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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-02-2012, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thunderbird vs Storm

Hello all,
I've been considering either the Thunderbird or the Storm for purchase in the next 3 months or so. Here's my question to the group; 1- is there any difference between the dealer installed big bore kit and the factory 1700 In the Storm? I would love to say I have total faith in the dealer to install the kit with the same care and precision that the factory does but I'm not sure I'm comfortable with my dealer doing the work - any opinions on this? The reason I ask is because I prefer some of the other color schemes and general apperance of the Thunderbird over the Storm.

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I have read rumors here and elsewhere that the cams might be different, but I have never seen any proof of this.
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My understanding is they are the same. My first test ride was on a storm and my very next ride was on the reg thunderbird with the 1700cc kit installed within 5 min of each other and I couldnt tell any difference in performance between them.

Like you I wasnt big on the blacked out look of the storm so i wanted the reg bird with some color and chrome on it.
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I bought the regular Tbird when faced with the same question this past summer. Here's my reasoning: I wanted to stretch out the enjoyment of this bike as long as possible!

What I didn't like about the regular Tbird compared to the Storm were small things ... too much chrome for my taste, single weak chrome headlight, and its 100cc less than the Storm.

So, I bought it! Why? Because...

1) Its an incredible bike. The little things I don't like are insignificant.

2) It gives me small projects to do along the way in the winter time. I'm not a mechanic, so de-chroming a bike is a great past time. I've powdercoated a bunch of my chrome black, painted some, Plasti-Dipped some ... and its looking much better

I powdercoated the headlight black, installed an aftermarket PIAA bulb and installed my own Motolights from motolight.com. I learned a lot and now have superior lighting to the Storm.

Had I bought a matte black Storm, I would have had nothing to do to it!

3) It was cheaper than the Storm. Enough said.

4) I have great upgrades to look forward to. I'm ordering short TORS this week, and next year I plan on getting the BB Kit.

I like having things to look forward to - it extends the enjoyment of my experience. In the past when I've bought what I thought was the 'perfect' bike, I was always disappointed ... because, duh, there ain't no such thing. Much better to buy a bike that you can make your own.

Its taken me around 40 years, but here's what I have learned: Personalization provides much more satisfaction than trying to purchase ready-made 'perfection'.

Good luck with your decision!

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I like the way you think! Savor the experience; don't rush into things!

There once were two bulls standing on a hilltop looking down at the pasture below. The young bull said to the old bull, "let's run down there and "meet" one of those heifers!" The old bull turned and said to the young bull, "patience son, let's walk down there and "meet" them all...".

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hehe... you have aptly chosen your name then, oldgreybull!

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...............I gotta say that, for years the bike manufacturers have been charging a premium for that fancy chrome and polished paint jobs ! I ,for one ,have grown sort of fond of the good looking paint and bright chrome that sets a bike off rather nicely.
..After years of subscribing to this philosophy and spending a "pot full" of money in pursuit of a shiny bike , I hate to see those black,drab machines that obviously cost less to produce being touted as "the in thing" and being sold for as much as the fancy chromed ones.
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...........and there you have an old guy's opinion of flat black and exorbitant prices ! YEAH for the Thunderbird !
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BTW--the cams are supposed to differ in the Storm !

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I've never rode a storm , but i have owned a t bird , and the only thing i can say is that regards the extra 100cc , it don't matter because given two riders with similar skills , one would NEVER leave the other behind .

The t bird does offer more color variety , and a hopeless headlight , but if you like the black and want the extra power , go the storm , personaly i decided my two bikes were two similar , T bird and a rocket , iu sold my t bird and kept the rocket , it can do anything the t bird does only with a lot more grunt .

For a second bike i'm looking for a good bonnie or sprint . something complety different not similar
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I was having the same problem when I wanted to purchase my TBird. But unlike most of you I was wanting something different than all of the chrome. I liked the dual headlights for not only looks but for safety. I've always liked as much power as I could get and wasn't keen on tearing the bike down to upgrade the motor so obviously I chose the Storm. Interestingly enough though I wasn't 100% sure even after I told the dealer I'd take it that I made the right choice with the blacked out look. But after getting it home and on the road I love it. I have had so many positive comments about the bike from not only bikers but from non bikers about the bike and the look. I think because it's just different. First it's not a Harley and then the blacked out scheme and most if all its a Triumph!! I have had absolutely no problems with my bike. It's an awesome ride.

With regards to Coneye's post above: if you want something completely different try a Street Triple! Just bought one for something different. It is a blast. Way too much fun!!

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I got the Tbird because much like a fish...I am attracted to shiny metallic objects...
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