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Old 4th July 2014, 11:14   #511
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Verdict - Bonnie is miles ahead of Harley in terms of engine refinement, handling, ergonomics and braking capability!! Which HD Street sorely misses!! If you need a Torque machine and a bike to show off that fits your pocket Its HD 750. If you want to enjoy riding and a perfect partner to love lifelong its Bonnie!!!!

P.S - Our RD 350 is still under restoration, almost 90% done and few more things and its ready to hit the road. Two Classics !!!
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Have a look at my Avatar - you can see the Blue and the Silver Beauties there. I am currently in TVM. PM your contacts please, need to check about couple of things for RD350.

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Hi Avinash,

Sorry for hijacking your thread... thought of posting it here rather than creating a new thread.
Absolutely no problem. I think you made the right decision of posting your HD 750 vs. Bonneville comparison and it seems like a very fair one too.

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Verdict - Bonnie is miles ahead of Harley in terms of engine refinement, handling, ergonomics and braking capability!! Which HD Street sorely misses!! If you need a Torque machine and a bike to show off that fits your pocket Its HD 750. If you want to enjoy riding and a perfect partner to love lifelong its Bonnie!!!!
Iam glad to know that you liked the Bonneville. I too just like you was super impressed just after a short ride. But, after riding it for a few months now I have come to realize that this is the best decision that I made

You should ride the Bonnie on a highway to know its true capabilities. Try it once Iam sure you too like me will be hooked for life
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Thanks for the fantastic report.
I took a test ride of the Bonny yesterday at Triumph Mumbai. I was thoroughly impressed. I took a long test ride and would like to share few queries/comments that I got which were as entertaining as the test ride-
1. "Nice car!" (????!!!!)
2. "Kidhar modify kiya?"
3. "Bullet ka naya model?"
But the best and the most frustrating-
4. An auto rickshaw driver was staring at the bike for a long time while we were waiting at the signal. After a long assessment he asked "Diesel hai kya?"
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I took a test ride of the Bonny yesterday at Triumph Mumbai. I was thoroughly impressed
That's wonderful to know. Could you share more on what impressed you about the Bonnie? (Btw, its a Bonnie and not a Bonny)

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I took a long test ride and would like to share few queries/comments that I got which were as entertaining as the test ride-
We are blessed with plenty of humorous moments on our Indian roads and that adds to the overall fun...LOL!

Holy Moly, it never struck me that during the last ride, I had actually covered 5000kms and during the rain completely forgot to click the odometer picture

Anyways, here is one after a short spin this morning
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Could you share more on what impressed you about the Bonnie?
Answer can be very long, I will have to keep it short!
1. Looks!
2. Attention to details
3. Built quality
4. Super comfy riding position
5. Power!
6. The addictive sound note that is generated when you accelerate hard and release the throttle.
7. Attitude of the sales persons- they were actually wanting people to ride their bikes! I was offered to take the test ride of all the bikes, even when it was made very clear that I was interested in only the Bonnie (I got it right this time!).

I have to test ride the HDs before I make the final decision. But I think it will be the Bonnie.
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Answer can be very long, I will have to keep it short!
That was indeed a sweet and short report on your test ride experience.

However, you either missed noticing or forgot to mention Bonnie's primary strength- HANDLING

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7. Attitude of the sales persons- they were actually wanting people to ride their bikes! I was offered to take the test ride of all the bikes, even when it was made very clear that I was interested in only the Bonnie (I got it right this time!
Good observation. This is exactly my experience with Hyderabad Triumph Dealership. Due to that amazing attitude I have test rode almost every bike in the Triumph stable ( except the Rocket) and it feels good to be treated like a proper customer unlike the experience that I have had with HD

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I have to test ride the HDs before I make the final decision. But I think it will be the Bonnie.
Which Harley model your contemplating? You should certainly test ride the Harley and compare it, experience it and buy the bike which you like the most.

And, that's exactly what I did if you haven't read my comparison report before :-

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/superb...onneville.html (Comparison Report: Harley Davidson Iron 883 vs Triumph Bonneville)
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However, you either missed noticing or forgot to mention Bonnie's primary strength- HANDLING
Indeed!
I missed out. I thought I had written about it. It feels very stable and urges you to explore the limits of the bike!
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Thanks for the fantastic report.
I took a long test ride and would like to share few queries/comments that I got which were as entertaining as the test ride-
1. "Nice car!" (????!!!!)
2. "Kidhar modify kiya?"
3. "Bullet ka naya model?"
But the best and the most frustrating-
4. An auto rickshaw driver was staring at the bike for a long time while we were waiting at the signal. After a long assessment he asked "Diesel hai kya?"
I've had my share of funny comments/incidents:
1. On my last ride to the konkan coast and back to Pune many people were making a funny kind of a somewhat indecent groping gesture with their palms which i later on found out was a way of telling me that the headlight is ON!!
2. Another one was - Is that bike a 'TRUMP' ?
3. Lastly - Thats a fine Harley you've got there!
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1. On my last ride to the konkan coast and back to Pune many people were making a funny kind of a somewhat indecent groping gesture with their palms which i later on found out was a way of telling me that the headlight is ON!!
More than a Maharashtrian, that is a Puneri specialty. All they get is a nod and a thumbs up from me for their pains ......
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1. On my last ride to the konkan coast and back to Pune many people were making a funny kind of a somewhat indecent groping gesture with their palms which i later on found out was a way of telling me that the headlight is ON!!
3. Lastly - Thats a fine Harley you've got there!
You are lucky - usually its "nicely modified Bullet"

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More than a Maharashtrian, that is a Puneri specialty. All they get is a nod and a thumbs up from me for their pains ......
Doc, its more an "Indian" way than Puneri or Maharashtrian - its same in Karnataka as well.

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Doc, its more an "Indian" way than Puneri or Maharashtrian - its same in Karnataka as well.

Best Regards & Ride Safe

Ram
Good to know bro. Feel-good factor of the realisation that you're not the only one living in a city of gropy perverts.
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On the groping gesture syndrome- Like Ram mentioned, its india-wide phenomenon

I used to be polite before nod, thumbs up etc.

Now I have ran out of patience. Either I give a cold stare or just ignore them
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Alright, Iam here in the US and finally got to see the helmet in person

Here is my initial take on it after wearing it at home for a little while

Light Weight
Good construction
Great fit and finish
Nice snug fit

I cant wait to try it on once iam back in India

Blue Iridium visor looks really awesome. Iam sure it will go rather well with this helmet
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Alright, Iam here in the US and finally got to see the helmet in person

Here is my initial take on it after wearing it at home for a little while

Light Weight
Good construction
Great fit and finish
Nice snug fit

I cant wait to try it on once iam back in India

Blue Iridium visor looks really awesome. Iam sure it will go rather well with this helmet
But helmet doesnt match with the bike mobike008, my suggestion would be buy in black background color.

something like

http://www.amazon.com/HJC-CS-R2-Skar...orcycle+helmet

http://www.amazon.com/Scorpion-EXO-5...orcycle+helmet
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A true blood Rossi fan are we? I am a bit with Pawan on the colour scheme. Find it a bit too loud for a Bonne. The visor is amazing and the shape of the helmet is to die for. Looks like you have already made the purchase.
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