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Old 05-09-2014, 06:54 AM   #691
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Thanks Paul. The bars are Superbars but I can't remember if they are from New Bonneville or Bella Corse. I've got a pair of Alpina wheels on the way also, can't wait to see them on the bike :)
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Old 05-15-2014, 01:37 PM   #692
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I laced up a set of Alpina wheels for my Bonneville T100 last summer and I like them.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:22 PM   #693
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:59 PM   #694
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If I get a T100 ... How much money (budget) should I consider to spend in order to have a great bike?

Suspension, seats, etc etc.
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:07 PM   #695
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i am approaching a new norton price tag amount of money into my thruxton with no cosmetic stuff done.brakes,suspension,exhaust, motor and fueling and it's getting there,but nowhere near great yet.you can throw lots of money at the modern classics,but don't expect to much performance.i have learned the hard way that's not what they are about.if i had to do it again i would put hagon 2810's on the rear-emulators and springs on the front and call it a day.
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Old 05-16-2014, 01:01 PM   #696
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i am approaching a new norton price tag amount of money into my thruxton with no cosmetic stuff done.brakes,suspension,exhaust, motor and fueling and it's getting there,but nowhere near great yet.you can throw lots of money at the modern classics,but don't expect to much performance.i have learned the hard way that's not what they are about.if i had to do it again i would put hagon 2810's on the rear-emulators and springs on the front and call it a day.
I think that about sums it up nicely.
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Old 05-16-2014, 01:16 PM   #697
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If I get a T100 ... How much money (budget) should I consider to spend in order to have a great bike?

Suspension, seats, etc etc.
That all depends on what you want to do with it. If you want rugged 80% off road capability, then a lot will have to be done. For mostly road work, the bike is pretty good as-is IMO. (This is coming from a guy who has a '68 CB350 for comparison, though.)

I changed the saddle (a must do) to K&Q which I don't see online now, but as I recall was roughly $250, Corbins were a bit higher. Another thing that is important is adding auxiliary lighting as the headlight I have found to be poor. I added a couple Model 30 LED spots from ADVMonster, IIRC for $120. I highly recommend them. Another thing for touring I would not neglect is putting on a windscreen. (I once rode from Florida to Michigan without mine on my CB350 during a cold April, as I had dropped the bike while loading up and broke the screen just before leaving, and I had a new screen waiting for me in Michigan for the return trip.) Mine is a removable National Cycle Deflector DX which is about $145.

It is nice to have a rear rack and the Triumph one is not bad at $200. A center stand is nice and will run $239 or a bit less for aftermarket. I added engine bars and there are some choices on those depending on your exhaust, but say $139 to $250. Add a tail bag (about $100), tank bag ($80-100), and some throw over saddlebags (I like Cortech Sportbags with Top bag system for another couple hundred $) and you are good to go. I've ridden mine over 25,000 miles in the last couple years like this. A bunch of that stuff, though like the bags you would be adding to any bike you bought.

That said, I have heard new suspension really helps the bike, so you can add a lot of dough for that. I ride mostly tarmac, about 90%, so I don't see the need, but if I go to Alaska next year as planned I might think about new shocks.

I know lots will disagree on the stock bike, but I have many mile son mine, and just published a book by a gal who did solo cross USA on a stock bike, and also, Dogtired (see Zen thread in RRs) rode stock except for a trailer hitch and last time in the thread he was up past 10,000 miles.

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Old 05-16-2014, 02:40 PM   #698
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i am approaching a new norton price tag amount of money into my thruxton with no cosmetic stuff done.brakes,suspension,exhaust, motor and fueling and it's getting there,but nowhere near great yet.you can throw lots of money at the modern classics,but don't expect to much performance.i have learned the hard way that's not what they are about.if i had to do it again i would put hagon 2810's on the rear-emulators and springs on the front and call it a day.
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:01 PM   #699
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that's not the reaction i usually get, but thank you.
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Old 05-17-2014, 06:30 AM   #700
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If I get a T100 ... How much money (budget) should I consider to spend in order to have a great bike?

Suspension, seats, etc etc.

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 difference. If you are really looking for boy-racer type performance, you might want to look elsewhere because that's not really what these bikes are about (see speed tripple). The things that are really a good spend IMHO would be a new seat (anything but the OEM) and suspension upgrades (shocks, springs). How much that costs depends on what you do. A high-end seat might set you back north of $500 or the auto upholstery shop down the street might be able to modify the stocker for $100. Bleeding edge Ohlin's might set you back a grand tho TEC also sells a set of shocks for $100 that are a massive improvement over the stockers (a remarkably low bar to clear) as well. I'd budget $500-1,000 but keep in mind part of the fun of these bikes are all the little bits you can add to make it your own.
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:49 AM   #701
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Thank you guys, I appreciate your answers.
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Old 05-18-2014, 07:36 AM   #702
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...keep in mind part of the fun of these bikes are all the little bits you can add to make it your own.
^ yes...
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:29 AM   #703
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Thanks, just over 1,500 miles now and I can't stay off it, my other bikes are being seriously neglected.

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Old 05-20-2014, 08:42 AM   #705
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Couldn't find a general Bonnieville thread, so I'll post this here. Test rode a Bonnie on Friday and it just seems like a great Sunday backroad cruiser. After not owning a bike for over 20 years, I just felt right at home on it. However, at interstate highway speeds 65-70, seemed like a ton of wind (there was a bad 20+ mph headwind also).

As I would use any bike I get for commuting and some short touring weekend trips, I would likely add a small wind screeen. Probably something larger than a fly screen, like the National Deflector. What has your experience been with screens that size? Probably better rear shocks would be called for too for regular interstate highway travel on our frost heaved roads in MN. Thanks, and sorry if this is posted on the wrong thread.

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