Speaking of that, and I'm certainly not saying the R3 isn't stout, but the Tbird is supposedly over engineered even more that the R3. When it first came out there were stories about how beefy the crank and clutch were. Then a triumph mechanic who'd been to the Tbird classes triumph provides to the mechanics in the dealer network said in a post at another forum that the Tbird crankshaft and clutch are actually beefier than the R3. I'm not making that up. If you want to search the Tbird1600 forum the post is in there somewhere. The tranny is also a new different gear type which is why every review so far mentions how quiet and smooth it shifts.