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post #21 of 120 (permalink) Old 12-29-2011, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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re: "Thunderbird or Victory"

<Let's see now, this is the Triumph Forum, and specifically the sub-section for Thunderbirds...
Hum... I wonder if the people who hang out here prefer the Harley Softail, the Victory Kingpin, or the Triumph Thunderbird?
Hey, I bet the consensus is going to be the Thunderbird!>I appreciate all of the comments and opinions. Thanks! What I don't completely understand is a comment like the one above. Since most of us don't come out of the womb on a Triumph, us non-Triumph owners have to do research and ask questions and such. What's wrong with that? And what better way to do it than to ask people who ride and own their bikes? Yep, I've done the same in Victory AND Harley forums. I know I'm going to get lots of subjective opinions. I also know that I won't TRULY know until I'm able to jump on one myself and do my comparisons. As I mentioned initially, there's NOT one in my area...yet. But maybe there are people who owned Vics and switched. Or test-drove various things and knew right away which one was for them. Whatever the reason, I was curious to hear about them. (and what's with "Get a Vic so we can keep the Triumph rare?"....huh???? Gee, is there a secret handshake out of Hinckley, too, that I should know about? Guess I was wrong when I thought the bizarre sarcasm was confined to the Harley forums.) Anyway...thanks for taking the time! Safe riding!
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Yet again forum posts loose thier point and fun due to the writen word being taken too litteraly.

Sorry you took it that way win but hey thats the danger of forums eh?
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No need to be offended as that was not my intent; there are numerous others comenting on this thread besides you; my remark was a general one and not a PM to you. We tend to have a little fun here, and as much as anything I was pointing out that your question will elicited a biased response.
In an attempt to erase any bad feelings I'll give you my reasons for selecting the TB over the competion which is what I think you intended:
#1 - I don't want to ride a "me too" status symbol so HD was out.
#2 - In my oppinion Victory is a newcomer and doesn't have the solid history of some other brands. Plus their sense of style is a little funky in my oppinion.
#3 - Both HD and Vic, again in my opinion only, are not on the cutting edge bike engineering; I like what I've read re Triumph and the TB and my hands on experience has not been disappointing.
#4 - All things considered the TB was a better "value" considering $$$ to cc/hp/ft.lbs./standard accessories.
#5 - I like the simplistic, somewhat "raw", classic look of the TB
#6 - It is more stable, balanced and maneuverable than other bikes I tried or own.
#7 - The Triumph dealer is 5 miles from my house.
#8 - The Honda, HD, Vicotory and Suzuki dealers I shopped seriously were either full of bs, bored, smart asses, or uninformed.
#9 - The dealer had a choice on the showroom floor or a Blue&White, Red SE, or Black Glossy. Clearly the Blue&White is the best looking and fastest!
#10 - My neighbor has a HD; I had to have a better bike!

See, we're not all bad - go buy a Thunderbird - lighten up - and come join in on the fun here!

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No need to be offended as that was not my intent; there are numerous others comenting on this thread besides you; my remark was a general one and not a PM to you. We tend to have a little fun here, and as much as anything I was pointing out that your question will elicited a biased response.
In an attempt to erase any bad feelings I'll give you my reasons for selecting the TB over the competion which is what I think you intended:
#1 - I don't want to ride a "me too" status symbol so HD was out.
#2 - In my oppinion Victory is a newcomer and doesn't have the solid history of some other brands. Plus their sense of style is a little funky in my oppinion.
#3 - Both HD and Vic, again in my opinion only, are not on the cutting edge bike engineering; I like what I've read re Triumph and the TB and my hands on experience has not been disappointing.
#4 - All things considered the TB was a better "value" considering $$$ to cc/hp/ft.lbs./standard accessories.
#5 - I like the simplistic, somewhat "raw", classic look of the TB
#6 - It is more stable, balanced and maneuverable than other bikes I tried or own.
#7 - The Triumph dealer is 5 miles from my house.
#8 - The Honda, HD, Vicotory and Suzuki dealers I shopped seriously were either full of bs, bored, smart asses, or uninformed.
#9 - The dealer had a choice on the showroom floor or a Blue&White, Red SE, or Black Glossy. Clearly the Blue&White is the best looking and fastest!
#10 - My neighbor has a HD; I had to have a better bike!

See, we're not all bad - go buy a Thunderbird - lighten up - and come join in on the fun here!
I will have to argue #9 as we all know silver with the black stripe is faster and we all dont like blue/white!

As I stated before I cant compare the victory to the thunderbird but I did spend considerable time and miles testing all the various HD's and find the Thunderbird to be a much better bike.
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#8 - The Honda, HD, Vicotory and Suzuki dealers I shopped seriously were either full of bs, bored, smart asses, or uninformed.
I found pretty much the same thing ... that and they had a lot of reasons / excuses as to why it wasn't possible for me to take a bike out for a test ride.

The Triumph dealer was down to earth. I had done my homework thanks to this forum, and tried to set him up to BS me (Hey, you ever see little coolant leaks with the Tbird? ) but he was honest and patient.

Before I went in, I stopped a couple of riders as they were leaving the garage area with bikes that had obviously been looked at or had maintenance done on them and I asked them about the dealership. Both said they would never go anywhere else, which boosted my confidence even further.

But the big thing was ... he had half a dozen Triumphs gassed up and ready to ride, and he said "Take out whatever you like. And when you're done, then come talk to me."

I loved them all, but the Tbird fit me like I was born for it.

I bought my bike that very day. Never regretted it ... even when I had to take the bike in with a complimentary tiny coolant leak!

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

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Last night I watched a movie called "One Week" about a guy who learns he has cancer and buys an old Norton and rides across Canada. (Not a bad movie actually!)

Made me think about this thread...

In one scene, Ben (the main character who is engaged to be married) meets a guy at a hotel who tells him he's been happily married for 25 years. Ben asks him 'How did you know she was the one?' The guy responds "If you have to ask that question, you already know the answer. But you knew that."

I never felt compelled to ask myself that question about my wife (17 great years and counting) ... and I never had to ask it about my Thunderbird either.

Get out there and test ride the Victory and then the Tbird. If you ain't feeling it, keep looking.

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The man above me knows what he is talking about.
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I had a 2009 HD Dyna low rider and test rode a 2008 HD Heritage Softail and Fat Bob. The softail was seriously lacking power and didn't handle well. The lowrider caused my ears to hurt when stopped at the lights. The TB is smooth, more powerful and handles much better than the HDs. I also don't like the whole HD culture and image. Needed something different. However, I do like the styling of the Softail better with the V-Twin chrome look. The Victory's look good too but can't comment on the ride. I did run into a guy riding the Victory 8-ball and he just loved it. Looked cool too all in black.

And TB blue with white stripe is the fastest.
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And TB blue with white stripe is the fastest.

Indeed it is!

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And TB blue with white stripe is the fastest.
I agree with everything else you said, except this. Obviously silver is the fastest color. You best check you facts.
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