but...

Honda may be starting to wake up (the 500's) but if they had invested the money they spent in building "transformer" bikes that nobody wants (NM4) to real-world bikes that people are actually looking...
Forum: Road warriors 11-20-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,000
Posted By rider33
[QUOTE=Tanshanomi;25540932]I have a couple...

[QUOTE=Tanshanomi;25540932]I have a couple questions about this "late" Bonnie tank:

http://www.2040motos.com/_content/cars/images/80/129880/002.jpg

i don't know the answers but I do have a...
Forum: Road warriors 11-18-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,000
Posted By rider33
I love V7's, particularly some of the variants...

I love V7's, particularly some of the variants they have been coming up with of late. To me tho it feels like a much smaller bike & not too comfy for those of us north of 6', sort of like the...
Forum: Road warriors 11-17-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,488
Posted By rider33
I've never been a fan of the Batwings, they do...

I've never been a fan of the Batwings, they do provide more coverage but that is a lot of weight (and mass) to put on a fork and frankly, it feels a too dash-like for my tastes. If you are going to...
Forum: Road warriors 11-17-2014, 04:52 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,000
Posted By rider33
I really don't think heat is much of an issue, ...

I really don't think heat is much of an issue, it's a parellell twin, not a v so both cylinders get good airflow plus it has an oil cooler. I'm sure if you put enough performance mods on it you...
Forum: Road warriors 11-16-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,381
Posted By rider33
I think you were on the right track in post #3, a...

I think you were on the right track in post #3, a Triumph Scambler. If you are going to have multiple bikes, its a lot more fun to have a range with different strenghts than muliple itterations of...
Forum: Road warriors 11-08-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,000
Posted By rider33
alright, I know I'm partial to the white bikes...

alright, I know I'm partial to the white bikes with painted vs. molded badging, but damn, this thing looks nice:...
Forum: Road warriors 11-01-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,000
Posted By rider33
'bingo, its sort of hard to ride the thing...

'bingo, its sort of hard to ride the thing without a permanent smile on your face. In the race to features, specs, and bleeding edge tech we sometimes forget the riding is really about having fun. ...
Forum: Road warriors 10-30-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,000
Posted By rider33
in my case it looks a bit more like this: ...

in my case it looks a bit more like this:
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w55/rider33-pix/2d820a22da875365dc1a95f54467e57a.jpg
(bars up about an inch and back maybe 1/2", pegs down an inch, and...
Forum: Road warriors 10-30-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,000
Posted By rider33
sorry I don't. I thought I had a picture of a...

sorry I don't. I thought I had a picture of a friend on it who's about my size somewhere but the silly Apple update doesn't seem to want to let me open my photo stream to check. 'Suffice it to say...
Forum: Road warriors 10-29-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,000
Posted By rider33
I'm 6'2" and about 225# and felt sort of that way...

I'm 6'2" and about 225# and felt sort of that way whenever I rode a T100 ('loved the look, 'felt tho like my knees were nearly up to the bars). 'Oddly, when I rode the mag wheel variant, it felt...
Forum: Road warriors 10-28-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,000
Posted By rider33
and least we forget, Triumph wasn't the only one...

and least we forget, Triumph wasn't the only one bringing out a Bonnie in the late '50's:
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w55/rider33-pix/b2d85dd634a0ed1e8739d2498a71d593.jpg
('58 Pontiac...
Forum: Road warriors 10-27-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,000
Posted By rider33
'spokes & chrome fenders just really seem to go...

'spokes & chrome fenders just really seem to go together don't they? That was something the W650 got right from the start.
Forum: Road warriors 10-27-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,000
Posted By rider33
3 special editions for 2015. I've not tended to...

3 special editions for 2015. I've not tended to be a fan of those in the past but the T214 (as in 214 MPH at Bonneville in 1956) is looking pretty good:
...
Forum: Road warriors 10-27-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,000
Posted By rider33
All Things Bonneville

Given the lenght of production, the number of variations & the shear number of them out there, it's high time we have a Triumph Bonneville thread. My take: not the fastest, not the lightest but one...
Forum: Road warriors 10-12-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,003
Posted By rider33
I actually prefer the look of spokes but every...

I actually prefer the look of spokes but every time I'd ride a new Bonnie with them, It just never felt quite right. Then a very clean, used mag wheel Bonnie showed up at my dealer, so I took it...
Forum: Road warriors 09-08-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 278
Views: 56,251
Posted By rider33
so the ST has been in production for something...

so the ST has been in production for something like 24 years and it still doesn't have cruise but Honda adds it in year two for the F6B? These things must be selling better than I thought.
Forum: Road warriors 09-07-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 825
Views: 118,213
Posted By rider33
in '73 I had an RD but I think I would have...

in '73 I had an RD but I think I would have traded you for that. I think there is a Scout in your future. 'Ride one, a cruiser with an actual top end, 'significant grin factor:lol3
Forum: Road warriors 09-07-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 13,510
Posted By rider33
I'm not a big believer in CU but its apt to be...

I'm not a big believer in CU but its apt to be quite a bit more predictive than random internet ravings.
It also tends to line up with my personal experience: all of the big 4 pretty good, model...
Forum: Road warriors 09-01-2014, 03:56 AM
Replies: 1,085
Views: 308,945
Posted By rider33
For a big girl, she dances pretty well down BLM...

For a big girl, she dances pretty well down BLM roads:

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w55/rider33-pix/707ff2465efd0866ecd470ff1c094592.jpg
(Valley of The Gods, UT)

'sort of blows the mind...
Forum: Road warriors 08-19-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 825
Views: 118,213
Posted By rider33
'bummer. They are not bad to look at but they...

'bummer. They are not bad to look at but they are a lot more fun to ride as the point-of-difference becomes abundantly obvious once you turn the go-stick past 5,000 RPM.
Forum: Road warriors 08-19-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 825
Views: 118,213
Posted By rider33
the demo fleet I hit (Twin Cites) had 6 of them....

the demo fleet I hit (Twin Cites) had 6 of them. It was just coming back from Strugis but I 'd be surprised if they'd pull their newest, hottest model from the lineup. Given the number of...
Forum: The Garage 08-19-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,248
Posted By rider33
many marine engines advise against the use of...

many marine engines advise against the use of ethanol blended fuels. As a result, quite a few gas station near recreational lakes & rivers will tend to sell at least one flavor of pure gas,...
Forum: Road warriors 08-15-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,123
Posted By rider33
this. There is a great big world of bikes out...

this. There is a great big world of bikes out there and all have their charms. A different engine in a different frame will give you a very different riding experience. The Bonnie's are well...
Forum: Road warriors 08-12-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 825
Views: 118,213
Posted By rider33
I had a chance to ride one in the demo fleet...

I had a chance to ride one in the demo fleet today. All in all I'd say it's more impressive in person than in photos but if you really want to be impressed, ride one. It has that long wheelbase...
Forum: Road warriors 08-11-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,901
Posted By rider33
actually, I owned a couple of KLR's, 'loved...

actually, I owned a couple of KLR's, 'loved them. More room than a DR and a lot more range. Mine were pre-Tupperware (before 2009 remodel) but about the only thing you'd hurt when you dropped them...
Forum: Road warriors 08-11-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,901
Posted By rider33
I have a Bonnie, my son has a DR and I've put...

I have a Bonnie, my son has a DR and I've put thousands of miles on both. A Goldwing can handle a dirt road so the question becomes one of intendeded use. 70%+ street, get the Bonnie, smooth,...
Forum: Road warriors 07-27-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 32,386
Posted By rider33
If you skim down to the ST portion of this piece,...

If you skim down to the ST portion of this piece, you'll get your answer from a guy who aught to know, the shimming of the swing arm. To my knowledge, that was fixed in later models. The ST1300...
Forum: Road warriors 07-20-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,683
Posted By rider33
for me it relates to the degree of bend and how...

for me it relates to the degree of bend and how wide the bike is. Tight bends (sportbike like) or wide tanks that can bend knees out at odd angles give me sore knees. Lowering the pegs helps, a...
Forum: Road warriors 07-07-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 1,455
Views: 303,595
Posted By rider33
I've not ridden the 800 but I do have a 865...

I've not ridden the 800 but I do have a 865 Bonnie and I did purchase a W650 new when they were avaible in the states. The Bonnie is a very different bike, smoother, more powerful, more modern...
Forum: Road warriors 06-29-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,192
Posted By rider33
I suppose anyone who travels thousands of miles...

I suppose anyone who travels thousands of miles on their own would have to be a bit more independent than most but let me put it to you this way: I also own 3 other bikes with very different...
Forum: Road warriors 06-29-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,192
Posted By rider33
at one point my touring bike was a Road King,...

at one point my touring bike was a Road King, 'nice bike but at that point they had 5 gallon tanks which ment you needed to start looking for gas at around 150 miles. Out west (my favorite place to...
Forum: Road warriors 06-29-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,192
Posted By rider33
tank size clearly plays into it. My ST carries...

tank size clearly plays into it. My ST carries 7.7 gallons which gives it a 300 mile range. GSA's are in that ballpark but not alot else. You also when traveling with others have to deal with who...
Forum: Road warriors 06-28-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,192
Posted By rider33
distance, interesting point. If you are going...

distance, interesting point. If you are going 3-5,000 miles or more on a trip, the benefits of having others with you are likely more muted. My guess would be sport touring bikes spend more of...
Forum: Road warriors 06-28-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,192
Posted By rider33
ST Solo

I just got back from a trip to the southwest on my ST, about 4 thousand miles in a week or so. I traveled on everything from sort-of-gravel in the Valley of the Gods (yes, ST's can do that) to the...
Forum: Road warriors 06-19-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,644
Posted By rider33
V4's are not inexpensive to make but are...

V4's are not inexpensive to make but are exceptionally durable in practice, I've run into several Honda ST's with over 200 thousand miles on them and counting. I'm sure any of the sport touring...
Forum: Road warriors 06-19-2014, 12:24 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,107
Posted By rider33
my touring mount is an ST1300. Somewhere in the...

my touring mount is an ST1300. Somewhere in the Dakota's I pulled up and parked next to a NT700V at a stop and it took me a while to figure out that it was not an ST, they are that close. If I...
Forum: Road warriors 05-20-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 741
Views: 252,806
Posted By rider33
I don't know why but the Triumph Fly screen does...

I don't know why but the Triumph Fly screen does a remarkably good job of taking wind blast down to tolerable levels:
...
Forum: Road warriors 05-17-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 1,085
Views: 308,945
Posted By rider33
Laugh I find traveling thru cooler climates helps...

I find traveling thru cooler climates helps immensely:
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w55/rider33-pix/d8a6e301b5b835d126d466aa9aad3c2b.jpg
(Beartooth)
Forum: Road warriors 05-17-2014, 07:30 AM
Replies: 741
Views: 252,806
Posted By rider33
The new Bonnie's have been made for over a dozen...

The new Bonnie's have been made for over a dozen years now so aftermarket options are extensive, As suggested, performance mods can get expensive (engine) and not really yield that massive of a...
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