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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-28-2012, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Question How does the TBird do on dirt/unpaved roads?

Anyone who's spent much time riding their Thunderbird on unpaved roads,I would really appreciate hearing how it goes.

Here in Northern NSW Australia I often need to spend some time on gravel roads to get where I'm going and I'm wondering if I should consider a Bonneville rather than the TBird.

I guess Ikon progressive shocks might help?

Also a more general question; How well does the TBird do the job as a daily commuter, run to the shops collect child etc?

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I really wouldnt want to ride mine on gravel roads. I have a gravel driveway about 1/2 mile then an other tar and chip road out to the pavement. The bike dosnt do bad on that but it is heavy and for me a heavy bike isnt what you want for gravel only roads.

As far as using it to run all my errands and pick up some groceries its great. with a backrest and the trunk rack I dont just stop for one or two items. I actually get my groceries and bring them home.
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I would bet a lighter bike and maybe consider an on/off road combination tire with a bit more aggressive tread.
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It sounds like the Tiger would be a better choice for you than the Thunderbird.
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Just purchased a TBird after owning ( still do ) an America. I have done a fair bit of gravel on the America and only a little bit on the TB. So far the TB feels more stable at low speeds so would assume it will be better at speed. My driveway is gravel ( less than 1/2 km). The only problem i have come up against is when you go from the tarmac to the gravel when pulling over. Because of the weight, you need to take a bit more care than on a Bonnie. A totally different bike and a superior riding experience on the Thunderbird. IMHO.
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Thanks for all your comments, I traded in my R1200GS for the TBird today so we will see how it goes. Thanks for your positive comment Moses62, that was good news. I am well experienced on gravel roads with the GS +8 years so if the TBird doesn't have any inherent gravel road nastiness in it, your comment gives me hope that I can manage.

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Hey Gold, with all those magnificent roads around your neck of the woods, why would you go near gravel?
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We do have awesome roads around here, but we like to travel and camp at various National Parks etc. Often the roads in the National Parks are gravel... and of course while travelling it is difficult to resist visiting places of natural beauty like waterfalls, remote beaches etc. which also take us on gravel roads at times.

Loving the Tbird so far on short local jaunts, looking forward to hitting the long road soon!

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I've done gravel roads on my Sprint and my bonnie so it should be fine.
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Thanks for all the input on this subject as I am experiencing the same dilemma. As I posted on my first post, I am looking at the 01-06 955i Tiger's, the R1150GS, both Suzuki V-Stroms, and the 1986-90 Harley EVO XLH's. I like the looks of the 96-04 T-Bird's and Harley's best.
I am plaining on riding 90% back roads and the rest gravel/dirt roads when one comes up that looks interesting.
How does the T-Bird feel and handle on gravel/dirt roads and what mods would help to make it a better all-rounder?

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