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post #71 of 120 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 01:27 PM
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Excellent! I see Victories all the time and rarely see another TBird. I'd kind of like to keep it that way.

If you need constant validation of your decision, by all means buy a Harley!
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i was at the same point when i bought my tbird and i can easilly say the tbird was the best of the 3 bikes for me, i bought it on the spot, i like the modification side of things and there isint a strong aftermarket for the tbird yet
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some good offers on victory services up here but id buy the tbird every time
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re: Thunderbird or Victory?

I hope to own one some day, and I appreciate all the comments. As I said, at this point in time, it was a bit of a "financial" decision. But, as my pop says, "all good tot hose who wait".

That being said:

<Excellent! I see Victories all the time and rarely see another TBird. I'd kind of like to keep it that way.>

Sorry, but that's just a strange and ridiculous comment. Whatever. But that's ok. I'll still 'wave' as I pass.
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I hope to own one some day, and I appreciate all the comments. As I said, at this point in time, it was a bit of a "financial" decision. But, as my pop says, "all good tot hose who wait".

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<Excellent! I see Victories all the time and rarely see another TBird. I'd kind of like to keep it that way.>

Sorry, but that's just a strange and ridiculous comment. Whatever. But that's ok. I'll still 'wave' as I pass.
I think it's valid: we don't all want to ride cookie cutter bikes. I'm sure all Triumph riders wave though

Good luck getting your bike! Waiting can be tough.
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I think it's valid: we don't all want to ride cookie cutter bikes. I'm sure all Triumph riders wave though

Good luck getting your bike! Waiting can be tough.
Yep, I made the comment and you're right. I wave to everyone and think they should ride what they want. But, in Daytona about 9 in 10 bikes are Harleys, and I don't want to ride a conformist bike, whether I like Harleys or not is beyond the point.

Many people buy Harleys because that's what everyone else rides. I buy what I happen to perceive to be the best value, highest quality and best performing bike for the money. I think that's a little more of an intelligent way to go about it.

Enjoy whatever you ride, and I'll be happy to wave as you go by.
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Yep, I made the comment and you're right. I wave to everyone and think they should ride what they want. But, in Daytona about 9 in 10 bikes are Harleys, and I don't want to ride a conformist bike, whether I like Harleys or not is beyond the point.

Many people buy Harleys because that's what everyone else rides. I buy what I happen to perceive to be the best value, highest quality and best performing bike for the money. I think that's a little more of an intelligent way to go about it.

Enjoy whatever you ride, and I'll be happy to wave as you go by.
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Buying a HD is the easy decision for some - everyone has one, so no thought required - just follow the herd.
Buying a Vicotory means you're not a "comformist" - that's a start!
Those of us who have "been there" considered performance, style and value, and then picked the Triump Thunderbird.
It's a personal decision and I hope yours works out well for you.
Good luck, have fun, and perhaps sometime you'll reconsider and join with us in a great riding experience.

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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Yep, I made the comment and you're right. I wave to everyone and think they should ride what they want. But, in Daytona about 9 in 10 bikes are Harleys, and I don't want to ride a conformist bike, whether I like Harleys or not is beyond the point.

Many people buy Harleys because that's what everyone else rides. I buy what I happen to perceive to be the best value, highest quality and best performing bike for the money. I think that's a little more of an intelligent way to go about it.

Enjoy whatever you ride, and I'll be happy to wave as you go by.
Not everyone who buys a Harley buys it because they want to conform. I'm sure there are plenty of guys who compare features, mechanical specs, and price, and choose a Harley because they perceive it to be the best value for their hard earned money.

On the other hand you have stated that you don't want to ride a Harley because you don't want to ride a conformist bike. So if you truly do go for what you perceive to be the best value, highest quality and best performing bike for the money as you have stated, then don't you have to include Harley Davidson when you are shopping? To exclude them simply on the basis of being conformist seems to me to be no better than a Harley guy who buys only Harley because he must conform.
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From my perspective, of course one should consider a Harley in the mix, the point is if originality and uniqueness is one of the factors considered, then a Harley comes up short in that category.
Value is another category where in my oppinion it's tough for Harley's to compete.
So we're down to quality and performance; if you determine the Thunderbird to be competive or superior in either of those, it wins the comparison.
In my oppinion the performance of the stock TB is superior to a stock comparable HD. I'll call the quality issue a draw, so the Thunderbird wins. By the way, when it comes to quality, I think the fact that the Thunderbird is an entirely new concept and has been in production for less than five years is a factor to be considered. I hold a product that has been in commercial production for many years to a higher standard. BTW, that should also be a factor in price which contributes to value.
Again, this is my perspective only; they're all good rides and worthy of a friendly wave!

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