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#460922 - 10/27/12 11:46 pm TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!!  
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HELLO everyone ive owned a 1972 triumph daytona past and recently bought a 1969 bonneville. Now after riding the bonneville man i cant stop thinking about that daytona, other then little more power and better on the highway the daytona was a much better overall bike in my opinion.....has anybody ever thought the same....or am i crazy, lol.....thank you

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#460926 - 10/28/12 12:09 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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stick with the daytona. I'll be happy to take the '69 off your hands.

#460928 - 10/28/12 1:17 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: jurbanec]  
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You are either crazy or you are not a 230 lb. giant.
I like light and quick handling, but I also like some thing that hauls my fat ass around.


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#460930 - 10/28/12 1:30 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: desco]  
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yeah im 5'5 160lbs.....

#460942 - 10/28/12 3:47 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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My only experience with Triumphs is with 650's but I'll tell you my 500cc Norton Dominator 88 is by FAR the the sweetest running British parallel twin I have owned. It probably also helps that I had the crankshaft dynamically balanced!! I have heard similar things about other brands of parallel twins and many people seem to prefer the 500's over the larger bikes. Makes sense to me as this was the displacement of the orginal design.


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#460949 - 10/28/12 4:41 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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I weigh about 155 even with all my money in my pockets and on these Triumphs I think I prefer the 500s.

#460954 - 10/28/12 6:00 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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I'm a Daytona lover as mine is a sweet ride.....smooth engine with one 930 carb with nothing done in the balancing department. Two up is ok but I can see more power would be nice two up in the Rockies. Been through the Rockies solo with lots of gear on board and was happy at the time. I'll let you know how I feel about the Atlas when I get it done. Cheers, Wilf


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#461080 - 10/29/12 8:03 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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After years of riding 650, 750 and 850 Bonnevilles, I built myself a unit 500. Only one word to describe it...cute!

Smaller, lighter, flickable in bends, but ultimately not enough power for an adrenaline junkie such as me.

Bob


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#461092 - 10/29/12 11:03 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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I've always liked the late unit 500 and the 350 twins for thier dinky size,low vibes and cute looks. I'm always tempted by the late T100D but the power-thing compared to the 650/750s always puts doubt in my mind.


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#461139 - 10/29/12 8:38 pm Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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Back in the late 70s I ran a 1970 Daytona after running a series of old 3TA/5TAs. It was everything everybody has said above - light, v.pretty, great brakes etc.

I wasn't overly impressed by the performance when I first got it, until I revved it, which then got me the performance at a big price, as I subsequently broke the crank. I remember swapping it on a run with a pal who had a '69 TR6 and being very impressed by the torque of the bigger bike. That memory stayed with me as I'm now building a unit TR6SS!

#461173 - 10/30/12 12:36 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: DUHC]  
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Hello read some good reviews, i personally at 5'5 160 lbs and only drive around my small urban area,im not a long distance rider. I felt that the daytona was overall a better ride for me. Only issue i had was a little light weight for the highway. Other then that it was perfect and handled nicely. Now i have the 69 bonnie nice bike but will see what happens. just seems weird too sell a 650 bonnie for a 500 daytona. but maybe my thoughts will change.....thank you

#461175 - 10/30/12 1:19 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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Is the ultimate comparison test between the Daytona and the Bonneville to be found in the final chase sequence between Clint Eastwood and Don Stroud in Coogan's Bluff ?


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#461176 - 10/30/12 1:44 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: meriden4ever]  
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Originally Posted By: meriden4ever
Is the ultimate comparison test between the Daytona and the Bonneville to be found in the final chase sequence between Clint Eastwood and Don Stroud in Coogan's Bluff ?


One of the best scenes ever!


When given the choice between two evils I picked the one I haven't tried before
#461185 - 10/30/12 2:43 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: shel]  
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so i take it your saying bonneville is the champ overall?? clint eastwood before my time....

#461193 - 10/30/12 3:13 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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The overall champ is the one you prefer, you seemed to like your 500 best, maybe that's the bike for you.


When given the choice between two evils I picked the one I haven't tried before
#461197 - 10/30/12 6:01 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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I seem to recall road tests from about '71 or '72 where the Daytona was about 3 mph faster in top speed than the Bonneville.
I have seen it somewhere on the internet.

#461206 - 10/30/12 11:37 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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i find this thread very interesting,iv got a 66 tr6c and iv riden loads of 650s, but iv only ever raced a 500,how ever im just finishing a 500 road bike (late daytona sr styled with single carb)Having to much time on my hands iv gone thro my cycle world and motorcycle road tests and the results are a bit of a surprise (bonnie owners stop reading now )the daytona eats the bonnie up to 65 mph ? the standing quaters are almost the same and top speed over several tests is about the same at between 106 and 114 for both 500 and 650 ,one 650 made 118!i think the real difference is the way they do it you have to rev the 500 that said if it doesnt shake as much is it so bad.


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#461207 - 10/30/12 11:41 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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I find that my favorite bike is the one I'm riding at the moment.Pre-unit,Daytona or T-120,they all have their great points. I love 'em all! Dick (the '66 T-100SR Too)

#462051 - 11/05/12 7:42 pm Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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I won't trade my Bonnie for one, but I want a 500, too.

Phatt Bob, if you need more adrenalin can't you find tighter curves?


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#462069 - 11/05/12 11:35 pm Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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I have a 650 but the 500 is a great bike. The mid 60s T10SS has a good spread of power so you don't have to rev it like the Daytona, apparently. In a road test for the T100ss it said that changing at 5000 in the lower gears was fine for fast road use. I think on the daytona you change at 7500? I rarely bother to rev my 650 over 5000rpm I have to say.
Dave

#462273 - 11/07/12 10:14 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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One of the best bikes I rode was my ex wifes '69 T100c set up for the road. 7" TLS front brake and once the inlet ports were tidied and a 28mm Mk 1 added it was a great bike. So easy to turn compared to my '76 Bonny.
It was let down by the 4 speed box that was just horrible to use, slow and clunky even with a good clutch.
But it revved and went really well, never missed a beat.
I want one still.


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#462326 - 11/07/12 7:12 pm Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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Difficult choice for me. One of my all time favorite bikes was my old 67 Daytona that I had to sell when I was broke. The guy who bought it still has it but won't sell it back. I really liked it for the twisties and short hops, but prefer the 650 and even the 750 for the longer hauls. My current favorite is my 73 750 Bonneville. Don't know why, but I prefer to ride it over my 70 650. I think it may be that the 73 750 has performed flawlessly over the years and starts frist kick every time. Crap, I love them all.


Bob


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#462415 - 11/08/12 4:49 pm Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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IMO they are both good bikes,

The only thing I don't like about the 500's is the transmission and kick starter weakness.

a good analogy to me is,
riding a T100 it is like driving a Porsche 914, While I feel they are great cars, they defiantly don't get the respect the other Porsches do.

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#462478 - 11/09/12 1:07 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: @@RICHARD@@79]  
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I've never ridden a 650cc or larger Triumph, but I'm 200 lbs plus at least another 20 lbs of ATGATT, and I've ridden my 1970 T100S all over southern Ontario and New Brunswick Canada. I've camped with tent, bag, chair, etc on back while running at 60 mph for ages.

Don't forget that there are also some good performance mods for getting more power and performance from you T100, such as:

1) 530cc big bore kit http://www.britcycle.com/products/530triumphbigborekit.htm
2) Electronic ignition
3) JRC or other performance, reliable carbs http://www.jrceng.com/gallery/JRC-PWK-carburetors-in-action
4) Quaife 5-speed gearbox conversion kit http://www.quaife.co.uk/shop/products/qmca2b
5) Belt primary drive http://www.britcycle.com/products/hayward_belt_drive_kits.htm
6) Final belt drive conversion http://www.quietpowerdrive.com/QPDhtm/FinalBeltDrives.htm
7) Lightweight aluminum fuel tank and oil tank http://www.thetankshop.com/ and http://www.burtonbikebits.net/Tanks.htm
8) Fibreglass fairing http://www.airtech-streamlining.com/triumph/triumphbsa.htm



Here's a site about building a performance T100 http://www.rocler.qc.ca/ariane/cyctr500.htm

Last edited by Matthew in TO; 11/09/12 2:18 am.

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#462486 - 11/09/12 2:13 am Re: TRIUMPH DAYTONA VS BONNEVILLE!!! [Re: Matthew in TO]  
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Good luck with the Quaife 5 speed box, I tried to get one recently but they are out of production and I don't know how you'd get a final drive belt in a 500 as I had to go down to a 520 chain and remove some alloy just to fit the O ring type in there.


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