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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-23-2011, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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I read your thread in the R3 forum.

I'm glad you found the bike you liked.
Thanks, this forum was very helpful in pointing me in the right path.
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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-23-2011, 03:51 AM
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I am pretty flexible, so my legs really splay open, it looks stupid! I found I could rest my heels on the pegs, or put them back on the passengers pegs, so that is ok I guess.
Don't worry about how you look. It may seem odd that your legs are splayed out as you say, but I'm sure you look just fine on the bike. Don't put your heals on the pegs. Slide your boot forward on the pegs until the front side of your heals butts up against the pegs. Your heals should hang off the back of the pegs.
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post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-25-2011, 01:55 PM
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Dtbird, what did your bike msrp at? They will only do $1100 off the storm and 15% off accessories.. Is that any good? It sounds like you got more like $2000 off?!

I went and rode it today.. It's great! I think the price over the 1600 is worth it for the hp and I love the headlights. I still had mega crotch muscle pain, but. I can mitigate it by putting my heels up or feet on the back pegs.

I guess it's deal time..! Let me know what a fair price off the bike is.. With 2012's coming they should be dropping, but that won't be till october or so.
My Thunderbird had an MSRP at $13,799. I was able to get them to take off $1449 but I still had to pay the dealer fees and documentation fees which brought the price to $13,500 and then they included the Longhaul package which was listed at $1360. So overall I saved about $2,800. I forgot when I put this in last time that I did pay the tax on the $13,500.
Now is the time to probably to get some of the best deals on a 2011 since the 2012's are going to coming out this fall. I hope your dealer is willing to work with you.
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So far they're nor really willing to take off anything but the $500 shipping charge..

I may start to look for used or just wait till mid winter.
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I got the floorboards, it allows you to bring your feet farther back, they also seem to give a little more cornering clearance. No leg pain, comfortable to ride for long periods with no issues.
Yep, what he said!
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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-13-2011, 12:11 PM
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A little late joining this conversation. I too am looking to buy a t-bird at the optimal time to get the best price. Though I've not decided between the standard bike and the Storm I am sold on the 1700, which right now means a Storm or BB kit installation. By waiting until next spring to buy I'm wondering if the 2012 models will all come standard with the 1700 engine. If so, waiting for the 2012 model is both good and bad for me. That is, I would get the bike I want with the 1700 standard but likely at a higher price. Any thoughts on my thinking or lack thereof.
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post #17 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-13-2011, 12:23 PM
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A little late joining this conversation. I too am looking to buy a t-bird at the optimal time to get the best price. Though I've not decided between the standard bike and the Storm I am sold on the 1700, which right now means a Storm or BB kit installation. By waiting until next spring to buy I'm wondering if the 2012 models will all come standard with the 1700 engine. If so, waiting for the 2012 model is both good and bad for me. That is, I would get the bike I want with the 1700 standard but likely at a higher price. Any thoughts on my thinking or lack thereof.
I believe the 2012 Storms will come Standard with ABS, which will notch the price up a bit.
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Ergonomics without knowing your measures?

How can you all write about ergonomics without relating to height and inseam? A 5'3" person needs a completely different bike than that for a 6'5". Which one are you?
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Does anyone know if you can put the Givis or any of the other hard bags on the Thunderbird. I am considering one but I would want hard bags and a trunk on it. I'd like a fairing but I don't think that is going to happen.

I'm 73 y/o and have reached the point where the big touring bikes are hard for me to handle. I really don't like riding the trike but I can handle the cruisers because of the low seat on them. I'm considering the Kawasaki Voyager and the Road Star by Yahama along with the Thunderbird. All things being equal I'd pick the Triumph because of its handeling traits. I don't think you get much bang for the buck with a Harley but I'm open minded even on that.
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You can put any saddle bag on it using the EZ Brackets, allowing them to come on and off in seconds with a key. They are great and what most of the guys here use.

http://www.easybrackets.com/

I think our forum buddy fasteddy carries them too.
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