Main Motorcycle: Triumph Thunderbird
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Dallas, TX
Extra Motorcycle: Any old Norton Commando
I bought my black, chromed-out Thunderbird 1600 last August, and have been loving it, but I just can't shake the strangeness of the floorboards and heel/ toe shifter that were pre-installed on my floor model bike. They threw in the boards, wide handlebars, and other mods for "free," since they were already on the bike, so I think my bargain hunter mode at the time overpowered my inexperience with the whole floorboard thang.
Now, full disclosure, this is my first (and last?) cruiser, so the concept of sitting back with more forward controls was foreign to me from the get-go, and the floorboards and shifter make me feel more like a passenger than a rider. I've tried to love them, but I feel like I'm riding a boat, and afraid to scrape in turns to boot.
My question: should I switch back to stock pegs (or upgrades) over the floorboards and essentially "throw away" those add-ons? I'm sure labor and such will put me in the hole, but perhaps I can make a trade with the dealer for the little used floorboards in exchange for the switch. Also, I think I like the wide handlebars (beach bars), but I'm definitely not a fan of their look.
Any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas?
Thank you Mucho