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post #1 of 120 (permalink) Old 12-19-2011, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thunderbird or Victory?

Hello, all! Curious as to your opinions and feedback on my "dilemma": I'm relatively new to the motorcycling world, having only been riding for 3 years. I started out on a small 125 scooter, moved up to a Suzuki Burgman 400, and for the past year have been on a Honda Shadow Aero 750. I've put about 6k on it this year. I'm ready to move up again, and have narrowed my search to essentially 3 bikes: the Harley Softail, the Victory Kingpin, and the Triumph Thunderbird.

Over the past couple of weeks, I test-rode a Softail, as well as a new Kingpin. I liked both, and while I think the Softail has the ultimate "look" for a cruiser (what can I say...I'm a sucker for flared-fenders and whitewalls!) I favored the Kingpin's ride. I'm looking for "used". The Softail is way at the top-end of my $$$, so for value and ride, I'm leaning towards the Victory.

I've also done a test-ride of the Triumph America. I basically liked it (although I wasn't keen on the handle-bar position) but I think after a year or so, I might be in the same position as the one I'm in now, which is a search for more "cc's". My problem is, I can't find a used T-bird to test-ride! I'd love to be able to round out my comparison-study, but the only thing available to me locally is a new Storm, which may be a bit out of the budget, as well. (a dealer in PGH has a used T-bird, but I can't get him to call me back!) So.....I'm curious if there are any Victory riders out there (or ex-Victory riders, as the case might be) who can offer up some comparison-insights of the T-bird vs the Kingin? Thanks!
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Forget the America its a totaly different bike to the Thunderbird . Yes you would be looking to upgrade again in a couple of weeks.

Appart from that I cant help sorry. Two wheels are two wheels and you go with what you like . At the end of the day we are all brothers on the road no matter what we ride so whatever you decided...

..Ride safe shiney side up and rubber side down and good luck.
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If you have an interst in the thunderbird I would suggest you take a test ride on one before making a decision. Even if its the storm it will give you a good feel for the reg thunderbird as they both handle the same.

As said before it really dosnt matter what you buy to us but to not ride something you have an interest in and buy a bike you later find to be second or third best because it was easyer is insane!

I cant compare the victory to the thunderbird but I can tell you that none of the softails I rode put a smile on my face like the thunderbird does!!

Good luck with your search!
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Have you checked with your local dealer to see if they have a demo bike? That's what I did and they had one...unless you're saying they didn't have one, I don't see any reason you would need to test ride a used one.

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I got my Thunderbird about a week before they officially released it and found it to be the best bike I have ridden in 50 years of riding. I rode a Victory for around 50 miles and it is a nice bike. It has the best seat I have ever sat on. My TBird has noticebly more power, handles better, stops better and there is no way I would trade. Triumph did an amazing job developing the Thunderbird. Harley? I don't think so, but many people love them. The fit and finish is excellent as is the resale value. The initial price is way out of line. The power is laughable and the handling not so good. If you just want to ride from bar to bar and be seen, go for it.

Ride the Thunderbird then make your decision.
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Ok here it goes i've ridden the the victory at best its average,does nothing that well i was kind of disappointed, the motor company has nothing to worry about as far as competion. i loved the bird can't say enough good things about it! its smooth, fast and god does it handle one test ride youll be hooked!..............sandman
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I traded a Harley Dyna on my Tbird. The Harley is the slowest and bulkiest, the Vic is #2 and the Tbird without a doubt was #1. But the Victory is not a bad bike. Except just not a good as the Triumph IMO. You have 3 dealers within 35 miles of you so see what they have. But, I doubt they will have any used ones plus even if they did I doubt they would let you ride one in all of the salt.

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one other thing...

At 5' 9", I did sit on a Rocket III at my dealer. I really like the "look" of the Rocket, as compared to the T-birds I've seen on line. But my feet wouldn't land flat on the ground, and that concerned me. (funny...the guy at the dealership even said, "This bike is so heavy I don't even like to move it around!"
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At 5' 9", I did sit on a Rocket III at my dealer. I really like the "look" of the Rocket, as compared to the T-birds I've seen on line. But my feet wouldn't land flat on the ground, and that concerned me. (funny...the guy at the dealership even said, "This bike is so heavy I don't even like to move it around!"
I had a Rocket before the TBird and I really liked it. Once it gets moving, and not that fast, the weight seems to disappear quickly. I have a 25" inseam and had no problem with it, except pushing it backward was a pain except on flat pavement. If I were still riding long distances I would still have it.
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I was all set to buy a thunderbird and then i saw the rocket 3 touring...........man do i love this bike........sandman
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