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Old 12-04-2012, 08:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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T-Bird difference between years.

I currently own a 03' Speedy and am looking to move up to a Thunderbird. Besides the addition of ABS is there any difference between 10' - 13'?

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I currently own a 03' Speedy and am looking to move up to a Thunderbird. Besides the addition of ABS is there any difference between 10' - 13'?
I moved to a Tbird this year too. My last bike was a speed master also. You'll love the tbird. As far as I know.. there are no real differences between '10-'12. I had a choice of a leftover '10 black tbird with the big bore kit installed for $13.500.. OR a '12 without the BB kit.. but in my choice of color and $1200 in added accessories for $13,000 (out the door). I went for the '12 in blue/white. Love this bike.

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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There were some minor mechanical issues that were addressed over the years. Apples to apples, you'd probably be better off going with a '12 or '13 over a '10.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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There were some minor mechanical issues that were addressed over the years. Apples to apples, you'd probably be better off going with a '12 or '13 over a '10.
I concur with RC65. My 2012 Storm has ABS standard.


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Old 12-04-2012, 11:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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ABS has always been available. As for differences, there are a few minors issues but the only one i can think of offhand that they have actually changed to a improved part is the adjusters on the rear wheel, but more importantly the rear hub and bearings are different. the hub was changed to accommodate beefier bearings. This part can be retrofitted but it's around $300. Triumph has subsidized the cost down to $60 for owners of bikes with the original hub, at least for some. Others have had no luck asking for that deal. The decompression weights were also beefed up on later models. So if it were me i'd certainly opt for at least a 2012 model. I don't think either of those things is a issue for most older bikes, but they thought enough so that they should change them. Mine has the beefier decomp weights because the BB kit came with cams that had them. My hub is the older one but they seem to be ok for those like me who ride only in dry weather and live in an area where i don't have dirt roads and other bad conditions that might cause the bearings to become contaminated.
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Thanks for the replys. I believe I will look for a 2012 or newer.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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ABS has always been available. As for differences, there are a few minors issues but the only one i can think of offhand that they have actually changed to a improved part is the adjusters on the rear wheel, but more importantly the rear hub and bearings are different. the hub was changed to accommodate beefier bearings. This part can be retrofitted but it's around $300. Triumph has subsidized the cost down to $60 for owners of bikes with the original hub, at least for some. Others have had no luck asking for that deal. The decompression weights were also beefed up on later models. So if it were me i'd certainly opt for at least a 2012 model. I don't think either of those things is a issue for most older bikes, but they thought enough so that they should change them. Mine has the beefier decomp weights because the BB kit came with cams that had them. My hub is the older one but they seem to be ok for those like me who ride only in dry weather and live in an area where i don't have dirt roads and other bad conditions that might cause the bearings to become contaminated.
I've got my local dealer looking into a warranty claim on the bearing/hub issue. We are currently waiting on a reply from Triumph. I'm hoping they are willing to at least partially subsidize the replacement.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I've got my local dealer looking into a warranty claim on the bearing/hub issue. We are currently waiting on a reply from Triumph. I'm hoping they are willing to at least partially subsidize the replacement.
If it works out, could you please post all the details including part #'s and anything needed to get this done? I asked at one point and was told they could find nothing. If i have the details i can call triumph USA and ask them to set it up for me thru my dealer.
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If it works out, could you please post all the details including part #'s and anything needed to get this done? I asked at one point and was told they could find nothing. If i have the details i can call triumph USA and ask them to set it up for me thru my dealer.
So far all Triumph has has done is confirm that there was indeed a part change. This is per my service guy. He told he was submitting a claim, and would let me know the result of that. So far I'm still waiting. I told him up front if Triumph doesn't want to pay for the whole thing to see if he can work something out with them. Basically I don't feel safe knowing the bearing can fail, and I told him to tell Triumph that. If I have to pay something in I will. I'll keep you posted as to the final result. Hopefully we will know soon.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Does the bearing fail catastrophicly?
Or does it give you plenty of warning?
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