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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by benwood, Aug 22, 2006.
Beautiful bike, nice photography.
Awesome! Pelicans on a Bonneville
Which wheels Are those?
Dual Purpose 2006 Thruxton
New leftover '13, pipes got blue pretty quick though... pretty new in that picture.
Put British Customs Predators on, had the appropriate tune downloaded and the air blockoff kit installed (after the pipes blued)
Been messing around with mine. I can't afford a street-only bike and an adventure bike, so I have been ADVing my T100:
[edit: I see the words are not very readable. Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Trail, Saddle: Triumph K&Q, Screen: National Deflector DX, Rear Rack: Triumph, MSR Bottle mounted on both sides, Scottoiler under right hand MSR bottle, Model 30 ADVmonster LEDs, TEC centerstand, Hepco Becker engine bar with aftermarket cruising pegs, Rotopax one gallon on rear rack, USB outlet on bars and quick connect on frame for charger and other 12 volt stuff.
Here on the left you can see another mod I did:
[edit: rear brake caliper relocated from bottom to top of swingarm]
Bike is pretty much ready for a possible Florida to Alaska trip next summer (fingers crossed!). I may also add grip guards for deflecting cold wind. I've talked to a sympathetic Triumph dealer in Vero Beach and he and I think that the Tiger guards might work on the Bonnie. I want to ride over and see if we can try the fit. The aluminum bash plate is not heavy duty, but should do the job of deflecting gravel from hitting the bottom front of the motor. The saddlebag stays are rough and home made but are there just to hold the bags off the shocks.
Here's what the Bonnie looks like when ready for a road trip.
Cortech Sport Saddlebags (expandable) with Top Bag (expandable) that clips to lowers. First Gear Onyx mag tank bag. Kuryakin (expandable) tail bag, matches the size of the Rotopax underneath almost perfectly. Tent straps on top of left sadlebag and tripod and camp stool strap on right. Strapped to the top bag is a drybag with my sleeping bag and pad.
I can get a shitload of stuff in this kit and not be crowded in the saddle. Going to give it a trial at the end of June on a Florida to Michigan ride.
Last week, on the banks of Loch Lubnaig.
They look like 17'' Alpina's
Thanks. I went into their web page and they do look alike
Very nice! something about that just makes me drool..
What handlebars are those?
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 :)
I laced up a set of Alpina wheels for my Bonneville T100 last summer and I like them.
Went for a short tour of the Aussie Snowy Mountains, Bike ran like a champ.
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.
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.
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.
What a welcome addition you are
that's not the reaction i usually get, but thank you.
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.