Main Motorcycle: Triumph Thunderbird SE A1
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: near Augusta GA
I agree. This bike is not a traditional cruiser at all and reclassification of the Ducati offering by one magazine does not make it so. I was kind of taken aback by the article. In fact, there was a previous article, maybe other magazine, that said that Ducati was NOT a cruiser. In my experience, the Triumph Thunderbird got cruiser of the year in 2009 and 2010 for good reason. Moreover, Triumph really priced the bike right. When a manufacturer makes a bike that tracks beautifully, has good HP and torque, fully usable around 2750 rpm, belt drive, has excellent brakes with their ABS, gets around 42-45 mpg on regular fuel, has a really smooth shifting set of cut gears and Metzelers matched to the bike, what is not to like? The Ductati is a nice bike, plenty of power, but placing it as a cruiser did not seem justified to me.
After chasing down the disconnected MAP sensor hose and a defective O-ring between the tank and the engine, the motorcycle has been just great, good purchase and a keeper.