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    remember the days when we didnt have abs, we were just a bit more carefull

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackass dave View Post
    remember the days when we didnt have abs, we were just a bit more carefull
    Exactly !

    Off in an hour to pick it up. Will try to get photos up this evening. Want to try to get one with an F-15C in the background (old and new thing...) but I'm not sure if i can take my bike onto the flightline .......

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    Well, I have a huge grin on my face !!

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    You've got me thinking now!!! I had a hankering for a Bonnie as a second bike for Sunday jaunts. Having seen the W800 now, I'm torn????
    I went over to Blades Triumph in Cheltenham yesterday and sat on a Bonnie. It was probably a mistake getting straight off the GS and on to a Bonnie but it just felt so small and vulnerable.
    Anyone else own(ed) a GS and a Bonnie and can offer any advise?
    2010 R1200 GS Adventure

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    i did the same thing ,got off my 1200gsa onto a bonnie it felt like a toy ,so i went back with a fresh view a few weeks later ,much better ,just take them for what they are ,relax into the ride ,and chill .
    i wouldnt mind either the w800 or bonnie .
    come on bury dave get some pics up soon

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    Me at the dealers (Orwell Motorcycles ) about to head off.



    Have to admit i felt a bit like a circus clown on a mini bike after the F800 and a GSA 1150 previous to that but it soon passed. Much as the intimidation i felt when i first sat on the 1150 did.

    I imagine if i had both it would feel odd every time i got on each , but having just the one there's no issues.

    And the wife loves it !!

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    Went the Scrambler route myself as second bike to 1200GS

    It's a back to basics bike and just as much fun in the right conditions.

    At 6' 3" the bonnie's and W800's are just too dinky for me but the Scrambler is a bit higher with more leg room and I had the seat rebuilt 1" higher with slightly taller shocks.

    Also the 270 degree motor in the Scrambler is a gem especially after a few mods to liven things up .

    They are great bikes for modifying to your own tastes


    Paul S

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    [QUOTE=Bury_Dave;3524849]Me at the dealers (Orwell Motorcycles ) about to head off.

    Looks good - enjoy
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    Cheers Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malvern_Beemer View Post
    Anyone else own(ed) a GS and a Bonnie and can offer any advise?
    Yeah, I have both in the garage at the moment. Horses for courses really I took a Kwak W for a half day test, didn't like it much. Generally seemed a bit agricultural, didn't like the look of the engine with that big ugly lump stuck on one side of the barrels and it felt and sounded rather weedy. Went for a s/h T100 Bonnie with 800 miles on the clock instead. Five minutes up the road on the test ride and I just turned back to the dealers and bought it. It's a 50th Anniversary model, looks much like the original '59 Bonnie I owned back in the day except this one doesn't try to spit me off at every opportunity nor does it piss oil all over my garage floor.

    The Bonnie is ideal for sunny day bimbles, nipping into town for odds and ends and generally hooning around B roads. Mine has Norman Hyde 'silencers' which sound absolutely lovely, proper Trumpet noise Sure, it is smaller than the GS but honestly not an issue - I jump from one to the other with no probs. Suspension is a bit basic, but then it's not exactly a track bike. Going to swap the OE units for IKONs soon, both rear units and front springs. Added a Scottoiler and a centre stand. Junked the OE Dunlops for Avon Road Riders, much better rubber IMO. Smallish tank, fill up around 120 miles. It is a keeper, I love it

    The R1150GS is for long range stuff - weekends away, France, Spain on hols and longer day trips around home. I bought it new in 2003 and she's another keeper, wouldn't part with it. Every time I ride it, I think 'Why on earth would I consider selling this?' Had test rides on all subsequent GS's from 650 to 1200 and I'm just pleased to get back on my big armchair and keep my dosh for trips

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    i do like those colours on that bonnie very much

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    Finally, a few photos:

    Picking the bike up from Orwells in Ipswich:

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    Wife having a go. She likes it so once she's got her DAS, she'll be getting one of her own

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    I have to say I'm thoroughly enjoying riding it. Back to proper, basic riding on a basic bike. I've also found the Kawa to be very soft and absorbing of the crap road surfaces we have to put up with nowadays. On my F800 it felt like every joint and undulation made itself felt in the handlebars and gave the bike a little wobble.

    Throwing it around the bends is far less dramatic as the handlebars must be nearly a foot lower on the Kawa so the range you move around in bends is way less.

    Some people moan about no ABS and a single disc front and drum rear but as my instructor always hammered home "Never sacrifice safety for speed or position" so ride to the bike you're on and weather your subjected to. I have never like ABS personally and can't see the point if you keep the right distance between you and the car in front to give yourself time to brake safely and have the ability and confidence to use your front and rear brakes properly rather than just tugging on the front brake and letting technology deal with your lack of ability

    I appreciate it's not everyone's cup of tea and it is to each their own but I'm happier than I was on my F800 and I never thought I'd say that. The ability to put both feet fully planted on the ground means I can deal with whatever level differences there are in the ground when I put my feet down.

    Please no-one else buy one as I like their relative exclusivity compared to the common as shit in a field 1200 GSA

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    Sorry for posting the photo of me picking the pick up in 2 posts

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    that is a really nice looking bike .like it very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bury_Dave View Post
    Some people moan about no ABS and a single disc front and drum rear
    Nothing wrong with a single disc and rear drum brake. I prefer a rear drum over a disc. Much more feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steptoe View Post
    Nothing wrong with a single disc Nice bike.
    Especailly once you add a 6 pot caliper

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