My honest video review of the Triumph Bonneville

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by StrangelyBrown, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    Brilliant. Thanks for taking the time to put that together.

    I've lusted after one of these based on looks alone for several years, but have yet to ride one. Having watched your review, I now know what to pay attention to when the time finally comes instead of having rose colored glasses and thinking "Ohmygerd, I'mridingaBonneandit'sAWESOME!".

    And, you're really frickin' funny. :rofl
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  2. StrangelyBrown

    StrangelyBrown Adventurer

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    Awwww!

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone - glad people seemed to have enjoyed it. I think I may have pissed off my local dealership... Thank god for buying parts off my local dealership.

    It's interesting to see so many people come out of the woodwork and say they've had similar experiences with the bike. But I still think that it's a pretty good bike underneath it all.

    Now to find someone to buy me some more bikes...
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  3. btl68

    btl68 Feelin' down & dirty

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    The SR500 oil change vid was even funnier than the Bonnie vid!:lol3
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  4. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    I think it's pretty good.
    I passed it on to my professor in for my documentary class. Good camera work, and now that I have spent some time at it myself, excellent editing.
    The bike sounds great too.
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  5. Dilligaf0220

    Dilligaf0220 Miserablist

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    I will never look at a piece of green Parkerized metal again without giggling, great stuff!






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  6. StrangelyBrown

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    Thanks mate - means a lot. I've no real experience or training in editing - just a copy of Premiere elements and a fair bit of enthusiasm. I think it might be the first time premiere has been used to edit something other than a bunch of fat kids kicking a football around in a park. I've been looking into doing more editing because I've found I bloody love doing it. But I'm not going to quit my day job.

    I'm not really going for any kind of gig in the motorcycle press. For the last fw years I've been writing stuff and sending them to magazines and online blogs and haven't really got a taker. I've actually met Loz who does the Gizmodo motorbike reviews and he's a top guy. And a bloody good rider to boot. He does some of the best bike reviews out there because they aren't as overly positive as the rest of the press. He can tear strips of the Ducati Diavel but it still leaves me wanting one.

    Dunno what I expected with the Bonneville. It's a neat bike, don't get me wrong, but it's just not that great. Despite all it's niggles I'm still glad I bought one - I wanted one for so long. Now I've done that and sometime in the future I'm going to build a WR250R into a 60's replica GP bike and paint it like a Mitsubishi Zero.
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  7. Mk5mike

    Mk5mike Been here awhile

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    Great exhaust sounds. Really enjoyed your point of view and editing style. And pointed out stuff no one else has told me about the bike. Thank you. Please do more videos if you can haha
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  8. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I've narrowed it down to 'earth'. Or 'Baltimore'.

    You should get one. Or at least start your own youtube channel. I'd watch. :freaky
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  9. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    I got a reply back from my professor. She loved it. She's going to show it to the class next semester. So you just impressed a college professor with 25 years in the film industry, I'd say that's an indication your on the right track.
    I found editing is not difficult, but can be excruciatingly time consuming and a bit fiddly at times.
    If you don't mind, there's a couple of other people I'd like to show it to as well.
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  10. GrahamD

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    You got to try it to appreciate it don't you. :D
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  11. Farmwalker

    Farmwalker Been here awhile

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  12. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    ok, I only have one thing to sat about that video....

    IT IS FUCKING BRILLIANT

    :clap

    More reviews of bikes please?!? PLEASE!? Or toasters, im not picky
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  13. Flydream

    Flydream King of the Atlantic

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl thanks for making me laugh out loud. :clap
    Did you test de W ??
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  14. StrangelyBrown

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    Hey Flydream! I've ridden the W650 and the W800 and have serviced them a fair bit as well. Valves, oil etc. They're fantastic bikes and -may- just be the next one I park in the garage. Maybe.

    McJamie - show it to anyone you like. I'm honored!
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  15. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    Like the man said "sarcasm isn't available in the US," so for all those native born North Americans who find this video hard hitting and ruthless... You need to get out more, there are some writers outside the US who really don't give a toss about the advertising bottom line. This Aussie is like the bike he reviews a fundamentally nice guy (the British heritage comment illustrated by the picture of Tommys suppressing the mau mau was funny) riding a fundamentally nice bike and he knows it.
    No offense but this was an honest and not terribly vicious review of the bike. I am no fan of fuel injection, most are herky jerky at some point in the throttle opening, and the mag wheeled Bonnie looks surprisingly ugly to me, compared to my wire wheeled 2007. Everything else is true, cheap components for a low entry price, solid reliable and unexciting. Great value and pretty too. The heritage is just an advertising gimmick and it seems to work because these bikes sell. Which is good news if you want a low mileage carburetted wire wheeled Bonneville at some point in the future when you arrive intact at my age and want a pretty all rounder that respects the limits of your middle aged reactions.
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  16. Flydream

    Flydream King of the Atlantic

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    :thumb I'll be waiting for your honest video about the W:wink:
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  17. Max L

    Max L Duct Tape

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    Been dreaming about Triumphs since forever. Cut my teeth on a 1960 Tiger in the sand pits by Bar Beach. Was on the fence and, they came out with the 2007 Street Triple. It is the modern / today what the Bonnie was back in the 60's. I still hope to put one in my stable some day. Triumph's got a handle on making truly great motorcycles as they should be, they have been at it a bit...
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  18. The Killstar

    The Killstar Ted Simon Acolyte

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    Like the vid, and agree that it was well done, but I'm 25,000 miles in (in 2 years) and haven't stopped grinning yet!

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  19. 900

    900 Been here awhile

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    Great review. I didn't read the whole thread/all posts, but when I test rode a Bonneville SE last year I was surprised about the lenght of the gear lever. I have shoe size 13 and had to put my foot almost on the outer edge of the heel to be able to shift.....

    I can't remember having this ever seen mentioned in reviews of the Bonneville models, which makes me wonder quiet a bit.
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  20. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Loved the video. Thanks!
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