When I lived in California, I had a Ducati 900SS. Awesome bike!
Fast forward 12 years. I’ve been living in New York (Brooklyn, then Manhattan) for the past ten years. New York is an extremely motorcycle-unfriendly city, so I stuck with mass transit. I’m now working at Pantone in New Jersey and the commute via NJTransit is awful. The mornings are fine, but coming home takes 2 1/2+ hours. The Lincoln Tunnel is one huge bottleneck come day’s end. I finally had my impetus to get back on a bike.
My first natural thought was, of course, to get back on a Ducati – a 748 in particular. However, after a lot of thought, I decided that this would not be a good choice in NYC. Not geared for commuting but more importantly, it would be a thief magnet. I’m also older and felt that maybe I should slow down.
I was quite aware of Triumph. I worked in SoHo near a Ducati/Triumph dealer but I was always checking out the Ducatis.
So, after much soul searching and googling, I set my sights on a Triumph Bonneville, circa 1963, and then I discovered that Triumph was producing the same style as a current model. Old school aesthetics with modern day construction. I was hooked.
I went to the SoHo dealer and tried to buy but they left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I searched around and came upon Westchester Motorcycles in White Plains and Gold Coast in New Hyde Park. My co-worker, Marnie, who loves Google Reviews recommended Westchester. Their reviews were great, Gold Coast’s were horrible . Plus, the Gold Coast logo. Seriously? A spread out woman on wheels? Even in the 1950s, that would have been stupid. When I saw that, I instantly crossed them off my list – I prefer forward thinking.
I called Westchester and spoke with Les, the owner. He was very friendly and accommodating and we concluded the entire transaction over the phone. At this point, I was very familiar with the bike and knew it was my choice. The following week, I went and picked it up and rode it home. Thanks, Les!
And there you have it. I am now the proud owner of a 2014 Triumph Bonneville T100. 1960s flair with 2014 production values.