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Old 12-07-2012, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Triumph Thunderbird Custom

I received this post from the Triumph Motorcycle page on facebook, I thought I would share with you all. Its a South Bay Customs Thunderbird from the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, CA.
I think she looks awesome (the bikes fellas... The girl is an entirely different subject altogether!!) not sure about the headlight, but love the colour scheme.
Ps: ok, it goes without saying the girl is freaken gorgeous.


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Old 12-07-2012, 10:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Had u not said anything.. I wouldn't have even noticed the bike! Wozzer..


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Old 12-07-2012, 11:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The bike is fugly. The model is ok, but nothing spectacular. Granted she's better than anything I could get, but not drool worthy.
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The bike is fugly. The model is ok, but nothing spectacular. Granted she's better than anything I could get, but not drool worthy.
I look at the bike as something people can do to customize their T/Birds even further than just the 100 or so original Triumph accessories that are out there for the Storm. Don't get me wrong, I love the Storm how it is now. But in a couple of years or more... it may give me some inspiration to do something different with my bike.
As for the girl, I reckon she's hot and could model me or my bike anytime!!


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Old 12-08-2012, 10:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh don't get me wrong. She can come over my place anytime as well. ;-)
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thats the dealer i bought mine from. I've seen that bike a couple times and talked to Matt, south bay's owner about it. They built it to run at bonneville this year but it was a miserable failure for a couple reasons. One being that they did NOT know about that the bike's mapping has a speed limit ! They mapped it using a stock map but with altered timings made for them by the company itself. Then they used PC to piggyback the map for fueling. It has hot cams and all that. Anyways, he said something about having issues at speed on the dyno but for some reason which i forgot he said they discounted it and went to bonneville with it. When they ran the bike cut out long before the achieved speed because of the speed limiter. I can't recall what he told me exactly, but i think they did something that caused the bike to think it's in 6th no matter the gear, so the speed limited kick in with lower gears and it just flattened out. They had no idea it had the limiter in the 1st place, and tho i didn't think to ask him at the time, i can't understand why triumph didn't tell him about it when h had them make that map with custom timings for him. Secondly, they didn't have the correct fuel they needed at the salt flats and they ran it with improper fuel, probably out of frustration, and it melted a piston.

Anyways, that was BASICALLY what he told me, but I can't recall everything or exactly what he said so it's just a basic idea of what the conversation was. Si some details may be off but thats generally what happened.In any case i told him about tuneECU which i was shocked to find he had never heard of, and he was really exited when i told him you could do timing in it AND raise the speed and RPM limiters as high as they could ever need be. I wonder whether they tried it, but this was a few months back. The bike has a chain drive by the way. Oh, and they are developing cams that will be available in a few models depending on how hot you wanna go. And they will come with maps for them, tho don't ask me what the deal is with that. They told me no purchase of tuneboy or anything like that will be necassary. So not sure how thats going to happen. But they do work with Mickey Cohen whos the triumph fleet mechanic, and he will likely do the tuning. So maybe he has the ability to tune then convert to a standard triumph tool format. I dunno. But they should be available soon if not already.

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....I've got to be getting too old----the model appears to be about 13 maybe 14 years old , can you say "pedophile" .....my grandaughter looks just like her. South Bay Triumph and the rendition of the T-Bird brings to mind only one word..."garish" ! Triumph created a lean, clean blacked out offering that has done very well with sales in the market place.
....Look what has been done to it-----kinda looks like a bike that is ridden in a circus by a cub bear during the clown routine.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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So without remembering everything about the "top speed" thread on here, if you adjust the top speed in TuneECU, does it help with the actual top speed? That being said, I'm maxed out my storm at 120mp plus (knowing the speedo is off a little bit)
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Yeah, it's a speed limiter and it's set at 185 KM, which is around 120MPH. Some say they've gone past that so i dunno. I just know south bay had a problem because of it. I raised mine in my current map just in case i decide one day on a open freeway with no cars to see how fast it will go. probably won't, but i want to be able to should i get a wild hair.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:36 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Yes, it resets the top speed and the rev limiter if you're into possibly damaging the engine. You can also fix the speedometer, which reads about 6% low on the Rocket.


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