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post #11 of 57 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 02:09 PM
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Where did you get your numbers about the change in the gas mileage? I'm quite surprised if it makes that much of a difference.

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However, the few times I would use the additional power don't outweigh going from close to 50 miles per gallon into the 20 plus range. The 1600 is no slouch. If you're a boy racer and the hell with gas mileage, go with the 1700.
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I rode the 1700 and it is amazing. However, the few times I would use the additional power don't outweigh going from close to 50 miles per gallon into the 20 plus range

Is this true?? I would be looking for additional range, right now having to stop every 90 miles gets to be a drag
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Power? I traded my 2300 cc Rocket III for the TBird and am happy as a clam. The VRod engine is superb but the handling and comfort suck, in my opinion. If all you care about is power, stay with the VRod. Otherwise, the TBird beats the shorts off of the VRod.

And I agree with everything dazco said except, I'll stay with the 1600 engine. I rode the 1700 and it is amazing. However, the few times I would use the additional power don't outweigh going from close to 50 miles per gallon into the 20 plus range. The 1600 is no slouch. If you're a boy racer and the hell with gas mileage, go with the 1700. If not the torque of the 1600 is both satisfying and surprising to the typical rider. Ride them with that in mind. Most Triumph dealers allow demo rides.
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY off base !!! The difference is about 2-4 MPG, (more like 2 because i ride harder now and if i rode that way as the 1600 i may have got the same or maybe a couple better) and the 1700 is capable of as much MPG as the 1600 if you ride it the same. In fact, never got more than 46 on my 1600, but i recently got 50 MPG with mine and it is now a 1700 !(and has been since December) Now granter, that was riding extremely easy while riding with a buddy on his HD which he rides like a grandma. But as you can see you're way way off with that statement.

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I have spent many miles on V-Rods, Night Rods, and Muscles. I traded my Super Glide in on my Thunderbird. The V-Rod has the edge on all-out full throttle power. That's it. The Thunderbird is built better, rides better, handles better, and stops better than any Harley, period.

It's just a better bike. Riding my brother's Dyna now, it feels like a old, slow bike with bad brakes. He rode the Thunderbird. His Dyna is now for sale.
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WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY off base !!! The difference is about 2-4 MPG, (more like 2 because i ride harder now and if i rode that way as the 1600 i may have got the same or maybe a couple better) and the 1700 is capable of as much MPG as the 1600 if you ride it the same. In fact, never got more than 46 on my 1600, but i recently got 50 MPG with mine and it is now a 1700 !(and has been since December) Now granter, that was riding extremely easy while riding with a buddy on his HD which he rides like a grandma. But as you can see you're way way off with that statement.
Glad to hear that, and maybe it's just the difference in the way the two bikes are ridden but every post I have read from 1700 owners and from talking to my dealer they all talk about numbers less than 30 mpg for the 1700 motor? It's simply what I have heard from every source I have seen or spoken to. I guess you kids with your hot rods just can't keep from twisting the throttle. I know I couldn't.
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Not one post you'll see here or at the other tbird forum will say 30 MPG. I have literally heard dozens and dozens of MPG quoted since the tbird debuted in '09 and not one 1600 or 1700 has ever quoted that low. I have no idea where you saw these, but please link me to even one of those posts because i have yet to see that even once, and i've been reading RAT and the other Tbird forum since day one. In fact, most 1700 owner quote over 40 ! I once got 31 when my bike was horribly tuned but since i rectified that my minimum is 35, and thats hauling a$$ around town stop and go. And thats also the lowest i've seen anyone else quote and only one other. Riding what would be considered normally (which i rarely do) i get 40-42 .
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Not one post you'll see here or at the other tbird forum will say 30 MPG. I have literally heard dozens and dozens of MPG quoted since the tbird debuted in '09 and not one 1600 or 1700 has ever quoted that low. I have no idea where you saw these, but please link me to even one of those posts because i have yet to see that even once, and i've been reading RAT and the other Tbird forum since day one. In fact, most 1700 owner quote over 40 ! I once got 31 when my bike was horribly tuned but since i rectified that my minimum is 35, and thats hauling a$$ around town stop and go. And thats also the lowest i've seen anyone else quote and only one other. Riding what would be considered normally (which i rarely do) i get 40-42 .
OK, here's just one post from the Triumph 1600 forum. It's in the thread called "Good game, good game" and posted by Druid.

"Posted : Oct 04 2011 - 18:20 Post title : Re: good game good game (Re: mat1600)

Mine is a 1700 just for the record . I found the fuel consuption was at its best at 2800 revs.

Thankfully the bike is back to normal now and Im getting 160 odd miles to the tank now on average ."

The service manager at my dealer has said the same thing.

You figure out 160 miles per tank. Using ALL the fuel (5.5 gallons), which is unlikely, that comes out to 29 mpg. There are other posts but I'm not going to chase around looking for them to satisfy someone that came very close to calling me a liar for reporting what I heard, and qualifying it as such. Sorry you took my post as a personal affront. Maybe I should send them to you in a PM to approve before I hit SUBMIT in the future.

What the hell, maybe someone needs a nap.
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I'm pretty sure he's talking imperial gallons, as druid is in england. that would be more like 35 MPG US gallons. By the way, it's not me thats getting hot here. I'm just telling you that i've never seen this yet and you're sounding like everyone and his mother with a 1700 is getting 30. If it sounds to you like that, sorry, but it's not like that. Chill...
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I'm getting about 45-46mpg with my brand new 1600 and it isn't broken in yet. My first 100 miles used 2.2 gallons.
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