Riding Across America - 1 girl, 1 Triumph Bonneville, 19 728km

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LadyCruiser, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. LadyCruiser

    LadyCruiser Everything Starts With a Dream

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  2. LadyCruiser

    LadyCruiser Everything Starts With a Dream

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    After 10 000 miles together… I should write something about my friend. YES Friend!! Mr. #Triumph #Bonneville. At the beginning lots of people couldn’t believe that I choose him. But Hey Guys!! I was looking for good Pal with “soul” not a fancy, full of gadgets “STAR TREK” motorcycle!!
    We needed just the few miles to get to know each other. Bonneville is easy to handle motorcycle on the parking and on the road. He loves turns. He behaves like an antelope on curved roads compering to big, heavy cows like cruisers or choppers. I really had fun riding Deals Gap and Big Sur on Bonneville.
    In parking situation I didn’t have any problems with handling him by myself and I must admit that my luggage weights 30kg (66lb).
    Of course with all this bags he lost a little bit of his charm... of a “city boy – café racer style” but he’s still vintage guy. And when I start the engine… on my face you can see smile… because on Triumph you just feel happy! And what’s funny you see smile on the faces of other people - even in Kingdom of Harley!! It’s because when we see Bonneville we move back to the 60’s and we think that in the next corner we will meet Steve McQueen. And that’s the magic of this bike we can feel special; we can join to club of Gerard Butler, Hugh Laurie, Ryan Reynolds or David Beckham.

    67HP is enough to ride across the continent and this engine won’t ruin your budget!! My record is 3.6l/100km (65,3mpg)! Isn’t that a scooter result? And the average fuel consumption isn’t far from that
    While my trip I didn’t have any problems with Triumph!! He blink to me only once with red light but it was because of a big pothole and I think he wanted to say to me “Hey Girl!! Wake up!! Avoid these bastards!”. While my trip I’ve made only one guaranty service and I changed tires after more than 8 000 miles and… that’s it!!
    For me Bonneville is the essence of style, timeless motorcycle that has a soul. I don’t want to beat any record, I want to soak up the world which becomes more clear at lower speeds. I also like minimalism, because nowadays too many gadgets distract our attention from what’s really important. Besides, you can’t buy adventure, you can only experience it – “Ride Your Own Biography”. Of course you won’t fell on this motorcycle like on the couch in your living room but seriously do you expect it from motorbike?!? We love to ride on motorcycle because we can experience world: fell the wind, smell the forest, see the scenic views from the saddle.
    And you know what?!? YES, I would love to take Bonneville for a next adventure!!

    p.s.
    Do you have any suggestion for a next chapter of Riding Across...? Where should Polish Chic ride on Triumph Bonneville? Please leave a comment

    regards,
    Weronika
  3. LadyCruiser

    LadyCruiser Everything Starts With a Dream

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  4. LadyCruiser

    LadyCruiser Everything Starts With a Dream

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  5. LadyCruiser

    LadyCruiser Everything Starts With a Dream

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    LadyCruiser Everything Starts With a Dream

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    Today I'll jump on Bonneville for the last time... I don't know how I'll stand separation... I'll miss every mile... every corner... every experience... Triumph thanks for a great Riding Across America adventure!! :clap :clap

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  7. doc4216

    doc4216 Chronic High Fiver

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    Great report! Looks like you had a blast! There many places left to be seen over here. Come on back!
  8. PlainClothesHippy

    PlainClothesHippy Lookin' for fun & feelin' groovy.

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    I'm a little sad to know that this journey is done and I am very happy that your experience was a good one without major problems or incidents. I can't wait to find out what your next adventure will be. Please keep us posted when you decide.
  9. kneeslider

    kneeslider Long timer

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    come back for some of the best roads in America
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    kneeslider Long timer

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    love all the pics!:clap
  11. N111KX

    N111KX Adventurer

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    Amazing. Congratulations on your completion. Awesome...:D
  12. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile

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    Fantastic ride report and wonderful pic’s. I know what you mean about the Triumph. My first bigger bike was a 1973 Tiger 750 and rode her all over the place back then. Wish I still had her! What ever your next adventure, do the same and take your time. It’s the journey, not the destination!!! Enjoy!
  13. Merlinzen

    Merlinzen Been here awhile

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    so what's happening with the Bonnie now?
    Was it a rental?

    Or did you buy it and you'll freight it back to Europe or sell it???
  14. LadyCruiser

    LadyCruiser Everything Starts With a Dream

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    I've made it!!
    Adventure Riding Across America is finished :rofl Bonneville have 12 262 miles / 19 729km on odometer. Thank you for your support!!

    Best regards,
    Veronica


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    SpikeC Been here awhile

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    The bike was an 80 day lease.
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    KLR 41B Been here awhile

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    Thanks for taking us along for the ride.
  17. DWR302

    DWR302 Justan Nudderboomer

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    Well Done Veronica! And well said about the virtues of the Bonneville. And for the next trip? There's a lot of places you haven't been in the US yet. Might take a couple more trips.
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    Import Been here awhile

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    Great rr.... Lovely to meet you....let's see you do new Zealand next...all he best..import
  19. LadyCruiser

    LadyCruiser Everything Starts With a Dream

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    New Zealand is one of my big dreams... But first maybe visit in Hinckley factory?? I will see what time will brings ;-)
  20. sophijo

    sophijo Been here awhile

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    Wonderful report and congrats on the ride!