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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-17-2011, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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I've put 34,000 km on my Bonneville in the past 10 months. In other words, I like to take trips. Often these trips involve significant highway miles.

I now have my eye on a Storm. I love the performance and clean naked look.

So, here is my question/delema: please give me accessory recommendations that will allow me have the clean naked bike when at home, but add big ugly windshields, seats, and other creature comforts when heading out on multiple thousand km trips. Pictures will help. Prices will also help me understand the cost of a split personality bike vs. a T-bird touring.

Thanks in advance.
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Well the Triumph longhaul seat doesn't look that much different than stock.
I use the single and have the passenger longhaul that I leave off of the bike. It's one 6mm bolt to put it on.

If getting luggage, get the easybrackets from fasteddy when the saddlebags are removed there is really not much left on the bike.

As for a windscreen, I have no clue on that one, I don't like them at all.

Some other guys will help you out on that one

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Top be honest that was my dilema , when i bought my t bird , i had another bike for touring , all set up bags ect ect . and i traded my harley for the t bird.

Then when looked at putting all the parts on ,which would make the bike into a tourer , extra driving lights . (a must with the t bird ) boards for front and rear , bags , screen , sissiy bar and rear rack , longhaul seat ,

The price blew me away it came to more than a road king which had abs , cruise control , air shocks . .

So i just purchased the long haul seat sissy bar for the odd ocasion the missis came out on it , anI put t bars on , to keep it at the stripped down look with the single seat ,

Got to admit though , when my dealer gets a demo in i'm gonna be looking seriously at the storm , since i have the seat and backrest , and it already has the bars and lights , its only really going to be the screen, foorboards and a luggage rack to turn it into a one bike does all , and in less than 2 minuites back to a street bike .

IF only they would do another color , don't like black especielly with the crap paint job .
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It's a delicate dilemma. I'll put 75% of the miles on the comply cruiser, and 75% of the days on the naked storm. My hope is that I can have it both ways with an easy conversion so I don't end up riding the cruiser when I really want the wind in my face, chest and soul!
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It's a delicate dilemma. I'll put 75% of the miles on the comply cruiser, and 75% of the days on the naked storm. My hope is that I can have it both ways with an easy conversion so I don't end up riding the cruiser when I really want the wind in my face, chest and soul!
How about picking up an SE that's already got all the trimmings, and they're removable? Gotta like the Carnival red though, plus you're 100ccs short of the Storm.

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I agree with Golfnut, there are a few 0 mile SE A1 Triumph Thunderbirds available and a few very low mileage SE bikes as well. The carnival red grows on you and the bike has ABS, footboards, windscreen, sissy bar and luggage rack and leather saddle bags. It was thousands less than the Harley and BMW and 45 mpg and plenty of power and torque is not shabby either.
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I've put 34,000 km on my Bonneville in the past 10 months. In other words, I like to take trips. Often these trips involve significant highway miles.

I now have my eye on a Storm. I love the performance and clean naked look.

So, here is my question/delema: please give me accessory recommendations that will allow me have the clean naked bike when at home, but add big ugly windshields, seats, and other creature comforts when heading out on multiple thousand km trips. Pictures will help. Prices will also help me understand the cost of a split personality bike vs. a T-bird touring.

Thanks in advance.
Seats are subjective - I have no problem with the factory seat - just did 1200 mile trip into Oregon last month. Windshield - I have the 2-UP Switchblade quick release from www.fasteddysports.com I don't like floorboards. You can also get the quick release brackets from the same place and now you have your choice of different kinds of leather or hardbags depending on the look you like - I'm eyeing the larger hardbags myself because they are waterproof and locking, the best for a long trip. Good choice of bike - one thing that you will notice is how perfectly balanced the bike is, and this translates into less fatigue at the end of the day. For example my buddy rides a 2007 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1600, fully decked out and dressed, blah blah - if you take your hands off the bars over 35 miles an hour they begin to wobble and you have to quickly grab them. At any speed, including 70mph on the freeway I can release my bars and hold my arms out like an airplane for as long as I want and steer the bike with just my body - it remains perfectly balanced and smooth. heh heh and I have pictures showing just such a thing!

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