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Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:46 am 
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(I did search , could not find definitive Opinions on the Bonneville America)

Hello , I'm looking to buy a small cruiser and need some advice , the two bikes I'm digging are 07 Sportster 883L & Triumph Bonneville America , anyone have any opinions on how these two bikes compare to each other or alternatives that I may be overlooking?

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Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:32 am 
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I don't know much of anything first hand about the sportster. But I've worked with the Triumphs for a while now.

The Bonni's are pretty cool bikes. Inline twin 900cc's I've seen them hit a top speed of 190km/h. Not that we'd ever go that fast. They're fairly comfortable to sit on, but I find the steering to be somewhat... floppy? The front wheel tips a lot at slow speeds, it requires that you be somewhat careful at parking lot speeds. On the highway she's nice and smooth, pulls strong to well above the legal limits.

The gastank is kind of small, it doesn't have the hugest range, but it does well regardless. Even at redline she'll pull for a long ways.

The carbs are almost invariably dirty out of the box :P The mechanic has to clean them before the bike can be ridden.

Next year they will all be switched to EFI (08) so it may be worthwhile to wait for an 08 model.

Other then that, they're a solid bike, they don't come back for anything except for standard maintenance work, and I've not seen one break down unless the owner was doing something that he shouldn't have.

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Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:27 pm 
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I don't know much of anything first hand about the sportster. But I've worked with the Triumphs for a while now.

The Bonni's are pretty cool bikes. Inline twin 900cc's I've seen them hit a top speed of 190km/h. Not that we'd ever go that fast. They're fairly comfortable to sit on, but I find the steering to be somewhat... floppy? The front wheel tips a lot at slow speeds, it requires that you be somewhat careful at parking lot speeds. On the highway she's nice and smooth, pulls strong to well above the legal limits.

The gastank is kind of small, it doesn't have the hugest range, but it does well regardless. Even at redline she'll pull for a long ways.

The carbs are almost invariably dirty out of the box :P The mechanic has to clean them before the bike can be ridden.

Next year they will all be switched to EFI (08) so it may be worthwhile to wait for an 08 model.

Other then that, they're a solid bike, they don't come back for anything except for standard maintenance work, and I've not seen one break down unless the owner was doing something that he shouldn't have.


Thanks for the input , it's greatly appreciated.


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Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 8:31 am 
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sx66gns wrote:
(I did search , could not find definitive Opinions on the Bonneville America)

Hello , I'm looking to buy a small cruiser and need some advice , the two bikes I'm digging are 07 Sportster 883L & Triumph Bonneville America , anyone have any opinions on how these two bikes compare to each other or alternatives that I may be overlooking?

Thanks , 6


I can't comment on the Triumph but my wife bought an 07 Sportster 883 Custom this spring. I also think it is a cool bike. It handles well in town and out on the highway. The power is not bad, although I doubt it would do 190 like the Triumph. Its got lots of grunt down low but anything above 120-130 km/h the oomph begins to disappear. It will cruise easily at 110-120 km/h.

The ride is quite smooth, with a little bit of vibration/shake when the bike is idling. This disappears completely once forward motion begins. She added a windshield to the bike because highway speeds for any length was a little tiring due to wind.

The fuel consumption is not bad at all. She can go 200 km on 10 litres of fuel or around 5 litres per 100 km. My one complaint though concerns the low fuel light. The tank is a 17 litre tank. Therefore it has an estimated range of just over 300 km. The low fuel light comes on with 7 litres of fuel left. And by complaint, it doesn't bother me enough to get them to adjust the low fuel light.

And I love the sound of the bike. :D

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Hi 6, you're not getting too many responses so I'll chirp up. I don't own the America but have an 03 Bonnevlle which has been the most trouble free and pleasurable bike to ride of any bike I've owned. I've had absolutely no problems in three years, including no rust of any kind.

If I were going to buy a Harley it would definately be the Sportster though.

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I had a different Sportster - a 1200C - and it was a great bike. With the addition of a Sundowner seat I took it cross country and used it for commuting to work. I can heartily recommend it.

The only reason I am not still riding it, is I wanted more protection with a fairing and windshield so I would ride it more in rainy/cold weather, and I wanted the better handling a sport tourer gives over a cruiser.

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feliz wrote:
Hi 6, you're not getting too many responses so I'll chirp up. I don't own the America but have an 03 Bonnevlle which has been the most trouble free and pleasurable bike to ride of any bike I've owned. I've had absolutely no problems in three years, including no rust of any kind.


The America, Bonneville, T100, Thruxton, and Speedmaster are all basically the same bike. Just different handlebars, engine covers, or footpeg positions. It's a good idea on Triumphs part (in my opinion) because parts are fairly interchangable, and they don't need to worry too much about figuring out a new set of electrical problems or routing issues when they design a newer bike.

I'm only mentioning this because your experience with the Bonni speaks very well of the America in this case.

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Sev wrote:
The America, Bonneville, T100, Thruxton, and Speedmaster are all basically the same bike. Just different handlebars, engine covers, or footpeg positions.
Not to mention different frames, rake/trail setups, wheel sizes and engines. :roll:

The America and Speedmaster use a 270 degree 865cc parallel twin, while the rest of the Bonneville lineup uses the 360 degree 865cc motor.

Dammit, Sev, DO YOUR RESEARCH!

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Last 900 (883) Sporty I had was a 66. Stock XLCH. It topped at just under 115mph, when the valves started floating. Vibrating excessively above 90. Newer bikes should run better/faster/smoother. (but leave it to the Motor company to see that they don't) Newer 883s are more reliable and smoother but a lot slower than a 40yr old Sporty.

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