Time for a break from all this politics crap!
I plan to take the Bonneville touring at some point - possibly later this year, if I can find the tuits. At the moment, it is naked as the day it was born. No rack, no bags, no nothing. I need to find some way of carrying a bit of luggage. I don't want to fit a top-box (too ugly, and the XT already has one for shopping purposes). I think a rear rack, if discreet, might be useful, although I really don't want to spoil the lines of the bike with too much chrome, as I think it looks pretty good as it is. I've joined a Triumph forum on the web, and it's full of American owners who like nothing better than to spend the weekends fitting 'extras' from NewBonneville or British Customs, so their bikes end up looking like Christmas trees. No thanks.
The solution is going to be a pair of fabric panniers, I think: much cheaper than the rigid type, and easily removed to leave the bike unadorned when they aren't needed. I also think they look better. More of the cowboy's saddlebags and less like someone travelling with three large suitcases strapped to his bike. The only problem is that there is presently no way of keeping the panniers from swinging into the rear wheel. Triumph sell a pair of rails which would seem to fit the bill, but they are well over £50 each, and that's before you have shelled out money on the panniers themselves. There are quite a few pannier sets on eBay, complete with rails, and if I could get one of those for a reasonable price and sell the panniers on (I'm not keen on the look of the Triumph bags) I would do that. But so far, they have all gone for way more than I am happy to pay.
There is a guy in California who has a pair of US rails made by MC Resources, and he has offered them to me. They would be a lot cheaper than the Triumph rails, but of course there's the shipping to factor in, and it may not work out. I have offered to buy them if we can agree a price, and I'm waiting to hear back from him. I already have a pair of panniers, bought second-hand from someone I used to work with, and these may do in a pinch, but they are boxy and very ugly. I've got my eye on a pair of Frank Thomas Cargo Touring bags, but I need to see how much I have to spend on the rails first.
Watch this space.