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Old 23rd January 2017, 21:29   #76
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Wonderful Dinu!

It's quite unbelievable from the pictures that light intensity has increased so much from changing the headlamp clusters/bulbs. What type of bulbs are those? No need for any aux addition at all

Assuming this was sourced from abroad. What is the price for this product and also assume that it's meant only for 7" round shaped headlamps?
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Old 24th January 2017, 13:26   #78
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Wonderful Dinu!

It's quite unbelievable from the pictures that light intensity has increased so much from changing the headlamp clusters/bulbs. What type of bulbs are those? No need for any aux addition at all

Assuming this was sourced from abroad. What is the price for this product and also assume that it's meant only for 7" round shaped headlamps?
I changed the whole headlight unit, its a sealed unit. Specifically for the Bonnie, so a direct plug and play. The damn thing is quite expensive. Incl shipping, comes around 400 USD.
This is the one
https://motodemic.com/shop/led-headl...ille-thruxton/
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Been a long long time since I've dropped by owing to my previous job which was insanely hectic.

Yesterday, Bonnie completed a year since I got her home and thanks to my dear team-bhp rider friends, we did a short breakfast ride to Shoolagiri.

She was at 7200 when I got her and now she's at 17,500 kms. Around 10k in a year with rides once a month or so, mostly overnight trips. I hope to ride more this year.

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Overall, she's a breeze to ride on the highways, mile munching is so comfortable and I've done 600 odd kms on a single day without any fatigue.

Only issue is that at low rpm's the bike is very jerky and when she really heats up, I can hear the kit kit noise of the cam chain (?). The service guys said this is normal. The heat isn't uncomfortable to me though.

She's due for a change in tires. I'm concerned about the front tire especially since the wear is uneven. The right part of the tire has more wear than the left which I reckon is due to alignment issues.

Where can I get the wheels aligned? I don't know if anyone does alignment for bike wheels.

Also, the front tire seems to lose air at an alarming pace. Leave her idle for week or ten days and the pressure drops by over 50%. There was a puncture which I fixed a while ago and it was ok but the issue has cropped up again. There is no damage to the wheel and/or the valve.

Also, can other bonnie owners suggest which tires to go for as replacements?

I'm ok to upsize the rear as long as handling and flickability isn't affected. She's already heavy and painful to throw around in traffic.
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Where can I get the wheels aligned? I don't know if anyone does alignment for bike wheels.

Also, can other bonnie owners suggest which tires to go for as replacements?
Didn't know you were out yesterday - was the ride in company of Neil etc. ? I believe he was out that way as well (oops! Just saw the pic of the yellow one in the group).

Bonnie looks nice. What are head lamp on it ? Is it the standard one ?

I don't know if you meant alignment or balancing? Alignment of bike is rather unheard of, but may be experts can clarify it better. If its Balancing then if and when you get an answer please post it here for future reference.

In my opinion, the uneven wear of front may be caused by issues imbalance of the front forks (less or more oil in one or a leaky oil seal etc.) or even by inherent defect in the tyre.

My suggestion would be to stick with Metzler - I've read somewhere that the new gen Bonnies suspensions were designed with inputs from the Metzler guys (may be its some bull story).

Best Regards & Ride Safe

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Where can I get the wheels aligned? I don't know if anyone does alignment for bike wheels.

Also, can other bonnie owners suggest which tires to go for as replacements?

I'm ok to upsize the rear as long as handling and flickability isn't affected. She's already heavy and painful to throw around in traffic.
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I don't know if you meant alignment or balancing? Alignment of bike is rather unheard of..
Aditya, Front fork alignment is a very simple task and can be done with some basic tools. Does not require any specialised equipment thanks to a motorcycles front tire's ability to self align. Here is a video that elaborates it very well. Although not on a Bonnie, I'm sure delboy will not be unfamiliar to a Bonnie owner!

You should be able to get the forks aligned at the dealership.



Balancing on motorcycle tires has varied opinion, for some people its an absolute must while others state it has no benefit due to differences in motorcycle and car geometry. I personally have no clue! I could not find a balancing machine when getting a new set so could not get my new tires balanced. I've had no issues till now. The fact that the Bonnie's wheels come balanced from the factory tells me it should be done.

Uneven tire wear could have many reasons including a banked/sloped roads to the left or right for various reasons like rainwater release.

I had recently changed my tires to Pirelli Sport Demons and did a Delhi>Goa>Delhi 4500 kms trip. I was left quite impressed with them due to their much superior all round performance. They have great feedback on triumphrat as well and they come at an unbeatable price. The other option is Michelin that jkdas has upgraded to.

More details of my new tires here: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/superb...ml#post4106685 (Triumph Bonneville - El Caballo Blanco rides home)

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Bonnie looks nice. What are head lamp on it ? Is it the standard one ?
Thank you and yes, it's the stock unit. I only added the LED aux lights on either side. Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday.

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In my opinion, the uneven wear of front may be caused by issues imbalance of the front forks (less or more oil in one or a leaky oil seal etc.) or even by inherent defect in the tyre.
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You should be able to get the forks aligned at the dealership.
I've got the 20,000 kms service coming up in a bit. Will get it looked at. Thanks.

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Uneven tire wear could have many reasons including a banked/sloped roads to the left or right for various reasons like rainwater release.
I doubt that the road banking did this. My ex (ninja) didn't face this sort of issue.

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I had recently changed my tires to Pirelli Sport Demons and did a Delhi>Goa>Delhi 4500 kms trip. I was left quite impressed with them due to their much superior all round performance. They have great feedback on triumphrat as well and they come at an unbeatable price. The other option is Michelin that jkdas has upgraded to.
The Metz's are great on dry tarmac but a wee bit of sand or water and the bike tends to slide. I'll try sourcing the Pirelli's. They performed well on the ninja too.

Thanks for your suggestions. I'll also switch to the EBC brake pads. The OE ones are unreasonably expensive.
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Also, can other bonnie owners suggest which tires to go for as replacements?

I'm ok to upsize the rear as long as handling and flickability isn't affected. She's already heavy and painful to throw around in traffic.
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I had recently changed my tires to Pirelli Sport Demons and did a Delhi>Goa>Delhi 4500 kms trip. I was left quite impressed with them due to their much superior all round performance.
Well, I just changed the tyres on my Bonnie to Pirelli Sports Demons too as I wasn't getting Metzelers in Pune. 110/70 R17 and 130/70 R17. The recommended size for the rear is 130/80 but I couldn't find the size and 130/70 wasn't much of a difference.

The tyres are pretty decent. I went on a fairly long ride and the grip on all kinds of terrain (gravel, concrete roads, smooth tarmac, twisties, no roads) was extremely good. No idea on wet weather performance as it wasn't raining

However there is a fly in the ointment. There is some amount of feedback from the front tyre at slower speeds. The bike feels slightly rougher and you get a slight buzz on the handlebars. Perhaps due to the harder compound. This was reduced to some extent by dropping the tyre pressure to 30 PSI but the slight roughness persists.

The Demons are acceptable but I'd stick to Metzelers.

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I've upsized and used the Pilot Road 2 120/70 for about 5,000 kms and love it. And no, the flickability hasnt been compromised, and the wet grip is solid. Have a Scorpion Trail 150/70 at the back which is again a super tyre. Really enjoying the increased GC and not scraping speedbreakers here.
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I've upsized and used the Pilot Road 2 120/70 for about 5,000 kms and love it. And no, the flickability hasnt been compromised, and the wet grip is solid. Have a Scorpion Trail 150/70 at the back which is again a super tyre. Really enjoying the increased GC and not scraping speedbreakers here.
How much did these tyres cost you? Any pictures? Those are different type of tyres for the front and rear though. Is that okay?

Do you get a 120 scorpion trail here? Must be pricey as he'll.
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These are sold by A2ZMotorcycleSuperstore but weird that they don't have this exact model on their website or their social media pages.
Love the way the aux lights are mounted on the Bonnie. Just perfect - round and minimalist, just as it should look on a Bonnie.
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The Metz's are great on dry tarmac but a wee bit of sand or water and the bike tends to slide.
Metz's do come with tyres with other thread patterns than what comes as OEM with new Bonnie.

On 1st change my rear tyre was changed to a different thread pattern to suit India weather (recommended by some one who rides a lot in wet conditions in Europe and Far East) before the bike was shipped to India - you can see the pattern in the pic below.

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This definitely has a more planted feel than the OEM Metz

Best Regards & Ride Safe

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Metz's do come with tyres with other thread patterns than what comes as OEM with new Bonnie.
These are the Lasertecs. Very mixed reviews online. I was actually considering these for a replacement on my Duke

These have been designed keeping in mind the more period / retro bikes. While not many have complained online regarding the grip, some have eaten through these tyres real quick; which has been the biggest gripe for most
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These are the Lasertecs. Very mixed reviews online. I was actually considering these for a replacement on my Duke

These have been designed keeping in mind the more period / retro bikes. While not many have complained online regarding the grip, some have eaten through these tyres real quick; which has been the biggest gripe for most
Very true about the period/retro angle . See the comments about this tyre from one of the online store (Revzila)

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The rate at which one eats through tyres have a lot to do with ones riding style as well I suppose. The tyre you see on my bike has already done 10 K
and I think will last me at least another 15 - 20 K I think.

Best Regards & Ride Safe

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Got a pair of Bar-end mirrors off Amazon for around 600 Rs. Installed them, needed longer screws than the stock on the Bonnie. Looks nice and pretty ok for the city. The mirrors are convex, so even though small, gives a pretty good coverage. They are tinted as well.
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