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Old 09-16-2012, 06:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thunderbird Storm - Dresser bars

Hi Guys,

I've had my Thunderbird Storm for a few weeks now and its great!

I current have the rear dresser bars fitted and am still waiting for the front ones to arrive with the dealer. I decided to get them in the hope that they would offer protection to the bike if I were to drop it accidentally. However, after a few measurements I don't believe that the rears bars would protect my short exhausts fully and I'm also not convinced the front bars would fully protect the tank.

Thus, other than allowing me to have highway pegs up front does anyone believe they are worth having? Also, I'm of the opinion the bike probably looks better without them.

I can't really make my mind up. Any comments or opinions welcome

Mike
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the front bars, but not the rear. I think the front bars help balance the look of the bike from the front....compensate for the huge tank. I also think they balance out the look of the flared exhaust, although if you have the shorts I guess that wouldn't matter for you.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Exclamation Front crash bars-yes they protect the tank

I have front and rear dresser bars and yes they do protect the tank and my long stock pipes if you lay it over, which I think everybody will do with a 2 wheeled anything sooner or later. DAMHIK They saved me ton of money for sure. You can also mount some driving lights on them as well as highway pegs.

Someone told me that the big ugly Triumph name badge on the tank protects it from scratching.

The Thunderbird is like a canvas. Some folks go the touring bagger look and others go with the minimalist single seat sort of chopper like bike. Even on the custom look the dresser bars are a good idea just from practicality of keeping expenses low for a drop.

As for highway pegs-I have given up on them when for the second time a big fat bee got scooped up my pants leg and stung me in the thigh. I know he was aiming higher up. I have floorboards and just learned to keep my feet on them at least a big closer to the rear brake.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have trouble posting photo's here sometimes, but the front dresser bar & hwy pegs enhance the look of the storm. They're not generic ovals, they curve with the frame.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the comments. I think I'll definitely give them ago

'capt_ted' I never thought of the 'Bee' issue!! I think I'll be tucking my trousers into my boots!

I'll post a couple of pics when I get the bars on.
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Here are some pictures of my bars both with and without floorboards, to give you an idea of how they will look on your bike.













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Thanks for posting the pictures
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have front and rear dresser bars and yes they do protect the tank and my long stock pipes if you lay it over, which I think everybody will do with a 2 wheeled anything sooner or later. DAMHIK They saved me ton of money for sure. You can also mount some driving lights on them as well as highway pegs.

Someone told me that the big ugly Triumph name badge on the tank protects it from scratching.

The Thunderbird is like a canvas. Some folks go the touring bagger look and others go with the minimalist single seat sort of chopper like bike. Even on the custom look the dresser bars are a good idea just from practicality of keeping expenses low for a drop.

As for highway pegs-I have given up on them when for the second time a big fat bee got scooped up my pants leg and stung me in the thigh. I know he was aiming higher up. I have floorboards and just learned to keep my feet on them at least a big closer to the rear brake.
If I get the Storm instead of the chromed TB I am already thinking of getting Jet _Hot Coatings to black ceramic coat the headers, buy BC black Hog Slayers, ceramic black coat the front highway bar as well as the rear bar, hell might even get black stealth Kury Acken highway pegs.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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front and rear bars fitted
ok hope they protect the bike but i like to think of my and my wifes legs
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body parts you dont get off the shelf

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have the front bars and am very pleased with them. I had them on my previous Rocket and they were ugly but on the Storm they flow around the engine and the exhausts beautifully; they actually complement the look of the bike. I'm (very) short, so I've fallen sideways softly– on both bikes – several times while standing still/parking it and they really protect everything except the brake and clutch lever.
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