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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 06-26-2011, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thunderbird owners feedback please

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I'm looking to purchase either a 2010-11 T-Bird BB or Storm or maybe Rocket Roadster. Feedback, advice from owners would would really help me make my decision.

I have ridden standard bikes as well as sport tourers in the past. I do prefer a upright, slightly laid back riding postion.

I'm going to test drive all as well as maybe a Fatboy/Bob just for laughs.

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Do you have any specific questions? I can tell you I love the bike, and that it is is absolutely the best bike I have ever owned, but that doesn't really tell you anything. What is it that you want to know?
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I can offer my opinion on the R3 vs the Bird, tho i rode the regular R3. From what i have read at the R3 forums tho, the roadster dispute the bigger numbers doesn't perform as well as the discontinued regular R3. But in any case, If i had to recommend one or the other to you my answer would be is huge power and speed are of utmost importance to you, get the roadster. If not i'd strongly suggest the bird. Some reasons are subjective, some are not. The Tbird is almost w/o a doubt the best handling cruiser on the planet. There are sportbikes guys who have ridden or bought one and said it's in the same league aside from peg clearance, which isn't a big deal except in very slow speed corners. I've heard bonnie and even thruxton owners say thier new Tbird handles better. I'm here to telly you after 15000 miles, they aren't exaggerating. So handling is a huge plus IMO. There are a lot more reasons, but i'll leave it at that because a lot of it is subjective. Handling isn't, the bird is superior there. Get the R3 if power and speed are more important to you than anything else, otherwise get the Tbird.

I will say one last thing....there is something very special about this bike that you really can't put your finger on. But it's a special machine that just makes you feel like everything is so in balance, and i think everyone here will agree.
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You need to ride the bikes and make the decision yourself. I love my SE, but the Heritage Softail that I sold was much more comfortable on long rides. My chopper was the most fun ride, but anything with a 120 cc motor is fun. Ultimately the choice needs to be yours because we all hold a bias toward what we ride.

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Thanks for the input. Will be test riding within a week or two, already kicked the tires.

Main decision maker will be feel or ergonomics. How about the T-Bird/Rocket classes and/or overall Triumph reliability.

I viewed the Triumph special on HDnet network and was impressed.

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I will say one last thing....there is something very special about this bike that you really can't put your finger on. But it's a special machine that just makes you feel like everything is so in balance, and i think everyone here will agree.
That pretty much sums it up. It's the total package. It isn't like there is any one thing that stands out, but the overall machine is just fantastic.
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When i got my Tbird i expected it to handle corners like a boat but it corners gracefully albeit as dazco said you tend to scrape the pegs sometimes. my Tbird is more torquey than speedy but having said that has more than enough top end to lose your licence and cop a big fine. like the other blokes have said at the end of the day its your choice, but the Tbird is every thing i want / need in a bike. as for reliability so far so good but only time will tell.
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How about the T-Bird/Rocket classes and/or overall Triumph reliability.
Well, this becomes a hot topic if any R3 guys read this, so i hope they don't. many of them refuse to acknowledge that there have been several serious engine issues with them, but there have and it's documented at some of the R3 forums. I'm not sure whether any of them still exist or not but some of them seem to have prevailed thru at least the 1st 3 or 4 years of production. It's one of the things that scared me away from R3 ownership when i was looking into them before the bird came out.

On the Tbird side, it's had a few very minor issues which i believe have all been rectified. In fact, triumph stated they put more R&D time into this bike than any other, and i think the results speak for themselves. Not only has the bike been praised at every turn in every review, but for a new model it's amazing how there really haven't been any bugs to speak of other than a few coolant leak issues that were quickly fixed.

Triumph reliability in general is great. In case you didn't realize it, I believe triumph is the only motorcycle company in the last few years that has continually increased thier production and continued to grow, while others have stagnated or lost ground. Theres a reason for that. They've been designing highly praised and award winning reliable bikes one after another, the Tbird being on of the latest. assuming the R3's issues were all rectified, you can't go wrong with either bike. But as i said, they each have a different purpose.
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I agree with Dazco on his responses and I'll only add is when you test ride them try some low speed parking lot stuff with both. You'll encounter this with any bike you ride. Good luck on YOUR decision, BTW I'd pick the Triumph.
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All good advice above but it all comes down to the test ride.
I was considering the HD options you were as well they not even close to the "bird".

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