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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-06-2012, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Any difference in size of original T-bird and Storm?

I saw a blue and white striped T-bird parked outside a coffee shop today, and just stood there admiring it! It just looked HUGE. Had a regular windshield, big crash bars and side bags, but it just looked massive. My first immediate thought was that I don't think I can handle this bike....and I'm a 6"1', 215 lb athletic guy.

The guy who owned it was right behind me and was kind enough to chat for 15-20 mins. Told me if I'm not used to cruisers, I shouldn't buy a T-bird (Storm) as my first bike.

Any suggestion from the experienced riders here?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-06-2012, 06:23 PM
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Ok all of you muscle men. Full Disclosure: I'm overweight, 5'10.5, 32 inseam, and getting weaker the older I get. I've been riding a short time, not quite two years. The Storm is easy for me to handle. IMO, handles much better than my America did.

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I've owned ten motorcycles in the last three years. The Thunderbird handles better and easier than any of them. The only one that came close was a Yamaha 1900 Roadliner. with a similar low center of gravity, but it wasn't very close.
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I am 5'3" 29 " inseam a 150 lbs and I have absolutely no problem handling my Tbird. I say if you want a Tbird buy it, you will not have any trouble handling the size of the bike. If you want the 1700 go for it, I have the SE with the 1600 and honestly I just don't have the need for the 1700 upgrade. I get great fuel mileage and I have plenty of power. I purchased my bike March 2011 and it now has 21, 000 on the clock. So I do put in some seat time on the bike.

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The size and weight of the Thunderbird is deceptive, as it is easier to ride than it appears. My last bike weighed about 150 lbs. less, and was 500 cc's less, and it was harder to handle than the Thunderbird.
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I am a new owner of a storm and find the handling exceptional you will have no problems
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-07-2012, 01:31 PM
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Everyones experiance is different. Sometimes inproper rideing technique will lead soemone to feel a bike is heavy when if they would take the time to learn good low speed rideing the same bike wont.
My guess is the person you were talking to isnt as good of a rider as they think or is trying to guestamete your ability based on (first BIke questions) many people belive the first bike should be real small no matter what.

So with that being said, I dont see why your size would prohibit you from the thunderbird. I am 6'2" and about 212lbs and find the thunderbird just about perfect for me. However your skill level will have to be coinsidered and this is something I cant do on a computer. Its also something i wouldnt base on the time you have been rideing but rather how well you can ride/handle a bike that I personally see you ride! Then and only then could I make a comparrison based on your size-vs-bike-vs-experiance and state weather or not its a good fit for you.

based on past experiance helping new riders My first instinct would be to say no its not a good first bike but as in the past there is always the exception!

So let us have the info needed to help you better. How long have you been rideing? what have you ridden? have you had any professional training? Do you have good long term riders to help you along the way? If so what bikes have they recomended as your first bike?
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paulfun has it nailed...it's not your size that should prohibit you from owning a TBird (especially since, as far as that goes, I would think just about any adult can reasonably hand this low-lying albeit heavy cycle) but rather your skill level. For someone who has never ridden before, it is a good first bike? Perhaps. With proper training it can be...if you're willing to make the investment in your skill set.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-07-2012, 06:45 PM
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You should take a test drive, try something smaller like an america too. See what you feel most comfortable with.

If your after a big cruiser you'll not find a better handling bike than the Thunderbird, storm or otherwise.

It's about what you feel you can safely handle, training will help your confidence and ability to handle the bike when things go wrong.
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