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#1 Sep 6, 2007
I used to ride small triumphs back in the 60s.I had several tiger cubs. I have always wanted a bonny.I have seen many on ebay.I was told by a Triumph guy that 1967-69 were the best.I do remember mine were not very reliable (lucas).Oil leaks etc .I just sold my 32 ford street rod.I really like the looks of the older bonnys.Two tone paint job.I just want to putt around on week ends.Anyone have any input on this?The new one looks pretty good too.Thanks in advance.Bob
#2 Sep 20, 2007
I bought a 69 Bonneville a few months ago. It kicks right over and runs well. The two-tone paint is gone. It is all black now. It is fun to ride and handles rather well. They sound is great and it turns lots of heads. Electronic ignition has replaced the points. Check it out.
#3 Oct 18, 2007
Look Buddy Forget the OLD Bonnie the New ones look just like the old ones MINUS all their Headaches,plus they have all the Modern features Take my advice you will thank me later
#4 Oct 29, 2007
I guess it depends on what you want. I am sure the new machines are fine bikes. I know the old ones need some attention. Pull into a crowd with a new one and everyone says "nice bike". Pull into a crowd with an old one and you just hear "NICE!"
New Glasgow, Canada
#5 Nov 19, 2008
1 point dan
1 point al
2 points plus bonus point for the slam, and an extra for being older and wiser, dan wins 5 to 1.
#6 Sep 24, 2009
You in Oxnard? I was stationed out there back in the 60s.(Seabees). Friend had a 66 Triumph, single carb, forgot what it was called. He used to let me ride it regularly. Got pretty good at riding it home without benefit of a clutch cable! And then the blown fuses....ah yes....time has a way of healing old wounds, doesn't it?
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