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Thread: Bonneville v/s Iron 883

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    Default Bonneville v/s Iron 883

    I'm 32 year old , doctor, (till now) Single, own a Car, Ride a Bull, can pay my rent eat decent food , have my hooch and still save enough.

    Now the dilemma, not getting younger, will b married (off ) soon, will drive a car and clean a Bull, savings will go somewhere else.

    hence,
    need to fulfill a dream and Own and Ride my LUST.

    Question which one ??

    i`m a wee bit more partial to the Bonneville , but recently rode the iron and found it nice.

    HD also has a advantage over still not here Triumph , that they have a sale and ?service system running.

    any and every pointer will help.

    cheers
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    HD has established itself quite nicely here with good network & all. Triumph is yet to come. If you want to wait then it's fine. Else, you can be part of HOG India.

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    Bonneville is not available yet, so no point discussing about it; though new keeps coming often, nothing is concrete until it is reality, until then all we discuss are hypothetical. For now you can realize your dream with Iron 883 which is available.
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    thanks guys ,

    i`m still few months away from getting either , just started the process, so still open for all suggestions, ``Patience pays...The Vulture's virtue is patience and the bird always get it's food - Wise man saying``

    would really like to hear from anyone who`s ridden a Bonneville !

    cheers !!

    ps keep em coming !!

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    Well if touring is your thing then the Bandit and the upcoming F650 GS are real contenders.

    for poser value the HD 48 and the Street Bob are way cooler

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    Quote Originally Posted by wierd_san View Post
    Well if touring is your thing then the Bandit and the upcoming F650 GS are real contenders.

    for poser value the HD 48 and the Street Bob are way cooler
    thanks,
    but bandit and 650 are not `my kind of bikes`
    an 48/ Bob are a bit too big for my liking.

    cheers !!!!

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    The Bonneville is a lighter bike, and better-balanced. The Harley is actually an older design technology-wise, and will not be as comfortable. The Harley weighs 35KG more than the Bonneville. Also, that V-twin has no balancer, so it runs quite rough, whereas the Bonneville's engine uses twin balance shafts for a much smoother feel and less vibration. Additionally, the Harley uses weird tire sizes: a 16" rear and a 19" front, which pretty much guarantees you'll be buying replacements from the dealer, where the Bonnie uses standard 17" tires which you can get anywhere. The Bonnie also uses a traditional chain final drive, so you can get replacements from the aftermarket, where the Iron uses a belt, which you again will have to buy from Harley (though the belt admittedly lasts longer and needs no maintenance other than tension).

    The only possible upside to the Harley is that you can buy one now, where the Bonneville won't be available until October. Note that the first bikes Triumph sells here will have been built in the UK and shipped complete, so if you book early, you'll get one of the UK bikes from an established factory instead of an early-run bike from the India factory where quality process will still be shaky.

    Frankly, were it me in your shoes, I'd wait for the Triumph. The Bonnie is enough of a "normal" bike that your impending wife may like riding on it, where the Harley is almost certain to be deemed "your" bike. I also dislike Harley because of my familiarity with its status as a poser bike in the US. As the saying goes there: Harley Davidson is a clothing seller with some really expensive accessories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Mountain View Post
    The Bonneville is a lighter bike, and better-balanced. The Harley is actually an older design technology-wise, and will not be as comfortable. The Harley weighs 35KG more than the Bonneville. Also, that V-twin has no balancer, so it runs quite rough, whereas the Bonneville's engine uses twin balance shafts for a much smoother feel and less vibration. Additionally, the Harley uses weird tire sizes: a 16" rear and a 19" front, which pretty much guarantees you'll be buying replacements from the dealer, where the Bonnie uses standard 17" tires which you can get anywhere. The Bonnie also uses a traditional chain final drive, so you can get replacements from the aftermarket, where the Iron uses a belt, which you again will have to buy from Harley (though the belt admittedly lasts longer and needs no maintenance other than tension).

    The only possible upside to the Harley is that you can buy one now, where the Bonneville won't be available until October. Note that the first bikes Triumph sells here will have been built in the UK and shipped complete, so if you book early, you'll get one of the UK bikes from an established factory instead of an early-run bike from the India factory where quality process will still be shaky.

    Frankly, were it me in your shoes, I'd wait for the Triumph. The Bonnie is enough of a "normal" bike that your impending wife may like riding on it, where the Harley is almost certain to be deemed "your" bike. I also dislike Harley because of my familiarity with its status as a poser bike in the US. As the saying goes there: Harley Davidson is a clothing seller with some really expensive accessories.
    +100000 totally agree with you mate!!!

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