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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryDorsetCase View Post
    I require a drip tray now......
    Surely not.............................it's modern. Modern bikes aren't ment to leak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonez View Post
    Surely not.............................it's modern. Modern bikes aren't ment to leak.
    Who said anything about his bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    Who said anything about his bike?
    Some have had wee oil leak issues Dave.
    http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-tech...-oil-leak.html
    Most should have been sorted under warrenty.
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    It's a joke joyce.

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    68-69.

    Still lean, still a bit mean, not yet strangulated, still lithe. Still leaked oil, bits still fell off. Had brakes now.
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    68 T120. The bike that started it all for me. Painted this one for my old boss not that long ago. And for the record,build em right and they dont leak oil!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul
    ...the T120V is a brilliant bike to ride!
    Mstriumphs T120V was fun, but I wouldn't have called it brilliant to ride.

    She'd like a nice new one, that actually starts when the temp is over 30C, doesn't need continual fettling and doesn't try and take off at 100mph +!
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    When I decide (or circumstances decide for me) that I'm too old and doddery for the VFR then a Bonnie seems the likely replacement. The new one with the 17 inch wheels might be the go, if somebody actually makes modern rubber for it, and the smaller wheels don't reduce ground clearance too much...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pritch View Post
    When I decide (or circumstances decide for me) that I'm too old and doddery for the VFR then a Bonnie seems the likely replacement. The new one with the 17 inch wheels might be the go, if somebody actually makes modern rubber for it, and the smaller wheels don't reduce ground clearance too much...
    I like them. A fairly basic motorcycle when you get down to it. The change to 7/8 bars will give a greater selection of bars to choose from too. Like I can go down to my local two guys m/c shop and get them off the rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pritch View Post
    When I decide (or circumstances decide for me) that I'm too old and doddery for the VFR then a Bonnie seems the likely replacement. The new one with the 17 inch wheels might be the go, if somebody actually makes modern rubber for it, and the smaller wheels don't reduce ground clearance too much...
    I am really keen to ride one as well but if I can get both my feet on the ground (not flat) then you know it is LOW. I am interested in cornering clearance also, though it isnt a "lean over till you scrape your elbow" style of bike.

    the smaller wheels do make the motor look HUUUGE though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pritch View Post
    When I decide (or circumstances decide for me) that I'm too old and doddery for the VFR then a Bonnie seems the likely replacement. The new one with the 17 inch wheels might be the go, if somebody actually makes modern rubber for it, and the smaller wheels don't reduce ground clearance too much...

    Weird I was thinking the same. I've been bitching for modern sized wheels for the Bonnie for a while but alas I personally don't like the style they have chosen. OK I know they are a excellent copy of the cast 'Lester' wheels the 80's Bonnies came out with but I'd prefer a smooth, rounder look on the spokes. I'd either polish the heck out of the entire wheel or paint it all black.

    They really should call me before releasing new models.......

    I really really want to strip one down to basics - kind of hot rod.

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    I run Bridgestone BT 45s on my Bonnie. there's nothing wrong with them, or the dual compound Michelins as well.

    All the naysayers haven't ridden a properly set up modern Bonnie. Tons of fun, with an old world feel.

    This was my last Bonnie, and I would have my new one over the old any day. I've clocked up 83,000 km, most of them hard charging k's, all without the worry of whether I would reach my destination or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiRat View Post
    I run Bridgestone BT 45s on my Bonnie. there's nothing wrong with them, or the dual compound Michelins as well.

    All the naysayers haven't ridden a properly set up modern Bonnie. Tons of fun, with an old world feel.

    This was my last Bonnie, and I would have my new one over the old any day. I've clocked up 83,000 km, most of them hard charging k's, all without the worry of whether I would reach my destination or not.
    The old one looks like a very adulterated silver jubilee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse View Post
    The old one looks like a very adulterated silver jubilee.
    '81 Electric Start. Never touted as a Silver Jubilee when I bought it at Universal Motorcycles back in '86. Had cast aluminium sidecovers though, which i always remember as being unusual.

    The pipes were my attempt at a performance exhaust.

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    For what its worth..... (sigh)..... not that anyone cares i guess..

    Re bonnies.... First 'full' day of production was actually 5th of sept (my birthday, why I remember) 1958 (I was 2)..... This was for the 1959 sales year...

    Several pre production bikes have possibly survived BUT always remember a bonnie was basically a T110 with a delta head. In theory, you could have purchased a bonnie earlier but it would have been a t110 with a delta head...

    So technically, the bonnie is 51 this year on sept the 5th...

    NOW..... Your starter for 10....

    What OTHER famous motorcycle make also celebrates a 50th anniversary this year (2009) and what was it??????

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