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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-25-2011, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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Talking I Made a Mistake!

Well, I took a ride on a 2011 Thunderbird that had only 950 miles. I'm totally impressed and I'm going to trade my Bonneville in for it. This bike had the 1700 kit and was amazing. I took it out on the road and broke loose the rear tire in first without popping the clutch from about 10 mile per hour.

They want $10,995 for it and I can't resist. I'm a sport bike rider and I thought I would never get caught dead on a cruiser but I just can't resist. The handling actually surprised me and with my short frame I could easily reach the forward controls.

I'm sorry I waited so long to ride one.
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That is a good price for a bike that already has the 1700, and heck someone already did the break in miles for you. Now go get it, and post up some pictures!
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That is a good price for a bike that already has the 1700, and heck someone already did the break in miles for you. Now go get it, and post up some pictures!
+1 decent price. I would buy it.
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post #5 of 43 (permalink) Old 09-25-2011, 04:09 PM
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I ride a Bonnie and took a T-Bird for a test ride. Handles like a John Deere. Not for me.

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I ride a Bonnie and took a T-Bird for a test ride. Handles like a John Deere. Not for me.
You would be the first out of many who own a bonneville and said that. Everyone else has talked about how the Tbird handles and many of them say the bird handles better. You simply weren't used to it. I felt similar when i took delivery of mine never having demo'd one. On the way home i wasn't all that sure i made the right decision. Next day, 100+ miles of twisties, got home with a smile a mile wide and not only knew i made a great decision, but realized once i got used to it this was the best handling bike i ever rode since 1969, and only 2 of my bikes were cruisers. Every article cites it's superb handling, so chances are pretty slim (huge understatement) that everyone is wrong and you are right. I honestly cannot count the times i read of bonnie owners who got a Tbird and said it handles better aside from slow speed peg clearance. One thruxton owner sold his thrux and said the bird handles better. You can doubt an opinion or even 2, maybe 3. But not dozens if not a 100 including all demo rides, buyers, and mag reviews.
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I ride a Bonnie and took a T-Bird for a test ride. Handles like a John Deere. Not for me.
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!
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I ride a Bonnie and took a T-Bird for a test ride. Handles like a John Deere. Not for me.
Perhaps you simply don't have the skill to ride it to its potential.
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You won't regret it, I traded my 08 Bonney for a 2010 Bird in March of 10. Very different bikes, sort of wished I kept the Bonney too!
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I will admit that I am not a long-time rider, and my experience is only 20,000 miles on a Bonnie. I have only been riding 18 months, and really got used to the way the Bonnie handles. One of my riding buddies has a red T-Bird, and when I told him how I felt about my test ride on the T-Bird, he said if I thought the T-Bird rides like a John Deere, then if I rode a Harley, it would be like a Russian knock-off of a John Deere.

I am certain a T-Bird is a fine bike, and the reviews from the magazines back that up. It is just that my limited exposure to riding makes me more comfortable on the Bonnie. Perhaps, if I had more time to ride a T-Bird, say a weekend or so, I may get more comfortable and start to get the feel for it.

But I can't change my first impression, and I can always change my mind

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