Main Motorcycle: Triumph Thunderbird ABS
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Pittsford, NY USA
Paint Really Is A Problem
I love my 'Bird and can't say enough about the reliability, the handling, the looks ... you name it and it's clear I've got a love affair going with this motorcycle!
However, I do have only one complaint. It has nothing to do with performance but everything to do with looks and maintenance. It's the paint. I'm just venting here, but I am putting away my bike for the winter and can't tell you how much damn time I've spent rubbing out the minor scratches on the tank. Now, I know a little scratching may be considered normal, but I've been doing this all summer and it is a pain in the ass. It seems like if you look at this thing sideways, a fine scratch pops up!
I'm so dis-enchanted with this that I'm thinking of pulling all the skins and having the bike custom painted somewhere where they don't use some water based paint that takes three centuries to properly dry! Problem is that I like the look of this paint job ... I just don't like the performance. You'd think that with all of the money Triumph has spent to design this beautiful machine coupled with the cost of it, they could come up with something better than this! Another prime example of "environmental awareness".
Anyway, enough whining. I'm sure that I'll calm down after I'm done rubbing out, glazing and waxing the tank yet again and I'm already looking forward to my first ride in the spring!
"The wire is life ... everything else is just waiting ..." - Karl Walenda
"My Triumph is living ... everything else is just boring ..." - BigGuy82