Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums banner

1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
After lusting for a Thunderbird for the last couple of years, I
am now the proud owner of the 1997 T-bird that was listed
in the classifieds by HeyMan. Thanks to this site for helping
me get this great machine.

I couldn't be more pleased with the bike. A good combination
of comfort, power and handling, not to mention it is an
absolutely beautiful motorcycle. I am looking forward to a
long happy relationship with this bike.

I would also like to add that I am very happy with the deal
I got. It is nice to buy a bike from someone who is honest
and straightforward. Really helps to instill confidence in your
new ride. Thanks Dan!

I will try to get some pictures of the new owner and bike
posted soon.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
762 Posts
Welcome aboard and great choice on your bike. I'm kinda fond of them myself. :upthumb:
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,512 Posts
Hey ducstr,
Welcome to the group and congrats on FINALLY getting a real motorcycle. You'll soon forget all about that fancy ST4s and those $600.00 valve adjustments!

You need to update your preferences to show that you now ride the Tbird.

So when you selling the Beemer? I hear they make great boat anchors!

dc
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
On 2006-12-11 17:04, daytonacharlie wrote:
Hey ducstr,
Welcome to the group and congrats on FINALLY getting a real motorcycle. You'll soon forget all about that fancy ST4s and those $600.00 valve adjustments!

You need to update your preferences to show that you now ride the Tbird.

So when you selling the Beemer? I hear they make great boat anchors!

dc

I think YOU should buy the beemer to tow along behind
your daytona. It might be a good back-up on our next road
trip. It is getting up there in the miles you know. :razz: . I will update my bio now to reflect the latest addition,
though it will be listed under my Eye-talian mistress. :wink:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Welcome, and congratulations on your new ride.

I ride a 2002 Thunderbird, and I have told many people that, if any bike in the world could get me into trouble, it is "Smiley", named because of the silly grins that appear on the faces of anyone taking it out for a spin.

Thunderbirds come with a hidden button that, when you bump it, turns you into an instant hooligan....so beware....

Again, welcome, and enjoy that new ride....hurry with the photos..

Bob
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
125 Posts
Way to go and welcome to the forum! :bday:

I just wish Triumph had enough sense to have kept making these great bikes.

There seems to be more loyalty and satisfaction with the triples than with the twins. A personal observation, only.

Anyway, this site has really great techies to help solve any problem or mod in your future.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,512 Posts
On 2006-12-11 20:06, ducstr wrote:
I think YOU should buy the beemer to tow along behind
your daytona. It might be a good back-up on our next road
trip. It is getting up there in the miles you know. :razz: .
I can't afford your Beemer because of all the repairs I'd have to make to it for it to be a worthy back-up bike :-D
I think there's a few more miles left in my tona yet.
Where and when are we going on our next tour?

dc
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
I can't afford your Beemer because of all the repairs I'd have to make to it for it to be a worthy back-up bike :-D
I think there's a few more miles left in my tona yet.
Where and when are we going on our next tour?

dc

[/quote]


Those repairs are all just part of the "character" of a fine
German machine. :-D Sort of like the superior engineering
that went in to the design of BMW turn signal switches. :hammer:

With regards to the next trip, I'D say Florida might be the
only option for the next couple of months. Parts north might
freeze the Mcnuggets. :-D

[ This message was edited by: ducstr on 2006-12-13 19:45 ]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
On 2006-12-13 11:26, HeyMan wrote:
Hey ductsr! Hope you're gonna get some good riding in during this 70 deg weather.
I sent you a PM by the way.

I plan to ride it to work tommorow! I read your PM , but apparently I can't reply cause I don't have enough
posts yet.
:(

I think I am going to enjoy riding the T-bird. Just got back
from a short spin a few minutes ago. This thing is a BLAST.
The exhaust note from those "closed course, competiton
only" mufflers is TOO COOL.

:cool:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
Thanks for all the welcomes. After only a few days of ownership, I can understand the enthusiasm for these bikes.
The T-bird, Legend and Adventurer are great examples of the
era of "do it all" bikes.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
50 Posts
Shyguy344 is right about the hooligan button!

I am a mild-mannered 58 year old who picked up one of these bikes a few years ago after being away from motorcycles for over 30 years. I was out riding with some RAT buddies a couple of weeks ago and found myself at at traffic light on a nice 4 lane beside a Thruxton. The hooligan must have been deep in me somewhere and it just had to come out. Well, if you don't tell anyone you are racing, then it is rather easy to get the jump on them---but I knew the Thruxton would be in fast pursuit. I wound out that 99 T-bird and it was a blast. I had 2 gears left but was going way too fast and the 'hooligan reset' kicked in. If anyone knows how to disable that hooligan button---please let me know. I could get myself into trouble next time.

Sage

[ This message was edited by: Sage on 2006-12-14 06:55 ]
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top