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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-24-2019, 01:43 AM
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So was the noise there when you bought it? Bear in mind that parallel twin cylinder big bore motors are inherently noisy and vibrate a bit. They are not smooth like an in-line 4. Harley's vibrate even more due to the desire for their distinctive sound.
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-24-2019, 08:05 PM
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Fizzlesticks, when you say you got your money back what became of your trade in? Did you get the Honda back ?
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post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-25-2019, 08:30 AM
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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.
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I owned a 2010 Thunderbird 1600 and had all the same issues but I must say it never broke down in the two years and 35,000 miles. I to have owned many bikes but the Thunderbird engine was the worst sounding engine “not the exhaust note” I have owned. One other problem I had with my bike was the needle bearings in the cush drive went bad. The dealer sent me new ones and I put them in. Keeping the drive belt in line was a bit of work also. Other than that I loved that bike and still say it was the best and most comfortable bike I have owned to date. Now my 2018 speedmaster is a great bike but with the chain drive, small seat and small fuel tank just not in the same category. I hope Mustang makes a seat soon or I might have Terry’s Custom Seats make me another.
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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-25-2019, 08:39 PM
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I feel the same....best and most comfortable bike i have ever owned. I however have the clack and have had it now for about 53,000 miles of the 73,000 i now have one it. It's definitely not a reliability issue, just annoying. But boy is it ever ! I'm not sure what i'm going to do but i think sometime within the next year i may get rid of it and get one of the 1200 twins. I really don't want to, but with the noise, even tho it's now only about 10% of the time, and the mileage and the fact triumph has already made finding parts hard, i think itl;s time to move on even tho i know i will never find another bike i love so much.

I'm pretty disgusted with the company tho over this bike. They did nothing to resolve the issue then discontinued it and cut parts availability drastically within the year or 2 they've been gone. In the states they are required by law to supply parts for 7 years after production of a model ceases, but they are apparently ignoring he law.

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I owned a 2010 Thunderbird 1600 and had all the same issues but I must say it never broke down in the two years and 35,000 miles. I to have owned many bikes but the Thunderbird engine was the worst sounding engine “not the exhaust note” I have owned. One other problem I had with my bike was the needle bearings in the cush drive went bad. The dealer sent me new ones and I put them in. Keeping the drive belt in line was a bit of work also. Other than that I loved that bike and still say it was the best and most comfortable bike I have owned to date. Now my 2018 speedmaster is a great bike but with the chain drive, small seat and small fuel tank just not in the same category. I hope Mustang makes a seat soon or I might have Terry’s Custom Seats make me another.
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Maybe, but also maybe is that at $30k they may be able to pull it off with a limited edition. If they do bring it back as regular production it would likely be due to demand. .
Looks like there is definitely is a new production Rocket 3 with deliveries commencing in Australia Dec 2019. It is a total horn-bag of a bike with bragging rights written all over it.

Hope therefore remains for a new Thunderbird!

https://www.bikesales.com.au/editori...et-3-gt-119769
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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-05-2019, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Update: Shortly after my original post my "check engine light" came on, I could hardly start and keep the bike running. The bike went into "limp home mode" and I limped home keeping the revs high or it would die. I hauled it to the dealer the next day on June 26. They found a "R/H map sensor hose bad", they replaced both hoses for good measure. While they had the bike I had them perform the 24,000 mile maintenance (ouch). They found the valves needed adjustment with four too loose and one too tight. They replaced 5 valve shims with new ones. In addition everything called for in the manual for this maintenance was done except oil change since I had just changed it myself. After weekly phone calls prodding them to do the work I finally got the bike back one month later on July26. Before the maintenance was performed I still had a ticking noise in the engine although not as bad as it had been but now it is totally gone! I didn't realize how loud it actually was until now with it absent and I only hear the pleasant sound of the engine, exhaust, and tires; and it runs like it had an additional transfusion of horses. My bank account took a hit but now I am all smiles when I ride it.
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Update: Shortly after my original post my "check engine light" came on, I could hardly start and keep the bike running. The bike went into "limp home mode" and I limped home keeping the revs high or it would die. I hauled it to the dealer the next day on June 26. They found a "R/H map sensor hose bad", they replaced both hoses for good measure. While they had the bike I had them perform the 24,000 mile maintenance (ouch). They found the valves needed adjustment with four too loose and one too tight. They replaced 5 valve shims with new ones. In addition everything called for in the manual for this maintenance was done except oil change since I had just changed it myself. After weekly phone calls prodding them to do the work I finally got the bike back one month later on July26. Before the maintenance was performed I still had a ticking noise in the engine although not as bad as it had been but now it is totally gone! I didn't realize how loud it actually was until now with it absent and I only hear the pleasant sound of the engine, exhaust, and tires; and it runs like it had an additional transfusion of horses. My bank account took a hit but now I am all smiles when I ride it.
I'm glad things are working out. As soon as you said "check engine light" came on, I could hardly start and keep the bike running. The bike went into "limp home mode"and I limped home keeping the revs high or it would die I knew it was the MAP tubes. Now you should use small nylon cable ties as clamps on all four connection points under the tank and you will never have that problem again.
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