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post #21 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 09:35 AM
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I traded my Speedmaster in for a Bird' maybe a month ago, and Bird' is a superior bike in every way. If you can afford to do so, run, dont walk to your dealer.
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I truly appreciate all the great input, and I do plan on test riding the T-Bird or Storm in the spring of 2012 when the new riding season begins. I have a few other questions which I hope some of you can help out with. The dealer told me, when I was just looking at the Storm, that they have sold very few of these, and when I asked why, he said that most folks want a windscreen and the Storm does not have one. Have you found a good after market screen? If not, this could be a deal ender for me as I do not like riding, especially at speed, on a bike without a decent windscreen. My second question is about bags. While I love the look of the leather bags on my America, I really would prefer hard, locking bags. Does anyone make such that fit the T-Bird? And finally, my America did not come with a center stand, which I had added soon after I got it. But it is hard to use and I always feel like I will drop the bike when trying to get it up on the stand. Does the T-Bird, or Storm come with a stock center stand, and if so, how hard is it to use? I look forward to some replies. Thanks to all.
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Hi Vito, sorry I am coming into this one a little late but I had an America for a year before I traded up to the 1600 TBird and they are chalk and cheese. I am not a petrol head so the 1600 suits me fine but it still leaves the America standing still and the pick up from 100klms to say, 130klms is so good that you can't help but smile. My experience is that the bird also seems to handle better and feels somehow lighter in the front end and easier to steer.
I did 9,500klms on the America in 10 months and it was a great bike but I really wanted more power and a 6th gear for touring.
It is a very good bike, just get one!!
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I truly appreciate all the great input, and I do plan on test riding the T-Bird or Storm in the spring of 2012 when the new riding season begins. I have a few other questions which I hope some of you can help out with. The dealer told me, when I was just looking at the Storm, that they have sold very few of these, and when I asked why, he said that most folks want a windscreen and the Storm does not have one. Have you found a good after market screen? If not, this could be a deal ender for me as I do not like riding, especially at speed, on a bike without a decent windscreen. My second question is about bags. While I love the look of the leather bags on my America, I really would prefer hard, locking bags. Does anyone make such that fit the T-Bird? And finally, my America did not come with a center stand, which I had added soon after I got it. But it is hard to use and I always feel like I will drop the bike when trying to get it up on the stand. Does the T-Bird, or Storm come with a stock center stand, and if so, how hard is it to use? I look forward to some replies. Thanks to all.
there is no center stand for it. Most of us use a lift and lift it by the sump using a piece of wood on the jack. Theres a post about it here somewhere.

there are no hard bags made specifically for it, but there are some that people have fit. Check your PM and i'll give you a tip i can't say here about screens and bags..
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post #25 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-17-2011, 02:08 AM
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My husband had an America and I had a speedmaster which we rode for about a year, and then the thunderbird came out and he immediately bought one..... I got mine just as soon as we could sell the speedmaster and we have'nt looked back! We both had the touring seats and back rest combo put on and the medium sized windshield. All I want to do is ride for days, if not weeks, but life keeps getting in the way. I LOVE my 'bird in a way that I never loved the Speedmaster. I could go on, and on, and on.....
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I had a 2005 America I really liked around town but not so much for cruising. The T-Bird is like a bigger, better America which is why I bought the Rocket 3 Touring model.
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I had a 2005 America I really liked around town but not so much for cruising. The T-Bird is like a bigger, better America which is why I bought the Rocket 3 Touring model.
Haven't ridden a bike for for about 38 years, bought an America, did 600 miles and traded it for a 1600 Thunderbird, did 1200 or so miles on that and traded for a Rocket 3 Classic.

For me the America did not feel right, took out a Thunderbird for a test ride, it felt a lot better balanced than the America, went around corners better, pulled a lot stronger.

Then I took out a Rocket for a test ride, surprised how mellow it can be at low revs, plus it did not feel that much heavier than the Thunderbird. The acceleration did it for me.
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I just want to echo argyle's sentiments. Have a 2007 America and just got a 2011 T-Bird. Both great rides but different. The bird handles so well you wont notice the extra weight.
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I bought a 2007 Speedmaster at the beginning of the summer and put close to 4000 miles on it. Loved the bike but at 210 lbs I was looking for something that could cruise 75 MPH limit at the Colorado altitude with a little less stress. Traded it in for a 2012 red/black Thunderbird yesterday.
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I bought a 2007 Speedmaster at the beginning of the summer and put close to 4000 miles on it. Loved the bike but at 210 lbs I was looking for something that could cruise 75 MPH limit at the Colorado altitude with a little less stress. Traded it in for a 2012 red/black Thunderbird yesterday.
Well, you should have no problem at 75 MPH any more....my speedy did 70 MPH at 4000 RPM's. My Tbird at at the same RPM's is cruising along at 105 MPH !
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