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post #61 of 65 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 10:04 AM
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I read this thread out of curiosity to see if anyone mentioned the things that I don't like about the Thunderbird. The biggest one is the width of the gas tank. Sitting on the T-bird felt very uncomfortable to me; maybe I would have gotten used to it but this issue made me look at and then buy the America. I wish my America had the greater power of the Thunderbird, but I don't regret staying with the America with its lower weight and narrower gas tank.
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post #62 of 65 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Deanno View Post

I'm about to sell my 2010 America so that I can afford to buy a TB Storm. I'm starting to miss the America even before it's sold. Do any of you TB riders think I'll regret selling my America for a Storm?

Well, I'm a bit late to this thread, so you may have already pulled the trigger.

I have both a 2007 America and a 2010 T-Bird. I am getting ready to sell the America so I can pay off the Bird. It's been great having both bikes for 2 years, but it gets harder and harder to justify paying taxes on and insuring both of them, particularly when I am still paying off the Bird.

I hate selling the America, it's like cutting off my left arm. I wouldn't sell it on the open market, but a buddy of mine has been harassing me to sell him the America since I first got the bird, and he just upped his offer $1,000.

I told him a couple of days ago that I would sell it to him if he committed to getting on it and riding with me to Glacier park and riding the road to the sun. As soon as he gets financing, the bike will be his. I'm savoring a few last rides on it before it goes away, but I have had the Bird for two years and the America for four years, and the Bird has more miles on it - if that tells you anything.

Pull the trigger, get on the Bird, hit the open road, and don't look back.

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post #63 of 65 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 06:03 PM
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Vito. I hear you re. The gas tank first ride. I did the same thing as I switched from the America to my Storm. 3,500 miles later it feels normal. Now I throw a leg over a friends bike and it feels tiny. Certainly liked my America but I love the Storm.

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post #64 of 65 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 10:43 PM
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Thumbs up 2011 T-Bird Storm notes-Country AND Western

1)--I get off on the torque and am confident I will not grow out of this bike!
2)--Bury your butt in the saddle on those leans and twist the throttle and you can't help but smile big!
3)--Rider position/posture/ergonomics were well thought out by the Triumph design people.
4)--Two year manufacturer's warranty is a plus.
5)--Heavy, unless its rolling.
6)--The slightest incline will require quick thinking when parking, even more so when there is a passenger.
7)--Night riding is a gamble, the stock avocado size tail light doesn't cut it, in more dense areas, like my NJ/NY Metro area.
8)--Vibration, none at 4th gear and above, but navigate 25-55mph zones and expect to do a lot of shifting.
9)--As mentioned, the paint scratches much too easily.
10)--When and if you break down, who you gonna call? In my area, it is almost 50 miles between dealerships. The bike is way too heavy to push up a pick-up truck ramp! Plan accordingly.

Disclaimer--Appx 1000 Storm miles ridden, 250/2-stroke MX bikes are my most recent 2-wheel adrenaline pumps, unless we go back to early 1980's Honda CBs.
(I hope someone finds my observations useful)
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post #65 of 65 (permalink) Old 05-06-2012, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by MickeyBoy View Post
I have to say there are two things I have issues with...

2. The snobbishness of some Triumph owners. Yes, it is a great bike but there are many other great bikes out there and our being Triumph owners does not make us a better breed.

Just my humble opinion.
There is no reason for us Triumph owners to think we are better. We have no need to. I believe the bikes prove it themselves.

As far as regrets go: NOPE, not one. Save for like many others that I didn't buy it sooner.


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