Sunday, August 4, 2013

My Bonnie Lass


If you were around when Britbikes made up a big part of the American motorcycling landscape, you probably remember they weren't without their faults. They shook, they leaked, they stopped dead in their tracks for no reason. But the Brits got a few things right. Those leaky, glitchy twins handled well, they had good power, and they were light and simple to work on (good thing considering how often you had to). Those virtues were handed down to the Triumph Bonneville I bought at the beginning of the year, on which I now have more than 4000 miles.

The Bonnie has outlasted a GL1800, which I sold not long after the Triumph took up residence in the garage, and it'll soon see off a Silver Wing scooter I took as partial payment for the Wing. I just can't get excited about riding anything except the Bonneville. I've made it even more enticing by outfitting it with a few accessories that make it a practical weekender--all I need now is a free weekend.

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