-----------------------------------------I found pretty much the same thing ... that and they had a lot of reasons / excuses as to why it wasn't possible for me to take a bike out for a test ride.
The Triumph dealer was down to earth. I had done my homework thanks to this forum, and tried to set him up to BS me (Hey, you ever see little coolant leaks with the Tbird? ) but he was honest and patient.
Before I went in, I stopped a couple of riders as they were leaving the garage area with bikes that had obviously been looked at or had maintenance done on them and I asked them about the dealership. Both said they would never go anywhere else, which boosted my confidence even further.
But the big thing was ... he had half a dozen Triumphs gassed up and ready to ride, and he said "Take out whatever you like. And when you're done, then come talk to me."
I loved them all, but the Tbird fit me like I was born for it.
I bought my bike that very day. Never regretted it ... even when I had to take the bike in with a complimentary tiny coolant leak!
Hey Draeger, Don't fret about the coolant leak. From what I read its extremely common. Mine had the same, on the rear of the motor. I'm told by Tom (supposedly the best triumph mechanic in Sydney, and the fact he knew immediately what is was) that the Triumph (storm in my case) is built with a Silicone lubricating sealant that is placed on the gasket. When new or the engine gets hot enough it "weeps" slightly allowing a small leak. Get back to the service centre and they'll nip it up.... no more leak