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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-06-2011, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hey gents.. :-)

Been a long time..very long time. I was on the forum a while ago. I owned a sprint, and was considering T-Bird when they first came out.


I sold the sprint a year and a half ago, and bought a heritage softail. Loved the bike, but wanted ABS. Sold it last month, bought a 2009 Road king from HD dealer, and had it shipped to me. When it arrived, guess what,...it didnt have ABS.

The dealer is picking it up monday and returning my money.

So, after visiting with HD dealers, and re-experiencing their attitudes of acting as if they are doing me a favor by showing me a bike, i thought i would take another look at the t-bird.

I went back to my local Triumph dealer (great folks, and they remembered me) i saw a 2010 new t-bird, silver and black, ABS.

He made me a decent offer, and im trying to make a decision. After riding the heritage and RK, im a little put off by the "chopped" look of the rear fender of the t-bird. It seems like the bike looks muscular and "thick" all the way until you get to the rear pillion. Then, it all just stops short.

I didnt need to ride it again, i remember the test ride from the last time, and i enjoyed the bike. I just have to say thats the one thing thats holding me back.

So, my question is, do any of you feel the same, and did it just take you some time to get used to the look of the rear of the bike? I am quite sure many of you like it just fine, and i dont mean to offend, just my opinion. Dont get me wrong, i think the bike is gorgeous aside from that. I am wondering if i would get used to the look of the back. Also, it doesnt look like it would be comfortable two up. Seems it would be cramped for the passenger. How do your passengers feel about the comfort?

Good to be back on the forum and see some of the same screenames still here. :-)


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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 12:18 AM
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Dont buy it because you wont be happy

its true, the older you get the crankier you get
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 01:48 AM
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Have to agree with Will ..... don't buy it!

Nah, go to the Dealer and jump on it and take it for a 'blat'! You'll be hooked.

As for the back seat - chuck it out and buy either the Long Haul seat/s or any aftermarket that you like (eg. Corbin). People have described the pillion seat as not much more than an inflated tampon and it and the standard riders seat is quite hard. I changed both for the Long Haul and have no problems with comfort, even over hundreds of kilometres.

See if the Dealer will haggle over the seats to make the deal??


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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 04:23 AM
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I am sick of my bike, people wanting to talk about it while I am in a hurry.....bloody hell, I have to become rude to get away sometimes. Never had that problem with a bike in my life...

translation ... just about the best looking bike ever on the market and if you can find something wrong with the design ie. back, then you have serious probs and dont deserve such a great bike

Look..... the point is, if you are unhappy with something usually that will grow and you will end up regret buying it so save yourself that and dont buy it

its true, the older you get the crankier you get
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 11:56 AM
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I always go with the philosophy that you can only take so much off, but you can always put more on. That said you can do a number of things to change the "look" of the bike to your liking, Bags, long haul seat etc...

To be honest my favorite part of the bike from an aesthetic standpoint is the rear of the bike. I love the "J-LO" rear!
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 12:40 PM
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I agree...the rear end of the bike is one of its great features. The wide-butt, and the pipes flaring out...it's the best! If you don't like that, then I'd say you don't like the bike. Go get a skinny butt HD. That being said, I have to agree too that the pillion is useless. I ride with the solo seat and either nothing on the fender, or the stamped chrome rack. If I go two up, then the long haul seat gets deployed.
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If you are put off by the fender and are considering a HD because of that, you are almost definitely a harley guy ! I say go that way because they tend to be happy with thier bikes regardless of what else about them is good or bad as long as the looks like a harley. Seriously....if you can't see past the Tbird's fender for it's worth, then it's probably not the bike for you. A friend of mine's brother has ridden harleys for decades and after riding mine he admitted it was better in pretty much every way. But his final word was "I still like mine better". I think you may be him. Go with HD....sounds like thats what you want.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 04:21 PM
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I have to agree with Will S, if the "look" of the rear fender is sufficient to make you discount the many other favorable attributes, then you're not really sold on the bike itself and will probably be unhappy in the long run. I made my decision based on the fact that after carefull comparison I think it is the best bike in it's class. The attitude of my dealer was also a definite plus, but if I had been unhappy with him I would have looked for another dealer and not bought a lesser bike.
Think carefully about what you really want - if a certain look, or image, or popularity is what drives you, and you see something else you like better, then go for it. If you want what many are discovering is a dam good, well engineered, great riding, classy and unique ride, then buy a Thunderbird. Personally I like the looks of my bike's rear end, but then I again I like a little meat on my bones...

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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 09:23 PM
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If it was me, and the fender was the only thing that I didn't like I'd simply have a new fender made...well assuming I could afford to do so. Luckily for me I love the look of the rear of the Thunderbird. I think the fender is great, and wouldn't change it at all.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 10:35 PM
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This is so coincidental, but I just got back from a long ride a couple hours ago and this is what happened. And i swear to god it's true.....i'm not making this up. I was in back of 2 typical harley guys with the bandanas and all that. One of them pulls next to me and asks directions. I told them pull over and i'll tell them because i couldn't hear them well nor them me. Anyways, this turned into more of a Tbird appreciation meeting than a stop to give directions. (they loved the bike and kept telling me so over and over) But the funny thing is, one of them couldn't get over how much he liked the...........wait for it...................REAR FENDER !!! LOL! I kid you not. He kept describing all the ways it looked cool, the shape, the tail light, etc etc. He just loved the rear fender and was fixated on it. It didn't hit me how funny this was in relation to this thread till just now when i saw this thread again after my first reply. Anyways, i just had to post this.
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