In the flesh the new Tbird was very impressive. I'm not a fan of cruisers and as I own a 95 Tbird,which I'm very attached to,I had expected not to like the new model. However I have changed my mind. The proportions of the bike are 'just right' and so it looks 'like a real bike' rather than a clone. The ony off putting part for me is the forward footpeg position and I'm sure this can be addressed. I've been trying to decide what to replace my 955 Tiger with for touring,and wanting to stay with Triumph. The 1050 Tiger is a great bike but I'm not convinced about the luggage. The leather panniers on the new Tbird looked capacious. Anyway the important bits talking to the Triumph employee are that the bike will make 85bhp and 100N torque and there will be an official factory big bore engine option available. As I said I'm no cruiser fan and in fact my fave Hinckley is the Speed Triple,but the new Tbird looks good and a test ride is definitely on the cards. Pity it's not a triple but I can understand the marketing advantages,and in the flesh the engine is handsome and the radiator unobtrusive. So if the bike goes well then Triumph will have hit the spot again.