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post #21 of 31 (permalink) Old 03-05-2012, 04:24 AM
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i have checked almost all late model triumphs and non of them will fit the tbird
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post #22 of 31 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 08:04 PM
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Hi cappybs - Any luck with the levers?
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Clutch and brake levers - 'T-bird

I have the same problems, made worse by arthritis in the left wrist under the thumb. Working with Mike Selman at BellaCorse, we tried a set from MotoZen that he thought might work, but "no joy". Beautiful pieces and fuly adjustable but had to send them back. He is going to check with a local dealer to see if a set can be made for the 'Bird. These North Georgia and western NC mountains require a fair amount of time in "the friction zone" and cold weather riding with insulated gloves makes this worse.

In the meantime I have received a Moose Racing Easy-Pull Clutch System "thingy". This device is normally used in off-road applications but I am going to take it along with me to the dealership to see if it will work on our bikes. While fairly large and bulky looking, anything that I can do to relieve the amount of pressure required to disengage the clutch would be helpful.

I wonder if maybe enough T'bird riders would send along their thoughts to the manufacturer that they would consider creating an aftermarket set?
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There is very little doubt in my mind that the MotoZen levers fit the Thunderbird 1600. I know that cappy's dealership said no, but I see no signs of these levers even being attempted to be installed. It would not be the first time a dealership told a customer that something bought "elsewhere" would not work.

I blew-off going to my dealer today so I could get a joy ride in (hey, it's been 5 months since the last one). If I can only find a local (Oakland Co. Michigan) TB1600 owner that would allow me to try the levers on, I'd cheerfully would compensate them for their time.
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There is very little doubt in my mind that the MotoZen levers fit the Thunderbird 1600. I know that cappy's dealership said no, but I see no signs of these levers even being attempted to be installed. It would not be the first time a dealership told a customer that something bought "elsewhere" would not work.

I blew-off going to my dealer today so I could get a joy ride in (hey, it's been 5 months since the last one). If I can only find a local (Oakland Co. Michigan) TB1600 owner that would allow me to try the levers on, I'd cheerfully would compensate them for their time.
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Mike, hope you find someone, adjustable levers are on my list.
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FWIW, the MotoZen levers that I had simply will/would not work. Period. And, speaking to the CS people in Newnan is a very frustrating experience at the very least.

So, like a dog with a bone, I think that I managed to track down THE VERY PERSON at the top of the food chain. I called the UK the other day and got managed to get Simon Warburton on the phone. Explained the situation in detail and he understood the issue. I have pasted in below the email response I received the next morning:

From: Simon Warburton [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2012 08:41
To: [email protected]
Cc: Richard Rawlins
Subject: Thunderbird

Hello Bill,

Iíve just spoken to Richard, our Accessories Manager, and heís looking into your request right now.

Regards,

Simon Warburton
Product Manager
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Normandy Way
Hinckley
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Following was my response:

"Hi Simon,

Thank you for the time yesterday and for your thoughtful follow-up.

In our conversation yesterday I mentioned two products. One was the MotoZen levers that I had hoped would work out but, unfortunately, did not fit. This is a link to their site: http://www.bellacorse.com/bcc221.htm.

The other is the Moose Racing Easy Pull Clutch Assembly. I now have one of these and am planning an install very soon. Here is a link to their site: http://www.mooseracing.com/catalog.j...67&startPage=1

Finally, here is a link to the recent thread on the TriumphRat.net forum regarding adjustable lever for the new Thunderbird: https://www.triumphrat.net/thunderbir...ird-storm.html

Thanks again for the courtesy. I hope that the result will be that we can get access to some adjustable levers that we know will fit as a direct bolt-on replacement for the stock version."

Reckon maybe we'll hear something back? Hopefully :-))

Bill
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This morning, I picked up my thunderbird storm, my first cruiser!!! No test drive, just bought it cold - and I love it, BUT - the first thing I noticed was that the clutch has to be brought closer to the bar, and HERE'S THE KICKER - I wear extra large gloves for my long-ass fingers and HAVE NO arthritis problems, and I can't get to the friction zone without feeling like I"m hanging on with my fingernails!!!! So after not being able to find an adjustment, the next thing I do is google "adjustable levers" and found this thread. PLEASE PLEASE TRIUMPH GIVE US SOME ADJUSTABLE LEVERS. I'm coming off of sportsbikes my whole life, and this is unacceptable!
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How are the levers not adjustable on a $15k bike..... I love Triumph...and a Storm or regular T-Bird is in my near future....but REALLY!?...non-adjustable levers....wow
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Since I started this thread, thought I'd provide an update:

At this point I am not aware of anyone who makes a set for our bikes. I have tried to install a Moose Racing Easy Pull Clutch Assembly and that didn't work, either - won't adapt. I was disappointed in that but not surprised, given that it is designed for smaller, off-road bikes. Before that I tried a set of MotoZen levers from Mike Selman at BellaCorse but they would not work and, unfortunately, I had to return them. I think that Mike is still working on this as well.

However, I did make direct phone contact with the following gentleman on March 21, 2012:

Simon Warburton
Product Manager
Triumph Motorcycles Limited
Normandy Way
Hinckley
Leicestershire
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Tel: +44 (0)1455 453174
Mobile: +44 (0)7970 316577
Email: [email protected]

He responded to me with an email on March 22 and also had brought Mr. Richard Rawlins, the Accessories Manager, into the loop. Not having heard anything back from either for the last 2-3 weeks, I just now sent him a follow-up email asking if any progress has been made. I will post updates (if any) as I receive them.

I also mentioned to him that a couple of other features would be really nice to have - especially on the "Big" cruisers (Thunderbird and Rocket III): resurrect the flash-to-pass trigger and offer some type of "real" cruise control (not "Cramp Buster" or "Go Cruise" type aftermarket devices).
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Forgive me all for not reporting back sooner. Just now crawling out from under the bus.

I did get a chance to examine the Thunderbird lever up close (big shoutout to Triumph Detroit for allowing me to do so on their impressive showroom), and I'm afraid that the Thunderbird has an unique clutch lever that does not cross over to any of the know UJM models. And the difference is extremely small. No problem with the brake lever and as far as the clutch lever goes, the width of the pivot bolt boss is just a couple of millimeters different than say a Daytona or Speed Triple lever (I took several to test fit). I knew it would be close based on previous observations.

I'm not going to pursue this any further as my focus is on the smaller twins. Sorry to all who had their hopes up.

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