Main Motorcycle: 2012 Thunderbird Storm
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Johnstown, OH
Finally decided on a TBird, couple of questions...
After much deliberation, I've finally decided on a Thunderbird for my next bike. I've got a Bonneville now and want something bigger. I was pretty high on the Tiger 800 for a while, and I test rode it and the Storm a month or two ago. The Tiger was nice, but the Thunderbird was a lot more fun. So I will be moving up to a Thunderbird this Spring (riding season is just about done here). This brings me to a couple of questions...
I'd like to get either the short TORS or Hog Slayers when I get the bike. Is it better to break the bike in with the stock pipes and map, and then upgrade the pipes? Or is riding it off the lot new, with aftermarket pipes/map okay? When I bought my Bonnie, the salesman said it was good to break it in with the stock pipes, but I am wondering if he was full of crap.
I want the 1700, but I don't necessarily want a Storm. I really like the Storm, but I don't think I can do the black paint. My Bonnie is black, and the paint is so soft, and I am so OCD...it might drive me crazy to have another black Triumph. I really like the blue with white stripe, can it be ordered from the factory with the 1700 kit installed? Or, do you have to have the dealer install the kit after the bike arrives? I haven't studied the prices in detail yet...but is the Storm a better value than installing the 1700 kit on a standard Thunderbird after the fact?
I'll probably have more questions as I count down the days, thanks in advance for all of the help.