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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-04-2011, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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ive been looking for customisation options for these bikes for a while- in fact its one thing that has kept me from buying one...i dont want a bike thats the same as every other one out there.

other than the lowering shock/spring, short exhaust and rake mod- plus the "customisations" from the triumph site (arguably not really customisations IMO), i havent seen much around.

i'd like to know what size rear tyre can be installed, maybe see one of these with some white walls, fat front tyre, custom fenders ..the usual stuff...

maybe ive missed them? (actually ive seen the cafe racer conversion- so that is one, but for me thats a bit extreme and defeats the purpose of this bad boy)

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If you like the bike then buy it. Other than at the dealer I have yet to even see another Thunderbird. Believe me you will have a unique ride even if you leave it stock. Your worries are misplaced.
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thanks for your opinion, but uniqueness is an important factor to me when looking at a new bike.

the chances that someone customised theirs like yours is minimal. Went to a bike show a couple of weeks back and there were half a dozen tbirds there..all exactly the same bar for some factory options.

was actually a bit lame to see that.

so, hence my query.
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If you feel that strongly about it then I would think it would be simple enough to have a few custom pieces fabbed up such as handle bars or crash bars, and maybe do a custom paint job as well. I did a custom seat for mine that is absolutely unique. There are all kinds of ways to make your bike your own.
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I will agree there are not that many after market accessories for the Bird especially. That's part of the problem with not owning a mainstream ride, the after market doesn't want to invest in a tiny market share like Triumph. Maybe someday if Triumph really starts grabbing market share we'll see more ways to make the somewhat obscure Triumph label more personalized. Custom made accessories are probably the immediate future albeit an expensive one unless you happen to own your own CNC machine.
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ive been looking for customisation options for these bikes for a while- in fact its one thing that has kept me from buying one...i dont want a bike thats the same as every other one out there...

i'd like to know what size rear tyre can be installed, maybe see one of these with some white walls, fat front tyre, custom fenders ..the usual stuff...

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Perhaps you could look at it another way, first there are far fewer of the bikes out there, and second, since there isn't that much of the "usual stuff", i.e. genuine pseudo custom mods available, you have the opportunity to be truly original!
Creating and adapting your own mods should meet your needs better than buying something anyone else can get too.
I love to see what you come up with; if you go through with it, be sure and keep us posted - with pics!

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have a look on this forum look at the albums you can see what can be done
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Anything can be done if you have either the big budget for it or incredible fabrication skills to do the work yourself, plus a strong vision of what you want.

Sadly there are just not that many options available yet. As mentioned Triumph has a small part of the market.

The plus side being is if you can pull off a wild custom ride it truly would be unique.

Let us know what come up with.

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thanks for your opinion, but uniqueness is an important factor to me when looking at a new bike.

the chances that someone customised theirs like yours is minimal. Went to a bike show a couple of weeks back and there were half a dozen tbirds there..all exactly the same bar for some factory options.

was actually a bit lame to see that.

so, hence my query.
Ok, so how much money are you willing to spend to be unique? because frankly...bolt on accessories aren't unique. But a good $10-30,000 could make it unique.
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I have to agree with Lantesh and Greybull in the sense that these machines are unique to themselves without mods, so that anything you do to it will set it apart from the crowd that much more so. I'm planning on buying a 2011-2012 America within the next couple of months and other than maybe putting some new pipes, AI removal and remapping the EFI, I'm leaving it bone stock and I know I'll have a better chance of winning the lottery than to find another bike like it in these parts. All in all, th T-bird is one BADASS ride and you shouldn't be disappointed in the least!! I plan on having my America for quite a while, but the T-bird is the only one I can think of that I'd want to upgrade to. Welcome to the forum, keep us posted and good luck!


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