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Old 12-06-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
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My honest video review of the Triumph Bonneville

Hey all!

A bit of shameless self-promotion here. I picked up a Bonneville a while ago and was a little confused with what I bought - it was a great bike but it wasn't this amazing thing that everyone was raving about. So, like all good people in the modern digital age, I decided to hop online and launch into a huge self-righteous rant and rave about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsKFsce5phw

Opinions/hate mail/criticism is all welcome!

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Old 12-06-2013, 03:44 PM   #2
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Some of my buds have been passing that around on FB. Entertaining stuff, and I think far more relevant than most of the press-release-reading drivel we get from the current crop of moto 'journalists'.

I should probably do one of the FZ6.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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That may just be the best review ever....
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:47 PM   #4
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The gent is spot on and basically echoes my own thoughts about these glorified scooter, price point bikes. How some think the stock suspension, brakes, and fueling are "good" if not "great" on these types of bikes simply puzzles me. Do I love their looks? Absolutely. And could even see myself owning one again in the future.

All about the looks and the price in my book.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:56 PM   #5
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That's a very entertaining and spot-on review. The only complaint about the Bonneville that I'd add, is that it gets pretty damn hot in the summer.
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:17 PM   #6
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As a Bonnie owner......

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Originally Posted by StrangelyBrown View Post
Hey all!

A bit of shameless self-promotion here. I picked up a Bonneville a while ago and was a little confused with what I bought - it was a great bike but it wasn't this amazing thing that everyone was raving about. So, like all good people in the modern digital age, I decided to hop online and launch into a huge self-righteous rant and rave about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsKFsce5phw

Opinions/hate mail/criticism is all welcome!

Marlon
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I am waiting on suspension parts (bits to you). The Solo seat is the best OEM seat. Face it the gas cap just sucks. If you look in the manual it is actually labeled: "Tank bag prevention tool."

I still enjoy it though.
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:52 PM   #7
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Honestly the best review I have ever seen.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:16 PM   #8
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As the former owner of an original Bonneville (1966) the new one is certainly no match for that. That bike had bucketloads of character. But the fact is nobody makes a bike with that kind of character anymore. New bikes are simply to refined to be as much fun as the old ones were. Still, for a new bike, the Bonneville is certainly a bike I wouldn't mind having, even with it's flaws. It is actually a great bike when compared to ANYTHING from Japan that is available in the U.S. The only Japanese bike that even comes close is the Honda CB1100. (I don't count sport bikes as street bikes, they are designed for roadracing. And they are as ugly and uncomfortable as it gets)

I do agree the FI is a problem on the Bonneville, but it is also a problem on every bike that has it. Replacing it with carburetors would fix the problem. Or just get an older carbed Bonneville. And a centerstand IS available for the Bonneville from Triumph.

All in all, compared to what's on the motorcycle market today, the Bonneville is one of my favorites, though I would prefer the T-100 model, with centerstand.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:29 PM   #9
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Well, I was thinking about getting a Bonneville, but now I can't. I'd look at that fucking green bracket all the time...
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:36 PM   #10
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Thanks!!! I wish all motorcycle reviews were that honest and funny.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:41 PM   #11
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Shouldn't be that hard to paint or chrome that bracket. And now I know what all those greenish parts were on every single motorcycle I've ever owned. They were Parkerized
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:48 PM   #12
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Wow! Completely brilliant & well done. Looking forward to your next bike review
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:57 PM   #13
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:11 PM   #14
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Great review and entertaining as well. I never noticed that green strap before.
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:29 PM   #15
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Outstanding job, sir
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