who is going to bite the bullet and buy the thunderbird? i looking at the touring model. will be in daytona to take a peek.
It's not EVEN a H-D clone. It's a clone of a Japanese H-D clone. It looks like a Honda from the late 80s or something. It's the new Triumph Virago or Vulcan. I don't get it at all. Then again, I don't remember being given the job of being in charge of what people like. Apparently there are several people on this board who love this thing.Yeah, I don't get it. People who want that style of bike also want a V-twin. Replace the parallell with a V-twin and you'd have a clone of every other V-twin cruiser on the road. Even the America and Speedmaster still retain some distinctive Triumph styling cues, this one throws them all away.
What a pity. Triumph chose to resurrect the greatest name a motorcycle ever had and they put it on this? My 2001 Thunderbird was a great bike, unique, powerful and a hoot to ride.
This thing? Meh. Another tired Harley clone.
One can hope that they might eventually use this engine in a bike that, you know, looks like a British motorcycle, but I'm not holding my breath.
They should have just named this thing the "Thunder-Glide" and been done with it.
Point one:Because a bike has modern cruiser styling doesn't mean it's a Harley "clone". HD doesn't own a monopoly on cruiser styling.
I also don't see why people bash Japanese cruisers. There's nothing wrong with well made, reliable motorcycles, no matter where the company is owned or located.
I agree a larger version Bonneville with the same engine would be a cool bike but I'd like to see both bikes available rather than just one or the other. Who knows? Maybe Triumph will produce something like that in the futureCruisers look like cruisers. I would have preferred a Bonneville, or a Bonneville America,...
?? ??Point one:
You have no monopoly on marrying a woman with name she has -- and you have no monopoly on naming your kids what you named them -- and you have no monopoly on getting the kind of pet you have -- and you have monopoly on dressing the way you do -- and you have no monopoly on painting your house the color you did. But if I moved in next door to you and did all five, you'd still think I was pretty lame.
If I bash Viragos or Vulcans, it's certainly not for their superior engineering. It's because there are precious few things in this world or any other that have ever approached the sheer hideousness of a late 1980's Japanese cruiser. Fine bikes. Hideous bikes, but fine bikes. Entire religions have been built worshipping the absolute perfection of their hideousness. Far off distant planets thousands of millenia in the future will still use the word "Virago" to describe something that is completely poisonous to the eyes.