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post #11 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-26-2011, 11:30 PM
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Then you simply should have said that for a new rider like yourself it was too much or something along those lines, or even not post at all. I mean, whats the point? I sure as heck wouldn't go over to the bonnie forum and find a thread where they're all rejoice about thier bonnies and tell them "i rode a bonnie and it felt like a toy and had no power", or go to the R3 forum and tell them i rode an R3 and it's a bulky clumbsy lump. I just don't get that mentality. It's one thing to voice your opinion on something, but another to go to another forum and find a post where several people are voicing thier love for their model after a new owner has posted to rejoice over his purchase and criticize it for no constructive reason. Especially when you are a new rider. I've been riding since '69 and i know bikes well enough to know that there is a [email protected] good reason this bike has been received by the motorcycle world as maybe the best cruiser ever made. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but i'm trying to make you see it from our point of view as Tbird owners.

You might say i'm sort of the resident Thunderbird defender here, and i get in heated discussions at time when someone from another forum posts here just to diss the bike. I don't pull punches on this subject. Sorry to those who may be sick of my rantings, but i just think that if you can't use good judgment and respect other triumph owners and thier bikes and post constructively then you probably shouldn't post at all.
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I have a few john deer's and there aint no comparison! Them tractors will run straight threw the fields and with the power stering and 4 wheel drive the thunderbird just cant keep up!
I have to agree, my Thunderbird won't clear snow worth a dam up here on our mountain compared to my John Deere.

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Get the Staintune collector pipes. It replaces the Tbird catalytic converter. You can keep the stock exhaust cans (mufflers). I did this today and my 1700 has way better sound and noticeably greater hp! Get on staintune site, search for Tbird collector pipes, and then ignore the need to order through dealer. Email them and they will let you give credit card number, i got 'em in two weeks delivered to my house. The power is WAY better, the sound is awesome. Cost about $565 total. The cat is the choke on sound/power.

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As far as sport vs cruiser, you need one of each. Just sayin'.... Sometimes you feel like sport ridin', and sometimes you feel like cowboy ridin'.
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As far as sport vs cruiser, you need one of each. Just sayin'.... Sometimes you feel like sport ridin', and sometimes you feel like cowboy ridin'.
That what I did! After owning a few bikes you realize there is no bike that really does it all.

The tbird is a surprisingly good handling bike. It takes some time to trust it but the weight makes it very stable and sheer power out of corners is fun to play with. Its low CG also makes it more flickable than you'd think. I'm not a peg dragger or anything, but I'd say I'm as fast on my tbird when I want to be as I am on my sport bike.
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+1. i keep up when i ride the Bird and my son rides the Speedie.
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Traded my Speedmaster on for a Thunderbird myself two weeks ago and man, whatta bike! T-bird is awesome and the Speedmaster was no comparison whatsoever.
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Then you simply should have said that for a new rider like yourself it was too much or something along those lines, or even not post at all. I mean, whats the point? I sure as heck wouldn't go over to the bonnie forum and find a thread where they're all rejoice about thier bonnies and tell them "i rode a bonnie and it felt like a toy and had no power", or go to the R3 forum and tell them i rode an R3 and it's a bulky clumbsy lump. I just don't get that mentality. It's one thing to voice your opinion on something, but another to go to another forum and find a post where several people are voicing thier love for their model after a new owner has posted to rejoice over his purchase and criticize it for no constructive reason. Especially when you are a new rider. I've been riding since '69 and i know bikes well enough to know that there is a [email protected] good reason this bike has been received by the motorcycle world as maybe the best cruiser ever made. Sorry if this sounds harsh, but i'm trying to make you see it from our point of view as Tbird owners.

You might say i'm sort of the resident Thunderbird defender here, and i get in heated discussions at time when someone from another forum posts here just to diss the bike. I don't pull punches on this subject. Sorry to those who may be sick of my rantings, but i just think that if you can't use good judgment and respect other triumph owners and thier bikes and post constructively then you probably shouldn't post at all.
You really are quite sensitive aren't you?

If you must know why I posted my comment, it was because VainCyrus switched from a Bonneville to a T-Bird. I ride a Bonnie, and simply can't see why that would be an upgrade. But I guess that is why they make different models. At least he is still riding a Triumph.

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Horse's for courses......I just left a cruiser for a Bonnie, love it . Completely different ride between the two of them. Both the America and the T-Bird are good looking machines, enjoy your Thunderbird !
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You really are quite sensitive aren't you?

If you must know why I posted my comment, it was because VainCyrus switched from a Bonneville to a T-Bird. I ride a Bonnie, and simply can't see why that would be an upgrade. But I guess that is why they make different models. At least he is still riding a Triumph.
Back peddle if you like, but you miss the point. In comparing the two bikes, most riders have pointed out advantages one has over the other. You, however, simply said the Thunderbird handles like a tractor - sort of an absurd and denigrating comparison.
As you now say, the bikes are different, they understandably handle differently, both have good attributes, and the vast majority of knowledgleable and experienced rider say they are both exceptionally fine motorcycles.
I think some simply take exception to your interrupting an otherwise useful and informative thread discussing the two bikes, with an inflamatory and gratuitious slam against the Thunderbird. Your comment was viewed as either malicious or at best thoughtless, or perhaps both.
I appreciate your clarification, am pleased you like your bonnie and delighted you ride a Triumph! Now where were we?

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