5 Years

This week marked the 5th anniversary riding the Triumph Bonneville. Now the winter has passed and a new season of great riding weather begins. That’s me below with my second Bonnie on the anniversary date last week. The first one (’07) was stolen on Memorial Day in 2009. It was quickly replaced with this ’09 model in June. She is still riding great with over 52,000 miles on her. When the ’07 was stolen it had just under 18,000 miles on it. Do the math. 5 years…70,000 glorious miles.

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Recently however not a whole lot of miles have been tipping over on that odometer. It’s been cold and I’ve been busy. First a trip with my girl to Paris kept me busy. Paris is awesome. We saw a few fine machines around town.

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This mean looking BMW was parked on the sidewalk.

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This BMW was one of many motorcycles and scooters parked on the streets of Monmartre. You have to give credit to those who ride in Paris. Rush hour is wild. Cutting lanes in Cali is kids play compared to the moves you will see in this city.

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I’m not sure what bike this is. It’s got Bonnie style.

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The Eiffel Tower adds an orange glow to the headlight of this old Vespa.

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We saw this Thruxton on the way to the D’Orsay Museum. It had some nice extras. I was really eyeballing those side mirrors, but after some recent tight spots in NYC I think I’ll keep my mirrors between the bars.

When we returned from Paris we had an opportunity for a ride about town.

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We rode over to one of the few undeveloped spots along the East River. It won’t be undeveloped for long. What a view!

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Calvary Cemetery in Queens is a serene spot with an unusual view of the city.

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On to Brooklyn we had a look at some vintage bikes.

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Then to Williamsburg for some fish tacos and delicious drinks at the Surf Bar.

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Ended the ride with a sunset in Manhattan.

Then Bonnie sat idle again as we went to Florida. In Florida the only riding I did was on this baby below at the local Goodwill.

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Instead of a bike we opted for this little Smartcar.

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That little sucker is fun to drive. It’s like sitting in an 80MPH amusement park ride.

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Back in NYC! The weather is showing signs of warming up. It’s time to get Bonnie inspected and registered. Jillian and I rode up to Cycle Therapy for an inspection. While waiting we checked out some of their bikes upstairs.

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Bonnie passed inspection. We rode back downtown during rush hour. I pushed it. It got a little crazy at times. On my back was my girl. Cool, without worry. She said if it gets too scary, she’ll just close her eyes and hold on tight. Nice.

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I sign out with some random shots from around town.

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I don’t usually include scooters here, but this Vespa with a sidecar is hardcore.

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6 Responses to “5 Years”

  1. Pat, as always great pics. We had a mild winter here in St. Louis so the miles just kept ticking over. A group of us did 350 miles last Saturday just for a hamburger (Google Moonshine, IL and the Moonburger) Be safe and looking forward to your adventures, Doug

  2. Always a pleasure to read this blog. Some great pictures of cool bikes. THANKS!

  3. The unknown bike after the BMW’s is a Kawasaki w800. Not sure if they are sold in the states, several really cool bikes in this style aren’t. Like Bonnie she is a modern bike modeled after an old British design, in this case a BSA. Awesome site, you have inspired me also, keep up the good work.

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