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Actually one of the lesser glowing reviews i've seen. They did pick the Tbird as the best of the 4, but it wasn't the kind of review that leaves you feeling it's as great a bike as the other reviews i've seen. Also, they said it's more powerful than the rest, but imagine if they had reviewed the 1700 instead of the 1600 ! They also pointed out the peg clearance, and i agree this is the bike's Achilles heel. It's the price you pay to have a otherwise incredible handling bike that also feels 200 Lbs lighter than it is tho. Worth the trade-off. You can't have everything, even with the great Tbird. But you can have 99% of it.
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It is still a 746lb cruiser no matter how you cut it...but trust me, it way out handles the Superglide.
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I prefer to do my harley bashing in person! So I will save it for tomorrow as the planned ride consists of about 20 harleys and a long days ride threw the mountains.
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It is still a 746lb cruiser no matter how you cut it...but trust me, it way out handles the Superglide.
And rides better. And accelerates better. And brakes better. My Super Glide was a nice bike, but the Thunderbird will eat its lunch.
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They used the year, "2011" all over the place for that review, and the only bike that wasn't was the 2012 Harley.

It alwasys seems to me that people roll over backwards to give Harley the edge in reviews, however Harley always seems to fall short of #1 with comments like, "But you can't get past the original Harley look and sound".

This sounds to much to me what a 20 year old female must think while she dates the older rich man.
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You nailed it - there is BIG money involved - just look around at the cruisers on the road - what is by far the largest percentage? You don't wan to piss off that market or manufacturer. However it is with a big contented sigh that I roll my TBird out of the garage this morning polish her up and get ready to ride this afternoon. No regrets!

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I dunno....thats possible, but that one shootout where the guy says something like "the triumph runs better handles better, and is the better bike, but we have to go with the harley" just shows that even in shootouts there are people who will want and ride a harley even if it' the worse pile of junk on 2 wheel for no other reason that the history and bad ass image people think of when they hear the name. Short of assembling enough feces to mold it into the shape of a bike, anything they make that can be ridden will be praised and purchased by these brainwashed fools. Money can influence shootouts to some degree i'm sure, but i think what that guy said in that shootout a while back was from the heart. If there was money behind what he said i'm sure harley would have not allowed him to say the Tbird is the better bike.

It's crazy when you think about it. Imagine if that sort of attitude didn't just stop at harleys. Can you see people buying a car that gets horrible MPG, breaks down regularly and has lousy performance yet costs an arm and a leg? Ain't gonna happen because cars don't carry an image like harleys do, at least nothing that would sway a buyer towards them if they are a pile and cost a fortune. But the analogy really makes you realize how foolish it is !
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