Thanks Lantesh for your reply.
Knowing that the TBird was designed as a street bike, how does it handle on the back road twisties? I have been considering the 955i Tiger, R1150GS and 650 V-Strom, but as I mentioned I like the looks of the TBird, My first Triumph was a 68 TR6C. :-) My other concerns are do I need ABS and the lack of dealer network in Michigan. The nearest dealer to me now is 1-1/4 hour drive, Triumph Detroit, Good people but a long way for parts & service.
The Thunderbird will handle twisty roads just fine. If you've ever locked up the brakes on a bike and slid then you will appreciate the ABS on the Thunderbird. Lack of a local dealer is not the end of the world if you can find a good independent shop, but may cause issues regarding getting a recall handled.