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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2011, 07:23 AM
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I'm kinda in the same boat as yourself... When I decided on a new bike I road them all, from HD's to BMW's. I kept going back to the Tbrid for the ride it gave me. Other than the 30k Beamers it was by far the best ride of them all.

I own 2 Harleys, and they have about 99% of the aftermarket tied up. I have to own something that is different than all the rest. After seeing 2 other Grey & Black Tbirds in town, I said that is it... I started with some pretty simple stuff like a windshield from WindVest, the Triumph aux lights, custom risers for the handlebars, grips, floor boards and a Corbin seat in Brown leather.

I removed the gaudy license plate bracket and relocated the turn signals and side mounted the plate. My last customization was going to be paint.

I learned to drive a car in a 58 Ford Thunderbird that was turquoise, so I decided on that as my color. So far I'm happy with the looks of the bike, you can check out the thread and see the pics.

IMO, most bolt on stuff is not really customization... It does make your bike unique... but not custom. You have to be patient, in the 2 years I've had my Tbird the number of "parts" has doubled or more.

Buy the bike for the ride and reputation... the customization will come with time.

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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2011, 05:09 PM
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Let me say this, If you just want stuff you can bolt on, then true, there's not alot out there yet. But to my way of thinking if there are aftermarket products out there that everyone can get readily most bikes will start to look alike in some way or another. What I mean is look at Harley for example or Yamaha for that matter. Most of these bikes start to look like one another after awhile. People see something cool on a bike and then they put the same thing on thiers. After awhile everyone is bolting on the same popular accesory. My point is that any bike is an open platform to be customized. It just comes down to your creativity and your skills ( or depth of your pockets). Right now I've been looking at my TBird and more and more I see the beauty of the lines and I have been taking things off to accentuate them. I dont see many on the road around here but what I see online and such it appears that many folks are bolting on every thing Triumph makes for the Bird. So in a way by not adding to the bike it becomes somewhat unique. Does that make sense?
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-07-2011, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by rlowellj View Post appears that many folks are bolting on every thing Triumph makes for the Bird. So in a way by not adding to the bike it becomes somewhat unique. Does that make sense?
I like your back to basics approach! Don't cover them up, let them be what they are...awesome, beautifully crafted motorcycles straight out the box!

Don't let the details of precision become obscured by the monotony of routine. JW
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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-08-2011, 09:49 AM
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The worlds your osyter.( till you have a wife and three kids.)
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 09:43 PM
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Another point I'd like to make is that I modify/change things on my bike to suit my needs, not to make it unique or different. In the end nobody else really cares what I do my bike anyway. I am not out to impress anyone, and I am not looking for approval. If someone else doesn't think my bike is "unique" I really don't care. In the end the only opinion that really matters is your own. Think about that before you pass on a fantastic machine.
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post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-15-2011, 04:15 PM
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Agree, not too many examples out there yet but I did stumble upon this one today.
As a side note, this site has a great gallery of custom triumphs but they are quite sparse on the build details.
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