Leaning Towards a Bonneville in the Spring

Basically I want my current bike – the TU250X – but with more legs.

I bought the TU because it looked a lot like my favorite motorcycle, the Triumph Bonneville. It was intended as my learner bike, my first-ever motorcycle to get me used to riding in South Florida traffic and understand how a motorcycle operates.

Now that I’m wanting more oomph, I think the Bonny makes sense as a next bike for later this Spring.

Look at those lines, what’s not to love?





1200cc Liquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parrellel twin
80 Hp (59kW) @ 6550 rpm
77.4 FT-lbs (105 Nm) @ 3100 rpm
Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Chromed 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin chrome silencers
Final drive x ring chain
Wet, multi-plate assist clutch
6-speed xmission
Front Wheels 32-spoke 18 x 2.75in
Rear Wheels 32-spoke 17 x 4.25in
Front Tires 100/90-18
Rear Tires 150/70 R17
Brakes Front Twin 310mm discs, Nissin 2-piston floating calipers, ABS
Brakes Rear Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Seat Height 30.9 in (785 mm)
Wheelbase 56.9 in (1445 mm), Rake 25.5º
Trail 4.1 in (105.2 mm)
Dry Weight 494 lbs (224 Kg)
Tank Capacity 3.8 US Gallon, ~50 mpg




Max Power EC 55 Hp (40.5kW) @ 5,900rpm
Max Torque EC 59FT-lbs (80Nm) @ 3,230rpm
Dry Weight 470lb
Bore Stroke 88 mm

Max Power EC 80 Hp (59kW) @ 6550 rpm
Max Torque EC 77.4 FT-lbs (105 Nm) @ 3100 rpm
Bore Stroke 97.6 mm


When I watch this vid I want to be like the old man who held on to his bike for half a century.





Moto Guzzi

November 3rd, 2016, 3:11 pm

I really think I could learn to love something like the V7 II Stone.


ABS, traction control, a 750cc 90° transverse V-twin engine, shaft-drive, six-speed transmission, 44 ft-lbs of torque?

For $8,990 MSRP?


And it’s Ewan-approved:


Feel free to try to talk me down off the ledge, but I don’t think I’m coming down

The main problem is dealer support … or lack of. The nearest dealer is 30 miles south, in Miami. And they have one mechanic on staff and repair wait times could be annoying.
Beautiful bikes, though. No question.

Rolling Up On Another 250

October 2016

Rolled up on a 1985 Honda Rebel 250. Guy didn’t speak much English but cool bike. Antique plates.

He didn’t really know what year his bike was. I’m always curious about these guys who know almost nothing about the details of what they’re sitting on. It seems to happen all the time. Don’t know the year, don’t know the engine size, can’t remember if it’s a Kawi or a Honda … I mean, did you steal it today or what?

This guy was nice though. His lane discipline was atrocious, but you get that a lot here.


Added a Shoulder Bag

October 17th, 2016, 9:41 am

There were some threads going around on Reddit showing people adding a shoulder bag to their bike. I really liked the look so I picked one up; they’re not expensive at all.


The bag is attached under the seat with heavy duty zip-ties. It sits right in front of the left-hand side cover.

I had thought from the pics on Reddit that the bag would get in your leg’s way, but it doesn’t. You never feel it at all.

I put a pair of rain pants in there, and put my gloves in when I get off the bike.

The straps on the bag are held down with magnets; you don’t really have to unbuckle them every time.

Here are the Reddit threads about it, with pics on a Triumph or something:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Triumph/commen … to_saddle/

https://www.reddit.com/r/Triumph/commen … cover_bag/

Here’s the bag:
https://www.amazon.com/Shoulder-Militar … RY6HKJWV8A

Trust Your Instincts

August 5th, 2016, 12:44 pm

Lesson learned: trust your instincts


I had started feeling surrounded by cars and saw a squeeze coming up ahead so I downshifted and slowed down a bit, and an impatient guy in a white car pulled out right in front of us, going around the guy he should have been waiting behind. He was hidden from me by a turning SUV, but trusting my gut feeling (moto spidey senses?) had me slower already and had my covering the brake, so that when I needed to slow aggressively it was not too much of a challenge by then.

I was actually surprised that I had been right, that some insanity was coming up soon.


Okeechobee Ride #1

June 1st, 2016, 1:48 pm

Took a long ride with about 9 friends from work last Saturday, we went up to Lake Okeechobee and back. Good times.

My little bike is the orange one, 2nd from the right.

The Ducati Monster 821 got a lot of attention at all the rest stops.

Patriot 9/11 Memorial, Wellington FL.