Grand Prix 500
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Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: North Burbs of Chicago
Other Motorcycle: Cannondale CAAD9 Team
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Standard Thunderbird will be a better fit if you are tall. I find the TBS pushes me forward onto the handle bars which gives a sportier feel but personally prefer the more relaxed riding position of the standard Thunderbird. It's all personal preference.
All 2001 Thunderbirds had the 6 speed gearbox, came in during 1999. If the bike has powder coated engine and a bolt on seat it has a 6 speed gearbox.
just a word of warning about the higher mileage on the TBird. I own a 2001 model with 50k on it. Just replaced starter motor and the igniter. Coils I did, not all that long ago. All expensive repairs and more so if you have to take it to a mechanic to have it diagnosed and repaired (which I didn't). I am a bit disappointed with the electrics on the T'Bird. The original Gill equipment gives poor performance and doesn't last. I replaced coils with Nology and used a Carmo igniter. The starter motor is designed to wear out at about 50k as it doesn't have a Bendix.
I suggest you either find out if these repairs have been done and, if not, either talk down the price or get something with less mileage on it.
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