Main Motorcycle: Triumph Thunderbird Storm
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
The noise was there when I bought it but it was only a 5 minute ride home so figured it was "normal" for a Triumph. After taking a longer ride I had no choice in my mind but to compare it to all the other bikes I've owned and just wasn't comfortable with a bike making those kinds of noises. Intermittent noises drive me nuts as I can't help but wonder WHY they're intermittent and not there all the time. Tried neutral revving, different rev ranges, etc.. That dam clacking just showed up when it felt like it, usually right before a shift but also sitting at a stop light, go figure. After the Dealer worked on it a NEW noise/vibration presented itself in the bottom end that I could feel through the left floorboard. That was NOT there in the short time I had it before returning it to the dealer. Mind you, I did return it with only 20 miles ridden, that's how much these noises were bothering me. I didn't want to continue riding it for fear of damaging it further.
I did also get my trade value back which I'm "ok" with. When I bought the Honda I got a great deal through a private buyer so I wasn't really out anything even with the dealer's trade in price. Unfortunately they had sold it or I would have gladly taken it back.
While it was in the shop I found another deal on a Honda Shadow ACE Tourer so picked that up. 33k miles and just like the Honda, runs like a well oiled sewing machine. No noises, vibrations, top end noise, bottom end noise, bottom end vibration, etc etc.. I count myself lucky in that the Dealer returned my money on a used machine, I know of ones out there that wouldn't have.