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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-24-2013, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Just joined the forum a few minutes ago. Over my considerable years I have "matured" into my current riding style. I still do quite a bit of conservative dual sport riding. Mostly dirt and gravel roads and some fire trails. I don't do much creek jumping but I do a lot of crossings.
Anyway I am here because I am looking for a cruiser type bike. My back and hips won't take the sport position anymore. I have looked and rode many bikes and have my thoughts down to two one of which is the Thunderbird Storm. I have not ridden the Storm as of yet. I though maybe you guys could fill me in on real world exp with the bike or suggest another that would work for me.
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Just joined the forum a few minutes ago. Over my considerable years I have "matured" into my current riding style. I still do quite a bit of conservative dual sport riding. Mostly dirt and gravel roads and some fire trails. I don't do much creek jumping but I do a lot of crossings.
Anyway I am here because I am looking for a cruiser type bike. My back and hips won't take the sport position anymore. I have looked and rode many bikes and have my thoughts down to two one of which is the Thunderbird Storm. I have not ridden the Storm as of yet. I though maybe you guys could fill me in on real world exp with the bike or suggest another that would work for me.
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Hey thumbs, welcome. Are you sure you want to jump 300 pounds? You can get an America or Speedmaster with the same riding position for a weight a little closer to what you're used to.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-24-2013, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yea your right there. And a whole lot less money. Here is the problem. I also have a BMW K75S which I love. I am still using it for long trips. I put risers on it and use a Air Hawk seat which helps a lot but it really isn't comfortable. But again the bike is a lot lighter than the Storm.

I am looking for a bike I can ride 8 hours a day or so. Maybe 400 miles a day. No I'm not Joe four corners but we do take several 4 day trips a several times a year. I want a bike that will be comfortable, not ready for a Goldwing yet. LOL The bike also has to corner. Many of our rides are in West Virginia where there isn't a quarter mile of straight road in the state. Well you get the point. I rode and ruled out several bikes for that reason. Never had a "big bike" so I don't know. I did ride a bike that was about 705 lbs and it was fine and I had no problem with it. In fact it cornered great and had plenty of power. Now of course this was a test ride and not loaded with what you need for a trip. I do travel light though. I was at Daytona and had the opportunity to ride it several times. Unfortunately I stumbled across the idea of a Triumph to late to ride one there. In fact not sure Triumph was there at all.

I am assuming the Storm handles and corners well just because it's a Triumph. The other questions would be in reliability. Now remember I remember the old British bikes with the electrical problems. I am hoping that is a thing of the past also. I don't want to be in the middle of no where and have problems.

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Yea your right there. And a whole lot less money. Here is the problem. I also have a BMW K75S which I love. I am still using it for long trips. I put risers on it and use a Air Hawk seat which helps a lot but it really isn't comfortable. But again the bike is a lot lighter than the Storm.

I am looking for a bike I can ride 8 hours a day or so. Maybe 400 miles a day. No I'm not Joe four corners but we do take several 4 day trips a several times a year. I want a bike that will be comfortable, not ready for a Goldwing yet. LOL The bike also has to corner. Many of our rides are in West Virginia where there isn't a quarter mile of straight road in the state. Well you get the point. I rode and ruled out several bikes for that reason. Never had a "big bike" so I don't know. I did ride a bike that was about 705 lbs and it was fine and I had no problem with it. In fact it cornered great and had plenty of power. Now of course this was a test ride and not loaded with what you need for a trip. I do travel light though. I was at Daytona and had the opportunity to ride it several times. Unfortunately I stumbled across the idea of a Triumph to late to ride one there. In fact not sure Triumph was there at all.

I am assuming the Storm handles and corners well just because it's a Triumph. The other questions would be in reliability. Now remember I remember the old British bikes with the electrical problems. I am hoping that is a thing of the past also. I don't want to be in the middle of no where and have problems.
The smaller cruisers still have forward controls and similar seating position. You can get an aftermarket seat that would be pretty cushy. The storm would sit a bit higher and be a bit wider but of course would feel more planted out on the open road. I get blown around a bit on my speedmaster and the extra 150 lbs on the storm should help. The lighter cruiser would be better for slow speed stuff, but all the T-bird owners here say it handles great. Probably can't go wrong with either. Since you're keeping your luggage light the 900 cc's would do ya. The storm of course would guarantee power with any load and nice highway stability. I guess it comes down to how much stuff you'll be carrying and the amount you wish to spend.

I have a F 700 GS and the speedmaster is noticably more comfortable on long highway trips. Neither will handle like your BMW of course, but will handle twists and turns, albeit with less flickability.
The guys on the t-bird forum will give you their feedback on the handling. The storm is an awesome bike forsure..
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-24-2013, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks I did post there. I am hoping the big twin is smooth. I don't think a sewing machine is as smooth at the k75 but I really don't want a bunch of vibration. I can handle it as idle and slow speed but I really don't want it at cruising speed. I was hoping the six speed and the belt drive would really help with that. And to tell ya the truth I just want a bigger more powerful bike. Like you said the extra weight should help with the wind and road conditions. But if there are any inherent problems with the Storm that are not easily corrected that's another story.
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Thanks I did post there. I am hoping the big twin is smooth. I don't think a sewing machine is as smooth at the k75 but I really don't want a bunch of vibration. I can handle it as idle and slow speed but I really don't want it at cruising speed. I was hoping the six speed and the belt drive would really help with that. And to tell ya the truth I just want a bigger more powerful bike. Like you said the extra weight should help with the wind and road conditions. But if there are any inherent problems with the Storm that are not easily corrected that's another story.
No, don't worry about vibration thumbs. These guys are smooth. My Bmer gets buzzy and these bad boys dont even do that. We're talkin sit back and read a newspaper calm. Of course look at the road while you're reading
In truth I've contemplated the storm quite a bit. It would be a nice contrast with the lighter sportier bike.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-24-2013, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah gotta get out and ride one. Gonna snow tonight so tomorrow is out for sure maybe Tuesday too depending on the track.
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