Where the heck you been?

Posted: October 1, 2017 in My Life

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Indeed, where the heck have I been!   Well, no excuses, it was riding season, my daughters spent the summer with me, work of course, and generally getting stuff done.

I bought another bike, a replacement for my beloved Bonneville Black that I crashed in 2014.  This is a 2013 SE that I got used with 3900 miles on it.  The bike has an interesting back story.  The above picture is from the local dealers website when it was new.  Each dealer worldwide got one of these bikes, red frame, flat black finish.  Basically, the stock SE with paint, a long standing Triumph tradition, paint makes the bike!  The local dealer saw it as a profit opportunity.  They bolted on every piece of after market bling/performance they could find on to it.  Seriously, it’s mostly Rizoma and British Customs.  Look closely, that’s the Thruxton Cup exhaust with pods, bars, grips, levers, mirrors, brake res., tail eliminator, Scorpion tires, blinkers, fasteners, tail cover, and a bunch of stuff is powder coated black.  There’s more but you get the idea.  Oh, I think it has a cam too!  I was told he basically doubled the price of it stock. (and kept the old parts!)

So, some rich guy buys it, doesn’t ride it, sells it to the guy I got it from, and I paid blue book for a stock bike.  All the extras were free.  What did I get?  Well, it’s lighter than stock, definitely more horsepower, Thruxton gel seat, basically a better Bonneville if you like loud.  And twitchy, oh yes, the tune is crap so it’s like a bucking bronco at times.  But pretty fast for a Bonneville.  It was regeared for top speed as it has a lot of torque down low.  it’ll do 55 mph in 1st.  I have the Explorer for long trips, it’s solid as a rock and all stock mechanically.  I love that bike!

I plan to get a Power Commander or custom tune to level it out but till then it’s a handful!

I’ll report on the other antics I’ve been up to later.  Winter is coming!

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