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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 02:20 AM Thread Starter
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Not to stir anything up but....I am the owner of a V Rod, but like the Bird. Will I be happy if I switch??
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Did you ask this at another forum? because i answered this somewhere else recently. Anyways, i don't know if you will or not, as i'm not you. But i can give you my thoughts on the difference. The Vrod is a higher tuned engine. It's a little further towards a standard bike rather than a cruiser which is more of a low RPM torque machine. Thats the big engine difference as far as performance. The rod is going to be quicker but the Tbird will have more low RPM grunt and may take the rad thru a couple gears or so. Then it will watch the rod go by. You have to weight whether thats important to you and what you're willing to trade that for. The Tbird will outhandle the rod with ease. It's probably the best handling cruiser ever built. It's smooth and comfortable, handles like mad and has a lot of torque like i said.

You can take that info and weigh the differences and see what you come up with. But unless you ride one you'll never come close to having a good idea as to whether selling the HD and getting a Tbird is what will make you happy. To me it's easily the best bike i've ever owned or ridden. But again, i'm not you. Demo one asap. Make it a 1700....the 1600 is rather weak due to the cams in the 170-0 being much hotter.
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Erm ... I dont know will you?

Totaly different bikes . If you had said "should I change my dynaglide will I be happy ?" Then the answer is easy but as your Rod is tuned completely different then I cant answer Im afraid . Daz has summed it up really.

Ride one and see.
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Not to stir anything up but....I am the owner of a V Rod, but like the Bird. Will I be happy if I switch??
As others have said you really need to ride one to get the full understanding of what all the trade off will be!

To answer your question better without the test ride we would have to ask you what you are looking for in a bike? What things you are unhappy about with your v rod? What type rider or rideing you do most.

For me I test rode a friends v rod a while back and couldnt be happier when it was over and I switched back to my 25 year old kawasaki. The bike was uncomfortable, didnt handle well and the performance was lack luster when compared to its intent and cost.
Whith the thunderbird the outcome was much different. After a long test ride I didnt want to take the bike back and knew I wanted one. It was comfortable handled extreemly well no matter what speed or type road I was on it gave perfect feedback letting me know exactly waht it was capeable of! The power is there instantly and for real world rideing its there when and where you need it anyplace between 1 and 100 mph!

So with no info really given I would have to say if you are a real rider and not just looking to fit into the crowd a few times a year the thunderbird is the way to go!
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I tested both and traded a Lowrider on my Tbird. The Vrod was too low and stretched out feeling for me and the Tbird fit well and seemed to handle better. Then add the lower price point and here I am. To me the Vrod seems like a drag bike and the Tbird is a cruiser which makes each in a different class.

But like said before...try one. You will be amazed how well it handles compared to a Harley.
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Best thing iv'e done in a long time is get a Thunderbird.

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Well I like the Vod for the engine, however as of late I've getting into longer rides
What I don't like
Saddle bags are small and storage is hard to come by
Cornering
Did'nt think it was uncomfortable, but my back is bothering me
Sick of being a "Harely" guy

Plus I have ridden the T'bird and really liked it and think it looks way cool (like a Shelby Mustang if that makes sense)
I guess I was wondering if anyone else had the same story
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Well I like the Vod for the engine, however as of late I've getting into longer rides
What I don't like
Saddle bags are small and storage is hard to come by
Cornering
Did'nt think it was uncomfortable, but my back is bothering me
Sick of being a "Harely" guy

Plus I have ridden the T'bird and really liked it and think it looks way cool (like a Shelby Mustang if that makes sense)
I guess I was wondering if anyone else had the same story
Thanks
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Take one for a second test ride. this time focus on the power curve threw your favorite type back road and if your happy with that you might have found your match. Its funny how sometimes we think the power advantage is what makes a bike when in actualaty we dont even ride within the power advantage on some bikes!

Its aslo funny how some of us can find one bike or seat uncomfortable and the others find the same bike more than acceptable.


You dont have to get rid of the harley to stop being a "harley guy" but its definately a step in the right direction!

Good luck with what ever you decide to do!
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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.
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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.
Thats exactly what I,m saying about many folks never really use the so called power advantage!
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