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Thunderbird vs new Speedmaster

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I have the opportunity to purchase a brand new (in the crate), black Thunderbird LT. I am waffling between this and the new Speedmaster in black. Has anyone had the opportunity to ride both? I really like the Speedmaster, but am concerned it may be too small. The Thunderbird is more expensive by $2000, and discontinued. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Hello all,
I have the opportunity to purchase a brand new (in the crate), black Thunderbird LT. I am waffling between this and the new Speedmaster in black. Has anyone had the opportunity to ride both? I really like the Speedmaster, but am concerned it may be too small. The Thunderbird is more expensive by $2000, and discontinued. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Different ballpark. If you want a real cruiser set up for touring, get the LT. I’ve read here that the SM is not very comfortable.
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I rode a SM at my dealer. great performance but much too compact for me. I have a 2009 America that I find very comfortable. It is significantly more roomy than the new SM. I also have a T-Bird that is the ultimate in comfort IMHO.
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Hello all,
I have the opportunity to purchase a brand new (in the crate), black Thunderbird LT. I am waffling between this and the new Speedmaster in black. Has anyone had the opportunity to ride both? I really like the Speedmaster, but am concerned it may be too small. The Thunderbird is more expensive by $2000, and discontinued. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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I too considered the SM, but after trying both decided on the Thunderbird Storm. I felt the SM was just a little too small for me. I would say it depends on your size, riding experience and what you want from the bike in terms of performance and use.

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Thanks for all the comments. I am really leaning towards the LT. I have found a 2016 LT for sale, that I am going to take a look at to gauge my preference. Quick question. Is it worth going with a new bike (0 miles, 2 year warranty), if I can get a used one with less than 100 miles for 5 grand less? Thanks.

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Thanks for all the comments. I am really leaning towards the LT. I have found a 2016 LT for sale, that I am going to take a look at to gauge my preference. Quick question. Is it worth going with a new bike (0 miles, 2 year warranty), if I can get a used one with less than 100 miles for 5 grand less? Thanks.
The 2016 hasn’t had its first service! Hopefully no one trashed the transmission. When I sold my 2012 TBird, the out of state buyer arranged for my local dealer to check out the bike, at his expense. Doing this could be reassuring, plus, $5K could buy a lot of repairs. Hopefully you can test drive it.
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Id take the 5K and run! Or ride! Whos got a 3 year old bike with under 100 miles! A dealer?
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Thanks for all the comments. I am really leaning towards the LT. I have found a 2016 LT for sale, that I am going to take a look at to gauge my preference. Quick question. Is it worth going with a new bike (0 miles, 2 year warranty), if I can get a used one with less than 100 miles for 5 grand less? Thanks.
Five grand...hmmm, for a hundred miles Id go with the used one, but thats just me.
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If you’re looking at a new TB LT still in the crate and it’s more expensive than the new speedmaster.. I’d walk away. Tbird values are very low and that bird will be worth half of what you paid the minute you drive it off the lot. I think the bird is a far better bike.. as the SM is physically too small. But the TB is also discontinued and that matters to some people - as parts and accessories are harder to find.

If you like the Tbird.. I’d look at a low mileage used one. You’ll prob spend half what you’re gonna spend for either of the new bikes you’re looking at now.
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