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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-08-2011, 06:07 AM
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See if you can find one with the dual Long Haul seat look at and hopefully try out. We haven't taken any long trips yet, but my wife says there is plenty of room and she is comfortable on it - not as cushy as my BMW K1200LT was and she misses the arm rests, but still comfortable and actually more room between us. The Long Haul changes the look and functionality of the bike.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-09-2011, 01:47 AM
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I LOVE the way my T-bird's rear end looks. I traded my Harley in and bought it and haven't looked back since. I put almost as many miles in the last year on the Bird as I had on the Harley in 4 years. I rode several Harleys, all 3-7 THOUSAND dollars more than what I paid for my Bird, and NONE of them had the power, ride, or handling that I have now.

I thought I missed the Harley for a few, then I got to ride it again when I had some work done on the Bird. Then I got my triumph back... No remorse ... NONE.

If the LOOK of what you ride means more to you, then stick with what you like, after all, it's part of why you like the bike in the first place. There is no PERFECT machine, so you have to balance the pros and cons of which aspects are important to YOU.

Good luck with your decision!
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 01:58 AM
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You ride the TB long enough and everything just grows on one. Not much I would change other than the front fender bolt location and the kickstand location.
The headlight looked small at first, now the America light seems huge. The badge seemed small now it looks just right, and it is metal not plastic.
Went on the Autism Ride out of Laidlaw HD in the LA area, pulled in and one of the salesman working traffic control asked how I liked it right away. Duh, hard to answer. I had the only Triumph that day.

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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 08:11 PM
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You ride the TB long enough and everything just grows on one. Not much I would change other than the front fender bolt location and the kickstand location.
The headlight looked small at first, now the America light seems huge. The badge seemed small now it looks just right, and it is metal not plastic.
actually it grew on me when I first saw the bike

only thing I would change and that is the speedo, I would prefer it not on the tank....on the handlebars may mar the lines of the bike but when wearing a fullface at a high speed ( above 100'ks especially into a head wind ) it is not easy to just glance down to check your speed

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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 11:37 PM
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For me the Heritage Classic was the starting point. The Deluxe, Fat Boy and the Road King Classic all had my attention. I think that it's the gangster white walls that I like so much. I too longed for more generous fenders but keeping $3000-$4000 of my hard earned dollars that my SE saved me over the Heritage Classic for a mechanically superior machine helped me get over that hurdle.

Many have upgraded their 'Bird's performance, but I have yet to see the need. As for power, she delivers everything that I've asked of her so far and has plenty left as far as I can tell.

The last thing I want to do is tell anyone how they should spend their money. For me Triumph gives much more bang for the buck than Harley does.

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