Got my dream bike! Triumph Bonneville SE 2009 model. Used but still under warranty! I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. As I stare at it in my garage, I can’t believe I actually own one – such a beautiful machine.
The best way to describe the ride is… easy. The engine barely feels like it’s ever struggling which belies the power it delivers. Steering is quick and riding is confidence inspiring. Coming from my Honda VTR 250 it certainly feels like a bigger bike but everything is in easy reach and the weight is incredibly well balanced. Just like many riders out there, I wish the pipes made a bit more noise and I wouldn’t mind the handlebars being a little further forward. Already bought some Napoleon bolt on mirrors to replace the lolly pop mirrors.
MCN recently compared it to the “new” Norton Commando and found that in the low end the Bonnie was actually quicker despite costing three times less. Can’t wait to take it on a big ride and enjoy all it’s retro goodness.