Main Motorcycle: 2012 Thunderbird Storm
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Johnstown, OH
Leaning back towards a Thunderbird...
A little background...I've got an 09 Bonnie SE that I bought last year, and I really do love it, but now I want something bigger. I had always wanted a Thunderbird, but then I got used to the upright riding position on the Bonnie, and the Tiger 800 came out, so I started lusting after it. Since then, I've been torn on which bike to upgrade to.
I went to a local dealer a month ago and rode the Tiger 800, and I liked it. It seems perfect for what I need. However, the dealer wanted me to ride the Storm while I was there, since he knew that I was trying to make up my mind between the two. I found myself smiling as I walked out to the Storm...both from the way it sounded and from the way it looked. I had ridden the Tiger for about 30 mins, and I wasn't planning on riding the Storm, and didn't want to abuse the privilege, so I only took it for about 10 minutes. I loved every minute, it was a blast. However, I came back thinking the Thunderbird was more fun, but maybe not the best bike for what I need, and I was still set on the Tiger. It's hard to explain, but I was feeling like maybe the Bird was a Hummer, as compared to the Tiger being more of a Jeep....excess vs necessity...if that makes sense.
However, I always seem to come back to the Thunderbird...and I found myself thinking about it again yesterday. Motorcycles are supposed to be fun, and I definitely had more fun on the Thunderbird...even though the Tiger is really cool as well...so where I was 75/25 leaning towards the Tiger, now I think it's back to 50/50.
90% of my riding is rural roads, with the occasional (1-3 times a year) longer trip with friends out of state. The Tiger is nice because it's a true 'do anything' bike...with lots of possibilities for luggage, and a comfortable riding position for me. However, I am thinking the Thunderbird would cruise better, being that it is heavier and lower, and probably wouldn't get blown around as much. For the few amount of times that I would actually need a few days worth of luggage, I am sure I could find something to work on the Bird (not a huge fan of saddle bags).
So, that was me venting. I guess I am wondering if anybody has some input, or has gone through a similar decision. Bikes are kind of like tattoos...you get one and you want more...that's probably why I haven't gotten tatted yet.
I do have one specific question/concern. On the Storm, it felt like my back was rounded over, and I am thinking that would probably be an issue on a longer ride. Anybody feel like they were rounded over some? Maybe it was because I had just gotten off of the Tiger, which is slightly leaned forward. I am 5'11", and had no issues reaching the controls...just want to make sure I wouldn't have a sore back on a long ride.
Thanks for reading my rant...