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post #31 of 65 (permalink) Old 02-23-2012, 12:41 AM
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Herbkell, your response is appreciated. It sounds like how I will feel about the comparison. Though I suspect that I'll like the look of my Storm in its own way. Thanks for your thoughts.


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Deanno I think it is safe to say that you are going to miss your America to some degree. That is normal. I miss every old bike and car I've ever owned, because each one holds memories. What you need to decide is whether or not you are going to like the ride and handling of the Thunderbird better than the America. If you do than the sacrifice is worth it.
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Good advice, Lantesh. Thanks to all for their thoughts.


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Had a blue and white for two years. Agree with you on the chrome issue..Traded for a new Storm a few weeks ago....Issue solved!!!! Unfortunately, blue bird wouldn't look that good if you replaced some of the chrome with Storm black pieces...
2. Good point about the attitude...I find myself caught up in it at times...can't help myself. Tbird absolutely the best motorcycle I have owned in my 40 or so years of riding..but I do try and respect everyones choice of ride...After all, we all ride for different reasons and that is what is important....If I didn't ride I am sure I would be in some therapist's office trying to figure out why my dog hates me!!
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Great bike!

First Triumph was a cast-iron T100 Tiger in 1956. 2nd was a T120 Bonnie in late 1959. Had a BSA 500cc single in between so I am now on Triumph #4 covering a half-century (but who's counting?).

Got about 10k on my 2010 SE (1700) now. Bought it in late Oct '10, so it sat most of the winter. This past summer put over 8500 on it between April and October - virtually 100% of that in the North GA, western NC and eastern TN "twisties". Multiple trips to Asheville, the Dragon Raid in Sept and the Cherohala 4 times. I do VERY LITTLE 4-lane or interstate riding - much prefer the "goat tracks".

It was a handful at first coming from an '06 America, but I love it. Only issues I have had were: a loose ground on the ABS ECM that was a result of a maintenance guy not getting everything tight, the recall on the front fender bolts and a squeaky belt resulting from a "belt adjustment" during a tire change. Of course, it took 3 more trips to "adjust" the squeak back out. Nothing like listening to that during the entire week of the Dragon Raid.

Only thing I'm upset about is tire wear - especially on the rear. Got 6K out of the original rear and about 8k out of the front. Maybe someone else (Avon?) will come along and tool up for this size, giving Metzeler some competition. I hate not being kissed first and they are really screwing us on the price of these tires. I'd trade a little "sticky" for a little better mileage.

At 72 years of age have a problem keeping up with all the other guys on their Bonnies, Thruxtons, Tigers, Speed Triples, etc., but that's OK. My position is: "I'm so far behind I think I'm first".
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I have only done about 1500km on my TBird, but I can already say I love this bike and have no regrets. I have been riding for 35 years and have owned 14 bikes including Honda, Suzuki, BSA, Kawasaki, Buell and BMW... This rates as probably my favourite bike of the lot, although I still think the BMW R1200 was a better bike in almost all respects. The problem with the BMW was that as good as it is, it doesn't have the character to instill a love for it. It is excellent, but "dry", in true German fashion.

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cappybs, at 72 I am impressed that not only are you still riding, but that you can still handle a heavy bike like the Thunderbird. I can only hope that when I am your age that I can still do it as well.
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2. Good point about the attitude...I find myself caught up in it at times...can't help myself. Tbird absolutely the best motorcycle I have owned in my 40 or so years of riding..but I do try and respect everyones choice of ride...
If only we could all learn to be more like those kinder, gentler HD riders...
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