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Triumph Bonneville : Essential Buyer's Guide - Peter Henshaw

Triumph Bonneville

Essential Buyer's Guide

Paperback Published: 15th November 2014
ISBN: 9781845841348
Number Of Pages: 64

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There are lots of books about the Triumph Bonneville, about its history, performance, lineage and the minutiae of its specification, but none of them tell you what to look for when buying one secondhand. That’s what this book is about – it aims at being a straightforward, practical guide to buying a used Bonnie. It won’t list all the correct color combinations for each year, or analyze the bike’s design philosophy, or consider its background as part of a troubled industry – there are excellent books listed at the end of this one which do all of that. But hopefully it will help you avoid buying a dud. Point by point, it takes the reader through everything that needs looking at when buying a Bonnie, plus spares prices, which is the best model to buy for your needs, a look at auctions, restorations and paperwork. Over 29 years in production, the Bonneville is for some the definitive postwar British vertical twin, perhaps even the definitive British bike of all time, with all its strengths, weaknesses and character. Although there might seem to be a wide range of models and special editions, all are based around the same 649cc or 747cc vertical twin. There were plenty of changes over the years, but none of them changed the basic format of this classic British bike. Aside from all the history, the Bonneville remains a tremendous classic to own, so long as you’re prepared to look after it. The last Bonnies truly deserve the term ‘practical classic.’ Whichever one you choose, it should be fast, agile and good looking, and on a twisty English B road, there’s nothing like a Bonnie. One hundred color photos, useful appendices and expert advice mean this book could save you 1000’s.

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Review from Classic Bike Guide, June 2008UK magazine OK, so, you're tired of the flashy hyperbike scene and fancy something different. The retro scene and old motorcycles has started to appeal but the problem is you're completely new to old motorcycles and know nothing about them. Yes, you've seen them about and have probably even heard of a few of the makes like Triumph and BSA but beyond that ... well. What do you do to find out if the scene will suit you and what bike could be the one for you?A useful first step could well be one of 'The Essential Buyer's Guides' by Peter Henshaw and published by Veloce Publishing if you're fancying a BSA twin or a Triumph Bonneville - OK and BMW GS as well. The buyer's guides are not an in-depth look at every machine, that would be difficult in a 64-page 7 11/16in x 5 7/16in soft back book. Instead they are squarely aimed at the newcomer and advise on model changes, recognition points, pitfalls and other things to be aware of when seeking out a classic.A long time classic owner will find the information fairly run of the mill but if you're just starting out then it's all new and after reading 'The Essential Buyer's Guides' you should be able to spot a Bonnie from a T'Bird or an A7 from an RGS. a great resource to have at your fingertips. Ultimate MotorCycling

1 - Is it the bike for you?2 - Cost considerations3 - Living with a Bonneville4 - Relative values5 - Before you view6 - 10min evaluation7 - Key points8 - Serious evaluation9 - Auctions10 - Paperwork11 - What's it worth to you?12 - Do you really want to restore?13 - Paint faults14 - Lack of use problems15 - The community16 - Vital statistics

ISBN: 9781845841348
ISBN-10: 1845841344
Series: Essential Buyer's Guide
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 15th November 2014
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.9  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.14

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