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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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TBS early vs late model

In my quest for a Thunderbird 900 Iíve came across two Sport models with similar mileage and both in good condition.
One is Yellow/black 98 model with front gaiters, napoleon mirrors and center stand, the other is a 2004 Black/yellow with no extras.
Apart from the exhaust lay out and paint is there any other difference between the two models?

I like better the paint scheeme of the early one, it is also some 15% cheaper than the 2004. Which one would you recommend me to buy and why. Please advise ASAP

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Iíd go with the later model just logically since if there were any kinks and I can remember at least one (stator I think) they would have been ironed out.

I also prefer a muffler on either side for the look unless itís a 3:1


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Personally, I'd buy the one that looked like it was in better shape, but I've always been more worried about function than I am form.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 05:31 PM
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If the center stand is important to you....

Triumph never made a center stand for the later models. The exhaust crossover pipe is in the way.
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Iíd go with the 2004. Unless a 2003 orange were available, because theyíre the fastest.

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The 2004 is a rare bird:

2004 Production Run - 925 (of those, 161 were brought to the U.S.A.)

OTOH, I always wished mine had a center stand...

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Center stand alone is worth around 180$ and it helps alot in servicing. Older version with exhaust on one side is harder to find and their value is growing faster. Yellow with black tank sides should have additional solo seat in standard (value around 250$).
I’m choosing red and black option like mine 🙂 (everyone knows that red one are the fastest one 😉 )
One thing that you should check during the comparison is cylinders compression. Both of them can have damaged cylinders surfaces because of standing for long time without riding.
They got different types of ecu, different types of a gauges (different manufacturer)( I don’t know which one is better).
Once I had a black motorcycle and after that I’ve promised to myself - never again 🙂 It is very hard to keep it clean and shiny.
Tbs’s after year 2000 have different type of subframes and they are more comfortable for passenger (lower passenger footpegs) and it’s easier to attach panniers on them.
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i prefer the early model alloy rims compared to the chrome ones on later model , harder to keep clean but polished alloy looks classier than chrome i think,
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i prefer the early model alloy rims compared to the chrome ones on later model , harder to keep clean but polished alloy looks classier than chrome i think,
True 😄
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