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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thunderbird vs. Storm

Hi, I'm new to this forum. I've been riding for about 5 years now. I've wanted a Thunderbird since I first saw it 2 years ago. I took a Thunderbird Storm out for a demo last year, and fell in love with it. My question is, is there any difference in handling between a Thunderbird, and a thunderbird Storm? I know the Storm is different stylistically, and has a bigger engine. But does it feel any different in corners or turns?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 07:15 PM
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It is more preference on style.

The regular Tbird with big bore kit is equivalent to the Storm. They are both great.

My choice was the Storm but cannot go wrong either way.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 11:51 PM
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I wouldn't imagine there'd be any difference in handling. They're built on the same frame with (I believe) the same tires. The differerences are cosmetic (blacked-out vs. chrome), 100cc's, the headlight configuration, and different handlebars. The bars might make it feel a bit different in cornering and handling, I suppose, but it'd be more a subjective difference than an objective one.
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I wouldn't imagine there'd be any difference in handling. They're built on the same frame with (I believe) the same tires. The differerences are cosmetic (blacked-out vs. chrome), 100cc's, the headlight configuration, and different handlebars. The bars might make it feel a bit different in cornering and handling, I suppose, but it'd be more a subjective difference than an objective one.
^^^This sums it up pretty good.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2012, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input. I'm gonna head up to talk to my nearest dealer this afternoon.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-24-2012, 07:33 PM
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started with the 1600, choked when riden swiftly
did the filter and pipes, breathed better

sold it and bought the storm
very similar in many ways to the 1600 but the second biggest difference is power, wouldnt say significant but noticable
biggest difference oddly enough is parting traffic!! for some reason this bike acts like moses and the red sea.
the 1600 was easier and cheaper to insure though. if you have the 1600 and you like it keep it.
if you like riding and less polishing buy the storm
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So if you buy the 1600 and upgrade with the BB kit are you supposed to notify your insurance carrier? I hadn't thought of that until I read your post.

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So if you buy the 1600 and upgrade with the BB kit are you supposed to notify your insurance carrier? I hadn't thought of that until I read your post.
The insurance company goes by the vin code and thats it. Any upgrades (big bore included) will be covered under accesories on your policy so make sure you have them listed and enuf coverage.
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