All Things Bonneville

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by rider33, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. ghoststrykre

    ghoststrykre Been here awhile

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    good to know.

    chain and sprockets are due to be replaced. Both front and rear sprockets. Was trying to make it through this riding season before replacement.

    A bit over 15,000 miles on the odometer and still the original chain and sprockets. I’ve been checking them every time I clean and lubricate the chain and everything is in spec except the chain, which only recently started showing the signs it was time to replace. I was just trying to squeeze out these last few months.
  2. kickstandsup

    kickstandsup Devout Atheist Supporter

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    Well, the situation should be pretty easy to replicate, and now that you know there's an issue, you can be looking/listening for a possible cause. If it is detonation, rolling off even just a little should make it go away immediately.

    And as an aside, why cruising in 4th at 75 mph?
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  3. ghoststrykre

    ghoststrykre Been here awhile

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    I’ll do my best to replicate shortly and see, but I do believe even slightly rolling off and the sound vanishes. Really sounding like detonation, as you all describe.

    and traffic was at a state that I wanted that 4th gear grunt and potential engine brake. RPMs are still pretty calm at that speed in 4th. 5th really just feels like an overdrive on the ST. I’ll confess that 75 is where I start thinking about going to 5th.
  4. geolpilot

    geolpilot Been here awhile

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    It could also be a bad bearing in the sprocket carrier. That happened to my bike and the bearing was literally falling apart.
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  5. ZappBranigan

    ZappBranigan Still Riding

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  6. rixcafe

    rixcafe Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great ride today, so much fun.

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  7. s.ga.rider

    s.ga.rider Been here awhile

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    Anyone found handlebar risers that work on the 2012 se? I ordered 2 different sets from amazon that said they fit but the bolt holes were just a tad off and wouldnt mount.
  8. rixcafe

    rixcafe Been here awhile Supporter

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    2009 and later fuel injected Thruxton handlebar mounts are taller than Bonnies and may work for you.

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  9. DeepBarney

    DeepBarney International Bumbler

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    Finally got around to tossing the new suspension bits at my bike. Hagon 2810 shocks for out back and Ricor Intiminators along with some new 5wt fork oil (as recommended by Ricor) for up front.
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    I'm lazy so I took the easy way out and used a vac pump to remove the oil with the forks in-situ after I pulled the spacers and springs. Since the oil that was in it wasn't very old and only a bit heavier, I wasn't that worried about getting every last drop out.
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    Tossed in the Intiminators and then added the factory prescribed oil quantity in each fork. Had to take a few measurements and do some math to find the proper setting for my motion pro oil level gauge to correct for the forks not being vertical. Way less headache than pulling the forks.

    New vs old. The Hagons while heavier than the failed TEC's, are still a few pounds lighter than the stock units. They don't have inner metal bushings like the stock units, so they got a bit of grease to reduce binding of the rubber. The rubber bushings are also about 5mm to wide for the mount. A Google search shows plenty of others have ran into this when fitting them to their Bonnevilles. Some have trimmed the bushing down so it isn't proud of the eyelet. Seems most just tighten the bolt down and don't worry about it. I chose the latter path. I can always go back and trim them.
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  10. AdvBike

    AdvBike Adventurer

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    does anyone know if exhaust pipes from newer Bonneville models (straight pipes without the kink) would fit on older carburated Bonneville models (ones with pipes that have the kink) ?
  11. Cheshire

    Cheshire Been here awhile

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  12. DeepBarney

    DeepBarney International Bumbler

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    You may have already considered this, but in case you haven't you could always drill out the bolt holes in the spacers to give you the clearance you need to pass the bolts through. As long as you got the spacers and clamps lined up before you put the final squeeze on them they should look and work just as intended.
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  13. AdvBike

    AdvBike Adventurer

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    refining the question a bit: would T120 exhaust pipes fit a T100?
  14. shaner1100gs

    shaner1100gs Been here awhile

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    So how do the new shocks handle? I have the Ricors with works dual rate springs and a set of Works shock. I like the set up a lot.
  15. DeepBarney

    DeepBarney International Bumbler

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    Still developing an opinion. But initial thoughts about to good, better than stock. Firm but compliant, seems an apt way to sum it up. Initial brake dive is gone, it's not until you keep squeezing and slowing the bike that it begins to dip (though much less and slower than stock, more controllable). The forks don't "crash" under hard braking or potholes/expansion joints/other road irregularities etc. like they used to. The back end definitely is better than stock but I'm not sure how to put it to words. I've got it set in the middle for damping and I think I need to play with that some, just not sure which way it should be going.
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  16. rudolf35

    rudolf35 Warped & Twisted Mind

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    FYI, I had Hagen shocks on a lot of bikes and they do break in. After about 500 miles the take on a much more subtle feel; almost like Corbin seats.
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  17. DeepBarney

    DeepBarney International Bumbler

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    Yeah I'm counting on that as well. Probably still a bit of stiction in the seals.
  18. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I sort of doubt they would just bolt on since the watercooled bikes, use a pre muffler under the front of the engine and the exhaust pipe is fake for about 3 inches just after the bend.
  19. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    Martin Moto, Boyertown PA classic ride in show, 9/25/21... for some reason, this Bonnie with a build date from 2013 was my personal favorite:

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    Bonus points...my 2007 SM is parked on the street below, next to a pristine Harley XR1200...& my bike's speedo is visible just below the kill switch wiring on the T-100.

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  20. rixcafe

    rixcafe Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yesterday escorted Dan to Hanging Rock State Park. He is on a two month ride to nowhere in particular up from Florida. While I am a credit card and toothbrush traveler, Dan is not. Perfect day for a long ride.

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