Join Date: May 2012
Location: Eagle River, Alaska USA
Go For It!
I just got my Thunderbird and like you, I was a little intimidated by the sheer size, weight, and horsepower (I got the 1700). Although I have been riding for a while, the largest bike I ever rode was a Suzuki M50 (800 cc's and about 550 pounds). All my fears were put to rest the first time I rode the Thunderbird though. It is truly a very manageable bike and really does ride a lot smaller than it is. I honestly find the handling to be as nimble as my M50 was, if not better. The extra power is nothing to be afraid of either as it is also very manageable. It's there when you want or need it, but never uncontrollable. I rode a 2012 HD Fatboy Lo 2 days before I rode the Triumph and I was amazed at how much easier the Triumph was to ride. The best advice I can give is to set your intimidation aside and take one for a test ride. You won't regret it!