triumph bonneville as an alternative adventure bike

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Re: triumph bonneville as an alternative adventure bike

Post by MarkN » Mon Dec 28, 2015 1:44 pm

I'm watching this thread very closely as I'm really tempted to trade my GSA in for a new Bonnie 1200 in the the spring after seeing it at the bike show. I think it looks superb and after seeing Godspeed's bike with the panniers, it's virtually made my mind up.

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Re: triumph bonneville as an alternative adventure bike

Post by Godspeed » Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:04 pm

Charlie the Bikemonger wrote:@godspeed.. What auxiliary lights are you using there, and do they help? The stock headlights are a bit shite, so I'm looking for more illumination.
Took the bike out for a quick blast this morning. I was thinking about something else recently, but then you get back on it and instantly it feels right :)

The lights are from Zen Overland, I originally bought them for my MT350, but moved them onto my Bonny instead. They're called Rigid Industries, not cheap, but very good quality and minimal drain on battery for the light output. I'd recommend them and Gabe at Zen Overland for advice on what to get.

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Re: triumph bonneville as an alternative adventure bike

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Re: triumph bonneville as an alternative adventure bike

Post by devon john » Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:37 pm

these are good and cheap ,, had them 3yrs and are a revelation,,, had them on my MT350 now on my royal Enfield
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Re: triumph bonneville as an alternative adventure bike

Post by Mr K » Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:38 pm

If you mean a steady, reliable bike for riding around the world (in whatever chunks you wish) I'd say why not. If you want to do triple jumps and back flips I'd say no>
All you need is 2 wheels and an engine and a way to carry however much or little you wish to take with you on your epic or not so epic journeys.

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Re: triumph bonneville as an alternative adventure bike

Post by .fraser. » Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:56 pm

I use a Wolfman Beta Plus bag on the pillion seat of my Bonnie and an Ortleib duffel on a luggage rack when touring. Lovely bikes to ride.

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Re: triumph bonneville as an alternative adventure bike

Post by VR_Rider » Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:13 am

Interesting thread, thinking of trading in my versys 1000 for a bonnie! Just haven't bonded with it! It's hard, how much do you keep a bike because it's pratical verses changing to something that you love but isn't as practical!

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Re: triumph bonneville as an alternative adventure bike

Post by AndyB » Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:28 am

This has probably been seen before but it seems to be a fairly honest appraisal of a Bonneville by an owner rather than an observer (thumbs)

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Re: triumph bonneville as an alternative adventure bike

Post by picos mestizo » Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:05 pm

New Bonneville. In dealers February. (thumbs)
Lightness is everything.

Lightness with Grunt is a Scratcher!

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Re: triumph bonneville as an alternative adventure bike

Post by picos mestizo » Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:49 pm

AndyB wrote:This has probably been seen before but it seems to be a fairly honest appraisal of a Bonneville by an owner rather than an observer (thumbs)
Suspension always seems to be an issue with new machines.
Now I know for a fact that Triumph spend a lot of time road testing machines before their release & I'm sure they are not bloody minded enough to purposely equip the machines with poor suspenders.
Even with budget suspension it can't be too dificult to get the oil, valves & springs giving a half decent ride.
Must be the criteria they are working to is not a Mr Average Rider on Tarmac specification, but what it is who knows!!!! :whistle:
Lightness is everything.

Lightness with Grunt is a Scratcher!

An Adventure is not a tank transfer.

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