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Old 01-28-2013, 07:45 AM   #31
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:51 AM   #32
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why not use the 1700cc Thunderbird motor?
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:32 AM   #33
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.....or the 675 Triple?

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:28 AM   #34
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why not use the 1700cc Thunderbird motor?
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.....or the 675 Triple?

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Old 01-30-2013, 02:14 PM   #35
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An updated version of the Thunderbird Sport of the late 90s would be sweet! I have wanted a Bonnie since before I got my first bike, but the stock motor, suspension and brakes leave me a little cold. I wanted a Duc GT1000 for the looks, but the stories of tank swell and price (and the fact it wasn't Triumph written on the tank) turned me off.

Excited for more info on this one!
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:22 PM   #36
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Every bike under 10K and most over need better shocks and fork work. On the Bonnie it's very reasonable to do. As for a few more ponies, they are there for the asking. I'm not keen on spending MORE on a new bike but that class is what it is. Plenty of us ride 'em stock and swap out a few parts as they need it-however for 300 I installed Progressive 412's on my brand new 09 Bonnie-big improvment.

I've had 4 of them and they are good bikes overall. One's hacked!
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:33 PM   #37
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An updated version of the Thunderbird Sport of the late 90s would be sweet!
That was a great bike! I put quite a few miles on a '98 T-Bird Sport demo.

A little heavy at about 500-lbs, but loads of fun!

Retro bodywork on a current Speed Triple would do the trick.

I have a feeling what we'll be seeing is suspension and bodywork on the current Bonneville platform, but who knows?
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:46 PM   #38
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I like front brakes...
But they only slow you down!
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:11 PM   #39
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Why anybody would want a 1000 cc parallel twin is beyond me.

My view is that triumph should be lopping off a cylinder from the 675/800 engine to give a 400 - 500 cc mill, watercooled and stroked to give a torquey fuel efficient modern Bonnie. 320 lbs would be great.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:12 PM   #40
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Why anybody would want a 1000 cc parallel twin is beyond me.

My view is that triumph should be lopping off a cylinder from the 675/800 engine to give a 400 - 500 cc mill, watercooled and stroked to give a torquey fuel efficient modern Bonnie. 320 lbs would be great.
That's a cool idea.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:33 PM   #41
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Huh, must not be the only one who has thought 2 cylinders from an 800 Tiger would be sweet.......

IMO, a 650 parallel twin at or under 400 #'s is still the perfect motorcycle
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:05 PM   #42
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Why anybody would want a 1000 cc parallel twin is beyond me.
http://www.theworldofmotorcycles.com...do_961_ss.html

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Old 02-01-2013, 02:40 AM   #43
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and your point is?

bigger isn't necessarily better when it comes to parallel twins.

Primary balance, rocking couple, vibes.
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:54 AM   #44
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Wouldn't mind a 1000 Bonnie. IF they kept the look that the present bike has. Just upgrade the suspension, (keeping the same look) and maybe add a 6th. That would get my money.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:43 AM   #45
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My only point in showing the Norton Commando 961SS is that others have considered the idea of a large parallel twin.

Too bad that effort was underfunded...

Triumph could come close to that concept without much effort....

Seems like more folks would be interested in this machine than some of the cruisers Triumph sells...

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