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I'm Jones'n for another motorcycle.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by John Backlund, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. John Backlund

    John Backlund Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I'm actually overdue, see'n as I took last year completely off where it comes to new/used motorcycle aquisitions.

    But things are opening back up, and my 'day job' has me going several days per week again. I managed to pay off a bunch of credit card debt late last year, and also sold one of my bikes and paid that note off as well.

    I tend to favor 'retro standards', which will become quickly obvious.

    I think I'd like to find a minty 2017 Triumph Bonneville T120...a 2017 because it has matching silver fenders, they 'went black' on later models...
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    or possibly a leftover 2020 Kawasaki W800...

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    Or, on the cheaper end, maybe take a closer look at a Royal Enfield Interceptor 650...
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    I'll get serious in about a month, and of course, there are any number of other machines that can pop up between now and then and sway me in an entirely different direction.

    The chase is half the fun.
     
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  2. hnryclay

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    Love the Bonneville.
     
  3. MarkieMark

    MarkieMark Friend of Leo's

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    I dont recall a time in my life where I wasnt Jones'n for another motorcycle!
    I have learned to curb my enthusiasm.
    Somewhat...

    I walk through a showroom...
    "I want one of those, one of those, one of those"...
    Little man on my other shoulder says "no, no, no"...
     
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  4. Cosmic Cowboy

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    The Triumph line is pretty impressive. I aquired a speed triple about 4 years ago. What a fun bike.
     
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  5. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    You? Another bike? Whodathunkit?

    I like the Kawasaki best from looking at pictures on Google, but that was a first impression aesthetic thing only.

    Good luck - and of course, pics or it didn't happen!
     
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    Nothing wrong with any of those, but I have to say the Royal Enfields offer some of the best looks, and the reviews are good. I may be finding out for myself soon, if sales are good for the next couple of months.
     
  7. John Backlund

    John Backlund Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    A T120 would make a great companion bike to my '17 Honda CB1100EX. I also have a '17 Triumph Thruxton R, but they're different enough from the Bonneville T120 to be considered a different machine.

    I've ridden theT120 Bonneville several times, and just knew that would have one eventually.

    Trixie is also considering selling her '19 Z900 Kawasaki and getting a Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster.
     
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  8. John Backlund

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    I've ridden one, and they seem to be great little machines. They're only 47 hp (as is the Kawasaki W800), but with their decent torque and a very nice 6-six speed transmission, I could be quite happy with one. Their 'fit and finish' does not equal the W800's or Triumph, but they only cost between $5800 and $6500, and their engineering seems to be sound, as I haven't heard of any significant problems with that model, and they've now been around long enough to expose any major weaknesses.
     
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  9. Flat6Driver

    Flat6Driver Friend of Leo's

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    Do the Bonny.

    It has retro cool and fuel injection.

    I was just telling my wife I have room in the garage for one more....or my bed.
     
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  10. IanMoss

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    I might be a little out of step with what a "retro standard" is (I've not ridden a motorbike since my teens) but I've always thought the XLCR was stunning.

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    drf64 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Triumph you say? why settle?

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  12. hnryclay

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    Old Triumphs were awesome, my dad had a triton. The Bonneville is ivocatove of thier golden age. There is a novel where a british reporter drove one around the world. Travels of Jupitor or some such, was a fascinating look at how robust those bikes were.
     
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    Well . . . I just got an UN-exciting bike (2002 GL1800), but will be great for riding two-up with The Woman. But for some reason, Moto Guzzi has been on my radar lately. They have cool lines, a gen-yoo-wine MOTORCYCLE vibe, and an appeal that has nothing to do with high performance. When I feel like I'm too old for the VFR800, I might look hard at these.
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    The Kawasaki is going to give you the least headaches, I suspect.

    You named the Triumph first though, so I suspect that you would really rather find that one in good shape. And she's a fine machine.

    The Royal Enfield is very attractive to me, but I'm waiting to see what the reliability numbers look like on those, to be quite honest.

    In the vein of your thread, I like this one a lot as well.
    And it's still available brand new, as a last-years-model.
    :)

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    I am familiar with this feeling... but I'm on the reduction side of the equation. I've sold off a few bikes over the past couple years. For the first time since 1995 I am down to ONE Ducati. Well, ont that runs anyway. I still have two project bikes that have never run since I've owned them.
     
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    My vote is for the Bonneville. I’ve liked them since I was a kid.

    I’ve got an irrational desire for a Yamaha TW200. Some day, when I live in a more rural area.
     
  17. John Backlund

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    I'd have a Rocket III in a heartbeat, but that $22000 bit kind of ruins it for me.
     
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    I've got too many bikes already, but I want a FZ09....

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    The Ducati Desert Sled really caught my eye. Quite an appealing blend of old scrambler looks with high-tech go-fast Ducati bloodlines.

    Then common sense prevailed and I went with a Suzuki DR650.
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    All are great bikes, and Royal Enfield seems like they are really taking strides to address their former reliability issues. I’m itching for a Versys 650 myself though.

     
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