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post #111 of 120 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 06:57 PM
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So you decided on a thunderbird after all. Congrats on the new ride, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do mine.


"I am either more confident, just more used to it or its true…. The silver and black is a faster, and a better bike than the blue and white one I originally tested."

Yes its true!
It's all just Black envy. We know Black is the fastest colour but don't need to shout about it all the time. We're just comfortable enjoying it.
Enjoy the ride, glad you found the one you want .
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post #112 of 120 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 08:08 PM
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Actually, the Pacific Blue one goes so fast that the sheer friction of the wind peels the paint off right down the middle, right down to the white...

But congrats on the gray-and-black one.
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post #113 of 120 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 08:48 PM
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Actually, the Pacific Blue one goes so fast that the sheer friction of the wind peels the paint off right down the middle, right down to the white...

But congrats on the gray-and-black one.
Now that's creative bragging!


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post #114 of 120 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 03:55 AM
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Now that's creative bragging!

Yeah, pick it up on Saturday. I got a really good deal (for NZ), immaculate, two years old and 5,000 miles. It cost the same as a new one in the states would costs ($13,600 us) but thats just down to volume of sales I guess.

The silver, although faster has a down side. It's appears to have some sort of a cloaking device making you invisible to most cars. That’s the only reason I can think of as to why several cars wanted to do U turns or pull out in front of me during the test drive (either that or I hit warp speed). The only way I can see to combat this cloaking device is to get a pair of short loud pipes so I can alert them of my presence.

I heard they removed the hyper drive and flux capacitor out both the black and blue models, and that why they are slower, but they may well go just as fast if these were reinstated.
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Yeah, pick it up on Saturday. I got a really good deal (for NZ), immaculate, two years old and 5,000 miles. It cost the same as a new one in the states would costs ($13,600 us) but thats just down to volume of sales I guess.

The silver, although faster has a down side. It's appears to have some sort of a cloaking device making you invisible to most cars. That’s the only reason I can think of as to why several cars wanted to do U turns or pull out in front of me during the test drive (either that or I hit warp speed). The only way I can see to combat this cloaking device is to get a pair of short loud pipes so I can alert them of my presence.

I heard they removed the hyper drive and flux capacitor out both the black and blue models, and that why they are slower, but they may well go just as fast if these were reinstated.
Nope, hyper drive and flux capacitor still in tack on my Storm. In fact, the extra 100 cubic centimeters displacement maximizes the effectiveness of the hyper drive :-)!


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post #116 of 120 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 08:12 AM
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True Story ... My youngest brother is very involved in the MC industry, hosting his own TV show over here in the UK. He gets A LOT of sponsorship. Including a Brand new Victory Hammer S. He tests a lot of bikes, and the one he recommended to me - the Triumph Thunderbird (which I got). He says it's faster, handles and brakes better. One other thing, the victory pipes come out on the right side, and are quite high. A month ago, cruising down the Kings Road, he smelt burning, and his jeans were smouldering and smoking having burnt on the pipes.

Having never tried a Victory I can't comment myself, but the Triumph is a great bike.
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If you can hold off a bit, there's an attractive new color scheme for 2013, Caspian Blue with black:

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post #118 of 120 (permalink) Old 05-19-2012, 01:28 PM
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Gavin you make a good point about exhaust pipe placement. My Thunderbird is the first bike I've ever owned where the pipes are actually down below my feet. The engineers really thought this out well.
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post #119 of 120 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 08:16 AM
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Had the bike for a few days now and it has the big grin factor for me. Really pleased with it.

Used to the handling now as well, feels much more solid than the speedmaster. Amazing how quickly you get used to something, lining up the corners and grinding the pegs out. This bike is a lot of fun.

Initially I wasn’t quite sure about the look of it, but as said it doesn’t photograph that well, but looks great in person.

This is a bike that just grows on you. Until its in your blood.
I know this is a triumph site and so a touch of bias is involved, but I genuinely went into this with an open mind, a process that took 6 months and mainly focused on Harley's so I was surprised at the outcome as well as I was sure that ws where I was heading.
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Had the bike for a few days now and it has the big grin factor for me. Really pleased with it.

Used to the handling now as well, feels much more solid than the speedmaster. Amazing how quickly you get used to something, lining up the corners and grinding the pegs out. This bike is a lot of fun.

Initially I wasn’t quite sure about the look of it, but as said it doesn’t photograph that well, but looks great in person.

This is a bike that just grows on you. Until its in your blood.
I know this is a triumph site and so a touch of bias is involved, but I genuinely went into this with an open mind, a process that took 6 months and mainly focused on Harley's so I was surprised at the outcome as well as I was sure that ws where I was heading.
Congratulations on the new bike. I picked mine up a couple days ago too, and I share the same feelings you do. I find it much easier to ride than the Bonneville it replaced. Highway riding is far better, as I no longer get tossed around by the wind, or off my seat by bumps. Even slow speed maneuvering seems easier, as a result of the weight, and lower center of gravity, I suppose. As you say, it does also feel much more solid in the turns.

The Bonneville was far easier to move around in the garage with the engine off...thats the only place the Thunderbird lags behind.
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