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    Default Meet ""Stealth"" My new Triumph Bonneville drenched in Phantom Black!!

    Hello All… I would like to introduce you all to ‘’Stealth”, my new companion for years to come.
    The Triumph Bonneville drenched in phantom black







    Prologue: Before throwing praises at my new bike I would start by appreciating the last bike that I made this jump from. A 2012 Ninja 250R. I know it would break a lot many hearts to know that I sold my Ninja barely after 1.5 years and 20k kms of usage. And I can’t say enough about the reliability of the little Kwacker. Needless to say I have faced zero niggles in 20k kms of usage and I am sure it would continue to be so for the next owner also.

    Well let me start with my constant state of mind in respect of anything…. “Yeh Dil Maange More!”

    This little thought drives me in all aspects of life, money, work… and bikes is no exception to this thought. I am not a world class biker nor am I too knowledgeable from the technical side about bikes and I am not a cornering junkie. But yes I am passionate about riding a bike nonetheless.

    A month back I had absolutely no intention of selling my N250R and upgrading to something bigger. I was though contemplating getting a car. So when my dad read to me a newspaper advertisement of Triumph Motorcycles being launched in India and Pune I intentionally paid no heed to that lest I am tempted.

    Days passed by and finally the serious discussion came up of whether it was really a good idea to invest in a car. And this is where it bodes well to have a better half who loves bikes as much as you do. My close friends would know this from my constant attempts at touring 2 up on the Ninja 250R and customizing it as much as possible. After getting a grab rail imported from UK, getting custom gel seats for both pillion and rider seats I could somehow manage a 300 kms run with a pillion on the N250R. My wife out of her good heart and passion to tour with me would never complain. But I knew how uncomfortable it is for her going long distances on a bike not made for touring. This was the main thought that initiated an idea of getting a car to satisfy the need for going places.

    We already have a car in my family and I have barely used it in last 4 years. This analysis was too clear to give rise to this crazy idea that why not get a bigger bike with comfortable seats where both me and my wife could easily tour on and also could be an awesome solo tourer as well.

    And it was too much of a coincidence that a group of xbhp guys from Pune had posted pics of test rides of Triumph motorcycles a few days back on FB. I showed my wife those photos of bikes and then we looked at each other and I guess the same thought crossed our minds… Test Ride!!

    Looking at the Triumph line up, the pillion comfort and the cost factor only the Bonneville comes out as an undisputed winner for me. Test rode it once with a couple of friends.
    And I can’t describe the involuntary smiles that appeared on my face while I was astride the Bonnie.
    Immediately went home and made a plan of test riding it again with my wife as a pillion. I have to appreciate the BU Bhandari guys at Pune showroom for readily agreeing to my continuous demands for test rides. A thumbs up to them!

    After we test rode the Bonnie my wife made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. No.. a gun was not involved but it was more like “ If you are going to buy a new bike it has to be a Bonneville or nothing”. But she didn’t know… I had already made up my mind!
    But then the ultimate dilemma… N650 or the Bonnie.. Heart said Bonnie.. Logic said N650.. Finally the heart won and the decision was made.

    Ok enough of storytelling.. I know you guys must be bored by now.. :P
    So here’s the part about my experience from booking to delivery:-
    I booked the bike by paying 1 Lakh at BU Bhandari showroom. Once my Ninja was sold I deposited that money and then the search for the loan began..
    Triumph has a tie up with HDFC bank. Called HDFC and the guy gave me the details as follows:

    1. Rate of interest: 13.9% reducing balance AFTER a discount because I was an account holder. There were some processing charges also which I don’t seem to remember. And of course prepayment penalty. 3 to 6 % of principal outstanding. Max tenure 4 years.
    2. Documents required as usual: 3 month salary slip, 6 months bank statements, ID proof, Address proof, Form 16 if available.

    Looking at the interest rate I started searching for more viable options and came across IDBI bank.

    1. Rate of interest 10.25% reducing balance.
    2. ZERO processing charges.
    3. ZERO penalty for foreclosure after 6 months.
    4. Tenure 5 years.
    5. Minimum loan amount has to be 1.2 Lakhs. No issues there.
    6. Total cost incurred Rs.500 for stamp paper.


    I was completely blown away. Who wants to foreclose when you are getting a loan at 10.25% right! But still glad to have that option.The documents required were the same. Went to IDBI bank Wanawdi branch and applied for the loan. To my disbelief the whole loan sanction process from documents submission to sanctioning was completed in mere 3 working days! I went on a Saturday completed all the documentation and got the sanction letter, Demand draft and the RTO Form 20 signed from the bank.

    Submitted it the same day to the dealer and that was it.. Now the excruciating wait began…. The sleepless nights… the day dreaming… All bikers are familiar to this state of mind I think!

    And then today finally after the long wait (not so long really). Got the bike delivered! Bike registered with RTO and number will be put up on Monday.
    A few pics. Since it was getting dark couldn’t get some good pics. That photo session will be happening tomorrow on the initiation ride!



    The 865 cc Churning out 68 bhp power and 68 Nm of torque.. Awesome twosome.


    Pooja Done! Ready to be ridden home!


    The Quickie: Now about the bike. In the 35 odd kms that I rode. I can compare the feeling only to one experience I had - the first time I experienced take off in an airplane, it accelerating and me getting pulled back in the chair while taking off. It has such an enormous pull.

    The gear shifts were hard when I was at the showroom. But by the time I reached home it was as smooth as my N250. ‘Thakk!’ to “click” in a jiffy.
    The bike is extremely comfortable to ride in the city. The lower seat height is a boon.

    I rode on a completely gravel filled road and the bike crushed it all underneath instilling full confidence in the ride. Tried to lean the bike just a little bit and it was solid and felt very much planted and completely in control.

    Many people have been complaining about the hard suspension of the bike. But I am completely happy with the stock suspension. Coming from my previous and other current bike this seat-suspension combo works extremely well for me.

    On the roads people are oblivious to the fact that there is a 900 cc bike standing next to them. And I am enjoying the fact that I don’t receive undue attention contrary to what I have been experiencing on the Ninja. That means lesser number of Road Romeos trying to race with you on public roads and lesser number of people messing with your bike when left unattended. And I like that.

    Hence the name Stealth.

    Only one bullet rider could notice that this wasn’t some ordinary bike and he gave me a thumbs up and sped off after I reciprocated.
    No bad things about the bike as of now……. I am still on Cloud 9 and I can’t explain the excitement and thrill I am experiencing.

    All I can say is.. the bike just makes me smile.
    Very True- "Motorcycling is not, of itself, inherently dangerous. It is, however, extremely unforgiving of inattention, ignorance, incompetence, or stupidity."

    I like- "Bikes are not supposed to be a rational decision. If you can park it and walk away without looking back to admire it, you got the wrong one."

    Couple's Leh adventure: Pune-Leh-Pune 6500 kms on Triumph Bonneville

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    Default Re: Meet ""Stealth"" My new Triumph Bonneville drenched in Phantom Black!!

    Stealth ownership approved!

    Congrats @Viper1089. A lovely ride you got there. Do share more pics and keep the thread updated.

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    Default Re: Meet ""Stealth"" My new Triumph Bonneville drenched in Phantom Black!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Divya Sharan View Post
    Stealth ownership approved!

    Congrats @Viper1089. A lovely ride you got there. Do share more pics and keep the thread updated.
    Thank you. It is indeed a magnificent machine. Will post more pictures soon.
    Very True- "Motorcycling is not, of itself, inherently dangerous. It is, however, extremely unforgiving of inattention, ignorance, incompetence, or stupidity."

    I like- "Bikes are not supposed to be a rational decision. If you can park it and walk away without looking back to admire it, you got the wrong one."

    Couple's Leh adventure: Pune-Leh-Pune 6500 kms on Triumph Bonneville

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    Default Re: Meet ""Stealth"" My new Triumph Bonneville drenched in Phantom Black!!

    Yay! The Bonneville ownership thread is finally up!
    Congrats on the acquisition mate,it looks beautiful, do post more pictures..
    It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the ride - bolts!

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    Default Re: Meet ""Stealth"" My new Triumph Bonneville drenched in Phantom Black!!

    Congrats man.Wishing you a happy and safe ride ahead for years.

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    Default Re: Meet ""Stealth"" My new Triumph Bonneville drenched in Phantom Black!!

    Congratz dude...enjoy the beauty. How much is the tank capacity and do tell us about your wife's feed back on the back seat. My wife's been cursing me ever since i bought my duke. Love the alloys and please remove the saree guard.

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    I'm already feeling jealous of you! Live your dream!
    And yes, keep us updated with some more pictures.

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    Default Re: Meet ""Stealth"" My new Triumph Bonneville drenched in Phantom Black!!

    Congrats @Viper1089 for this classic beauty. I really enjoyed reading the post . Very nicely written. Keep us updated with pics and ownership report.



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    Congrats mate, one wonderful machine...
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    Default Re: Meet ""Stealth"" My new Triumph Bonneville drenched in Phantom Black!!

    Wow finally a bonnie thread is up in xbhp Heartiest congratulations sir! It's a beautiful machine. Can you please provide some contact details of the sales person or the showroom? googling didnt help me

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