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vito 11-07-2013 10:29 AM

That was my thinking for awhile; I didn't really consider anything other than the Goldwing. But after reading so much positive about Victory, and especially the Cross Country Tour model, it started to grow on me. My first step is to go and just sit on each of these two bikes, then try to get demo rides (probably not before Spring 2014). If I still can't decide, then price might be the deciding factor or how I feel about the different dealerships (both brands require travel for me). If I possibly can I will hold onto the America, a bike I truly enjoy riding. And I have done a fair amount to personalize the bike, including Progressive 412's, long TORS, two separate Powerlets, Clearview windscreen, floorboards, upgraded horn, airbox removal kit, Kaoka throttle lock, and AirhawkII seat cushion.

joey1970 11-07-2013 01:06 PM

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Not considering a Tbird? I went from a Speedmaster to a Tbird. Tbird is still great around town.. and very competent for long distance too. I did several long trips this summer - including a 1200 mile trip (2 up). It was stellar. The only thing I wish I had.. was the 1700 vs 1600 motor. And the new 2014 bikes are coming standard with the 1700. I might have to trade.

Here's a link to some pics of my bike dressed for touring:

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vito 11-07-2013 01:32 PM

I love the T-bird, but if I am going for touring I want a full fairing, hard luggage and enough storage for two to go off for a two week trip. The T-bird makes a great bagger, and I guess I could look into fitting up a new T-bird with hard bags, a rear box, better passenger seat, etc. and then compare it with the other bikes I am looking at. I have ridden the T-bird and I must admit it is a really nice ride.

joey1970 11-07-2013 03:09 PM

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Vito.. I only suggested the bird as a "compromise" should you have to get rid of the America. You'd still have a fairly agile cruiser thats capable of touring too.

I wouldn't let the "top case" thing be an integral part of your decision. There are plenty of really great luggage options. I have a set of 3 luggage bags that stack and lock together and easily attach to the luggage rack on my tbird. They were relatively inexpensive.. and we had plenty of room for a week long trip for two.

As for hard bags.. I've seen the Victory bags. They are huge in comparison to many other bikes. I'm just not a fan of the "looks" of the Vics. Have you looked into the Rocket touring model? They have hard bags. And that bike is a beast.

I'm sure the Goldwing will make a great touring bike tho. That thing looks comfy. The Victory.. even tho I don't particularly like the way they look.. make a great touring bike too. There's soooo many options. It makes things difficult for us! lol

Good luck with your decision..

vzshadow 11-07-2013 05:43 PM

vito and goingtobenew,
Triumph has a spectacular touring bike for two up touring. It's called the Trophy SE. I can ride for hours and hours with almost no fatigue. The large fairing and adjustable windscreen virtually eliminate noise and buffeting. It has plenty of power, easily handles two up, has fantastic carrying capacity with it's two panniers and a top box. It's a blast to ride because of the power and the fact that it handles almost like a sport bike. My wife finds it extremely comfortable. I think you guys should take a serious look!

And in keeping with this thread the new version of the America looks great!

vito 11-07-2013 06:41 PM

I appreciate all of the useful comments. I probably will change my mind a hundred times before I write a check. As to the Trophy, I agree it is a great bike. The seating position, however, is too sport-bit like for my prosthetic knees and old legs! That's what got me to the America in the first place!

Tin Man 2 11-07-2013 06:50 PM

I believe Triumph is about to bring a Full Dress Thunderbird to market. Talk to your local dealer and see if they will give you the inside scoop. Threaten them with going to a Road King if they won't talk about the new models coming up. I have seen spy shots of a dressed T-Bird on the net, (hard bags, big wind screen)pretty much a Triumph Road King, A Gold Wing is so wide its almost not a Motorcycle, I would go with a dressed 2300 Trump before a Wing if you can,t bring yourself to buy a Harley.

goingtobenew 11-07-2013 07:05 PM

If the time came and I had to settle for just one bike I'd likely do a thunderbird up , if add on's are available for it .It would take more than just a some saddle bags and a basic wind screen though for a two up long haul bike ,imo . I think triumph is missing that market my self ? Harley ultraglide and goldwings are a hot seller , Now go ahead folks and freak out about how triumph is not trying to be harley etc :) Just saying it wouldn't hurt to offer the accessorizes to do a thunderbird up ,imo

It must be for 2015 tin man , as the 2014 just appears to be not much more than , bags, windscreen and spoked wheels and whitewalls , all of which I like , just not fully done up yet .

brgsprint 11-07-2013 07:21 PM

Umm...Rocket Touring?

goingtobenew 11-07-2013 07:26 PM

Awesome powerplant , but do they come decked out with a nice comfy seat for the better half like the wing and ultraglide , fairing , cd player and storage etc ? Not knocking , awesome bike but still think triumph is missing a sector of the market a little bit . Others will disagree , but why just go half ways there ?

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