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Old 04-02-2009, 04:34 PM   #11
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Love these bikes. The basic black Bonneville is so classy. I am big fan of Triumph but when I sat on the Daytona 675 it just didn't fit. There is a women at work that rides a beautiful dark green Bonny with green helmet etc. The sound also is very nice. Nice look. Nice Review MO.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:27 AM   #12
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I love the fact that Motorcycle.com writes reviews without the usual hyperbole that seems to plague a lot of other publications. There always seems to be personal observations about certain functions or features that come across as honest and without bias. One of the t100 models will grace my garage one day. Fuel injection and the upgraded brakes on these modern bikes make it all the more appealing.
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:09 AM   #13
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I love my Bonnie T100. It's the second one I've owned and my overall favorite bike. I've had sport bikes, sport-tourers, big cruisers and none of them give me the enjoyment I get from just taking the Bonnie out for a ride. And it's a great all-rounder. Good around town, fun for a curvy road, comfy for a trip. And nothing looks like a Bonnie. Great bike- long live the Bonneville.
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:35 AM   #14
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What? Are you guys nuts? As somebody who's owned one (a '71) the new Turnip looks like a bloated Honda CM400T. And they don't even sound like a real triumph! That Kawasaki W650 was more a Triumph then these er.."things"...give me a break...

And unless you get rid of those clogged up pipes they're about as fast as a Honda 400 twin too. I know, I've ridden one.

Nice test though. Sorry, but these new Triumphs are a real sore point with me. I mean jeez, if Kawasaki could make one...you'd think..ah forget it...
You'll be pleased to know that a '69 Bonnie outran one of the new ones in a DVD "The Bonneville Story" I got from NetFlix. But, it's a good thing that the marque was revived, that they've been successful both with new designs and new versions of old, and that all those great manufacturing jobs are available for the Brits. Sort of like the Mini; a completely different car that pays respects to it's heritage while being a modern machine.
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:49 AM   #15
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THE MINI! Don't get me started on that travesty...as one who's family owned SEVERAL Minis, from 850 Austins to 1175 Coopers that bloated kraut excuse for a mini is laughable. If you'll remember the original Mini weighed around 1500 lbs. soaking wet. And handled like a go cart. The new "Mini" (should be called the Maxi) weighs in at what? 3200 lbs? Ha, what a joke. Park an old one next to a new one, the new Mini will look like an RTD bus. Oops, pooped in my pants, gota go...
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:41 PM   #16
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THE MINI! Don't get me started on that travesty...as one who's family owned SEVERAL Minis, from 850 Austins to 1175 Coopers that bloated kraut excuse for a mini is laughable. If you'll remember the original Mini weighed around 1500 lbs. soaking wet. And handled like a go cart. The new "Mini" (should be called the Maxi) weighs in at what? 3200 lbs? Ha, what a joke. Park an old one next to a new one, the new Mini will look like an RTD bus. Oops, pooped in my pants, gota go...
Nobody ever said the new Mini (or the new Bonnie for that matter) are supposed to be exact copies of the originals. They're retro in style with modern reliability. You want an original- go buy one and wrench on it more than you ride or drive it.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:45 PM   #17
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If the mini S had AWD I would of bought one, my hugeness fits nicely in that little thing. That and the first gen with the blower could easily be modified with larger cogs, dont know about the new turbo plant though...
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I like Mini's too!!! love to have one. When they first came out I was on my way out to see my dad at Ocean Shores on my Trophy 1200 and I came across this guy in a Cooper S. He was playing the part, all decked out in a flat hat, beard and rollneck sweater, driving gloves...whole nine yards.

We started playing tag just off I-5 on hwy 8 out towards Montesano which is a beautiful curvy section through the tail end of the Olympic's there, with hardly any traffic we were humming along about a buck ten or so havin' a ball, I'd pass him, he'd pass me....just two gearheads out having fun...

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THE MINI! Don't get me started on that travesty...as one who's family owned SEVERAL Minis, from 850 Austins to 1175 Coopers that bloated kraut excuse for a mini is laughable. If you'll remember the original Mini weighed around 1500 lbs. soaking wet. And handled like a go cart. The new "Mini" (should be called the Maxi) weighs in at what? 3200 lbs? Ha, what a joke. Park an old one next to a new one, the new Mini will look like an RTD bus. Oops, pooped in my pants, gota go...
Say what you will, but I took my son and his pal to an autocross on Sunday. The new Minis kicked ass on cars costing a hell of a lot more and many with vastly more power. The only car that beat the Minis was one very hopped up WRX.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:36 PM   #20
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Ok, but when a company designs a "retro" version of something it once made, try to get it right, or don't do it at all. New GTO vs. New Mustang. New Bonnie vs. New Kawasaki W650. New Mini vs. Old Mini. I mean Creeist, for those of us with whitworth wrenches still in our toolboxes, this new stuff is luke warm. Mini included.
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