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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 03-09-2012, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all! First off let me say that I am new to the forum and have already learned a lot. I am also looking for my first road bike.
A little background, I'm 45 years old and haven't ridden a motorcycle since I was a teenager riding dirt bikes.
I'm not a huge fan of Harley's and and it seems like the the metric cruisers are a dime dozen. I love the look of the Triumphs cruisers and also the fact that you don't see one on every corner.
Here's my problem. I was set on getting an America. Thinking an 800-900 cc would be a good starting point, but when I sat on it I felt cramped, I'm 6'3" and 230lbs. I sat on the Thunderbird and it felt great. My question is would the ThunderBird be too much bike for me and my novice skills (I'm going to take a safety course, btw). So what do you guys think. Get the T-Bird or look for another 800-900 cc bike?

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I was in nearly the same boat as you...

...I just started riding two years ago. I'm almost 42. Yes, midlife crisis.

Anyway...

I took a safety course, passed and got my license. I started with a used Honday Shadow Aero - 750. I outgrew that thing inside of 6 months.

So, like you, I started shopping. I quickly realized I wanted a Triumph. Much because of the same reasons you specify.

I'm 6'0 and at the time I was around 225. I was thinking I would go with the SpeedMaster. I went to a Triumph Demo Day and road the America, SpeedMaster, Tbird and Tbird Storm. And let me tell you, I fell in love with the Tbird.

It is NOT too much, trust me. Because now, having upgraded, it's easy peasy lemon squeezy my man.

If you get the smaller bike, especially at your size, you will wish you started with the Tbird.

Take the class though, get your legs back.

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You are not a new rider. Sure it has been a long time, but I think you will find that it will all come back to you. If you had never ridden before I would start smaller, but that isn't you. If the Thunderbird feels right when you are sitting on it then maybe it is the right bike for you. Just take it easy on the throttle for a while.
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Agree. I too had mid life crisis last year. Took the class and started on an America. Don't get me wrong it is a lovely bike and is very easy to handle. After a few thousand miles I rode the Storm and upgraded the next week. Just felt so much better. Good luck with the class and start picking out which Tbird you should get.


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Get the Thunderbird. Once you've taken the class, you'll out-grow the America in less than a tank of fuel. I'm 6'4" 215lbs, Thunderbird fits like a glove, and rides and handles better than my Super Glide ever did.
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Thunderbird - you already know you feel cramped on the America and the T-Bird fits you well so you should be able to perform better on it. It's exceptionally well balanced and after the safety course you should fine. Like Lantesh says, you're not a new rider, you're just a rusty rider. Have fun!

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Thanks for the responses everyone. I'm just a little gun shy about getting such hoss of a bike like the Bird. Like I said I thought the America/Speedmaster was the bike I was going to get. When I got to the Triumph dealer he told me to sit on the ThunderBird. My first thought was no way, too big of a bike for my limited skills, but I sat on it and WOW it felt right and I was standing the bike up with no problem. I then went and sat on the America and my first thought was that I felt cramped and squeezed on the bike. The dealership manager said the same before I even mentioned anything about it. Of course he maybe just trying to sell a bike.
I know I haven't ridden a motorcycle in many, many years and never a road bike, but I know my limitations and am well past my 20's and the need to go mach 3 everywhere I go. Call me crazy but I think I may, just maybe might be able to keep from killing myself if I get this bike, lol. I tell you it's such a beautiful bike and I just can't stop thinking about it. Thanks for all your comments and please keep them coming and any other tips you may think of.

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Thanks for the responses everyone. I'm just a little gun shy about getting such hoss of a bike like the Bird. Like I said I thought the America/Speedmaster was the bike I was going to get. When I got to the Triumph dealer he told me to sit on the ThunderBird. My first thought was no way, too big of a bike for my limited skills, but I sat on it and WOW it felt right and I was standing the bike up with no problem. I then went and sat on the America and my first thought was that I felt cramped and squeezed on the bike. The dealership manager said the same before I even mentioned anything about it. Of course he maybe just trying to sell a bike.
I know I haven't ridden a motorcycle in many, many years and never a road bike, but I know my limitations and am well past my 20's and the need to go mach 3 everywhere I go. Call me crazy but I think I may, just maybe might be able to keep from killing myself if I get this bike, lol. I tell you it's such a beautiful bike and I just can't stop thinking about it. Thanks for all your comments and please keep them coming and any other tips you may think of.

Thanks,
Mutt
I'm assuming you went to Charlotte BMW-Triumph-Ducati. I have bought three bikes there in the past couple of years. Currently I ride a Tbird. The people there are really great. I don't know who you talked to but I don't think they would put you on a bike they didn't think was right for you.
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Get the Tbird. No doubt about it. I'm 5'10" and ride one, it's so well-balanced with low COG and easy to ride. I used to have a Rocket 3 and i could control it, so you will have NO trouble with the Tbird. NONE!
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I agree that the Tbird is very easy to control because it is so low. When I first started riding I sat on a sportster a few days before I took the MSF course. I thought no way could I handle a bike this big. It seemed overwhelming. I bought a sportster soon after my course and a month later I sold it for a bigger bike. My recommendation is to buy the bike you want but be very patient when you start riding it. Find a big empty parking lot (schools on weekends are good) or a park and ride it there. Maybe even have an experienced friend bring it to the parking lot for you and then you can get on and practice.
On the other hand I can tell you I also owned a Bonneville up until a few weeks ago as a second bike. That bike was so easy to ride and an absolute blast.
Now that I confused you, good luck!
As I said previously, the guys at the dealership will be very useful. I recommend Greg or Barry.
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