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    Second bike
    on: Dec 05, 2015, 07.57 pm
    Dec 05, 2015, 07.57 pm
    Need help choosing a second bike. I want a smaller bike for shorter trips and commuting. I like the street triple and the tiger 800.
    Any thoughts?



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    Re: Second bike
    Reply #1 on: Dec 05, 2015, 08.46 pm
    Dec 05, 2015, 08.46 pm
    I just had a similar thought process along the same lines.  I decided on a 2015 Bonneville T100 (posted about in another thread).   It came down to either the "old" model, T100, or wait till next Spring for the availability of the completely redesigned "new" model, T120. 

    It was a tough decision, but the outgoing model more than meets my expectations for a "second" bike.   In fact, truth be told, I like it more than my '14 TTSE.  My Bonneville T100 is simply easier and more fun to ride, especially for short trips around town. 

    The 2015 models are almost gone - I got mine last month and had to really hunt around for the bike color I most wanted.  The outgoing model is the last of the modern (EFI), 865cc, air cooled, parallel twin engines.  The Bonneville breed goes back over 50 years. 

    The first Triumph Bonneville was a 1959 model, and really hasn't changed all that much over the years.   They are all still truly beautiful machines.  Very classy, and perhaps the most recognizable of ALL motorcycles on the planet!

    Anyway, each to their own, so good luck in whatever you decide for your second bike.    :152: 
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    Re: Second bike
    Reply #2 on: Dec 05, 2015, 10.07 pm
    Dec 05, 2015, 10.07 pm
    I am considering a Triumph America as a second bike for around town.  The lower seat and lighter weight are big pluses.  The only sticking point is negotiating with my roommate of 40 years.     :440:  She says you can only ride one at a time.  I told her I promised only one wife, not only one bike.   :182:  She did not laugh.

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    Re: Second bike
    Reply #3 on: Dec 06, 2015, 03.02 am
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    T120!!!!
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    Re: Second bike
    Reply #4 on: Dec 06, 2015, 03.32 am
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    If I didn't already have a full stable, I'd be looking at the '16 Thruxton....
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    Re: Second bike
    Reply #5 on: Dec 06, 2015, 06.40 am
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    Agree the new 2016 Thruxton will be an awesome bike but it will be too big to meet his criteria for a "second bike".  However the outgoing Thruxton will be perfect. Everything the Bonneville has and more.
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    Re: Second bike
    Reply #6 on: Dec 06, 2015, 06.53 am
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    Hi 2uptouring

    A second bike ? Of the two you mentioned - Street Triple and Tiger 800 - much will depend on your physical condition i.e. Age, Flexibility and condition of your lower back area... If, like me, you are closer to 65 than 35 then the Street Triple will become uncomfortable after an hour or so. If you do have lower back problems then steer clear of anything in the Cruiser range...

    I recently HAD cause to ride both Models from New, running-in the New Demo Fleet for my Triumph Dealer.. The Street Triple is great for grins but for pure practicality the Tiger 800 wins, hands-down

    As a former owner of a Tiger 800 I am biased towards them, naturally

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    Re: Second bike
    Reply #7 on: Dec 06, 2015, 08.25 am
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    for me: any of the 2016 Bonneviles, with a special feeling for the new Thruxton!
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