Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: Thunderbird 1600
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: New Zealand
Good reviews, I have a Speedmaster, which I like but looking for something a bit bigger, so in a similar situation.
Looking at the T-Bird, Victory Highball & HD Street Bob, so was also interested in those who had came from those bikes or were / had gone to them, quite a few twisties where I live so was interested to hear that the victory handled better. Doing the obvious test rides though, BUT.
There is only one victory dealer in NZ and they are an 8 hour drive away, so need to wait a while till I get up there. Also there are not that many used Victory highballs here so may be a long wait for one to come along as buying a new bike in NZ is a lot of $$$.
NZ price of new Highball - $22,226 USD (used $16,500 USD)
NZ price of new T-Bird 1600cc ABS Two-tone - $19,925 USD (used $16,500 USD, 2 yo)
NZ price of new Street Bob - $20,173 USD (used $16,500 USD, 2 yo)
so think youselves lucky that you are in a bigger market.
Have the triumph in my blood (and its an easier trade- in, which is tempting and there is a used Triumph coming in to the shop next week) but I really like the form of the softail highball – why can’t triumph do a low slung bobber with some lines like that? There frames used to be rigid back in the day
Had a test ride on a Street Bob and have to say I was a bit under whelmed, it didn’t give me the big grin factor that I thought, but it was raining so handling wouldn’t have been as good as normal?
In the end it really has to come down to handling and reliability