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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-02-2011, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Howdy all, been a while since I logged on. Hope you are all well! I've been thinking about a cruiser bike for some time, and I really like the look and the power of the TB Storm. I was even contemplating a Harley but they're way too expensive for something similar to the TB Spec. Does the TB Storm come with ABS or is that in the 2012 model? Also as far as custom parts, is there a big selection out there to choose from...best exhausts question for this bike? I want loud and easily heard pipes, any suggestions. thanks guys n gals, stay two up.
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Well I just came off a Harley Dyna and the TB is way better IMO. I do believe you can get a Storm ABS model. My TB is an ABS. As for pipes...look at the Staintune systems made right there in Oz. Very high quality and decent sound.

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ABS is not an option on the 2011 but is rumored to be available in 2012.

Exhaust options available, hogslayer, staintune, poke around this site there are a few examples.

Also youtube has clips of various pipes.

How loud do you want to go?

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Was just at the dealer last week and rode an ABS Storm 2012 model. Very nice.
From your topic are you deliberating over a bonnie and a Tbird? I'm stuck with the same thought. Would love a Tbird for cruising and two up, but want a cafe Bonnie for solo riding around town. Think I'm going to end up with both at some time. Which one first is the question?


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I'd love to have a bonnie too, but i gotta tell you if you worry about the Tbird around town, don't. I'd like to have a bonnie as a change of pace because no matter how great any bike is, the grass is always gonna seem greener after a time and it would be nice to have something that feels a lot different now and then. But to see the Tbird as not being nimble enough to ride and enjoy around town is a misnomer. It may not be as nimble as a bonnie, but it's MORE nimble than the bonnie variant, the speedmaster/america. I know because i came from a speedy and the Tbird at least for me handles easier down to the absolute slowest speed you can go, and FAR easier at those very slow parking lot speeds. Till you are actually off the bike and pushing it, it's more nimbe than my speedy was. So don't fear the Tbird as a round towner....it does quite well.
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I've got a Thruxton and it set's in garage most of the time. I won't sell it. I really love the bike's styling. I've always been a sport and touring bike fan. Didn't really care for cruisers but I can tell you from my point of view, I really love riding and the looks of the T-Bird. I'm relaxed and actually enjoy riding more, even in town. I pretty much smile all the time while I'm on it. Don't really know why, just do. Maybe it's like those old pair of jeans that fit just right and are really comfortable. Either way, I now have two motorcycles and I'm not willing to sell either.

In your case, I suppose it's the one you like the best. If you ride the T-Bird first, then you'll be disappointed in the Bonnie. Both are to close in purpose. One is not radically different for the other. Ergonomics are similar with the exception of the forward controls and neither are considered high end performers. Easy of maintenance is similar in many respects, with the T-Bird having the advantage. There 's actually less to deal with on a regular basis. Two up riding, easily favors the T-Bird as well as hauling luggage and gear on trips. Comfort I have to say also goes the the T-Bird.

I don't think either is a wrong choice but for all-round performance, you're not going to beat the T-bird. It cruises effortlessly at higher speeds on the highway where the Bonneville struggles. It handles extremely well and is light on the steering. You never feel uncomfortable.

So it all comes down to your personal choice and perceived use.
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Both. I have a Bonne and tbird. Bikes complement each other well.
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Dennis Foran makes a great set of slipons for the Thunderbird - I am going through the same type of thinking at the moment. Have a Thruxton which I won't sell, a Royal Enfield which is also a keeper, and a Bontrike which is permanently attached. Want a cruiser and the Storm is at the top of the list but I want to have a look at the Harley Switchback before I commit. Kawasaki Nomad 1700 is also on the shortlist - sometimes is it just too hard and my head hurts.

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That is a great looking exhaust. Does it retain the cat?
Have you heard them? Do they sound like the short TORs?

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I love my Thunderbird. Its the best bike I've ever ridden in my life, and I've owned a dozen bikes over 20 years. I wouldn't trade bikes with anyone on the planet.

Yet... my current computer wallpaper is a Bonnie.

In my opinion, the Bonneville is the Platonic form of 'motorcycle'. I think if you had every human being on the planet visualise 'motorcycle' and were able to render the sum aggregate of those imaginations on paper, you'd end up with ... a Bonneville. Its a true motorcycle in every sense of the word.

My dream stable?

A Triumph Thunderbird, a Bonneville and a Rocket III.

A streetfighter, a classic for exploring the town, and a monster for a mellow cross-country epic tour.

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