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Discussion in 'Thunderbird' started by ralphy, Oct 26, 2018.

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  1. ralphy

    ralphy Well-Known Member

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    Much as I loved my T120 it had one flaw that I couldn't keep ignoring: 2-up touring.

    The power was sufficient, the handling ok but after a couple of 2 week long tours the one thing that wasn't ideal was the pillion comfort. Not just the seat comfort but also the sitting position and the space between me & SWMBO. You married guys will know the score, something had to be done - and there's no way I can afford the cost of divorce! - so a change of bike was needed.

    My wife was rather taken with our last tour's partners who were on a HD something-or-other switchback...
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    ... but I wanted to stay in the Triumph fold.

    After a bit of looking around I found my ideal solution, a '16 Thunderbird LT with 7k miles on the clock and in a condition I can only describe as 'like new'. Completely different from the Bonnie of course, but a decent test-ride got the thumbs-up from my wife (after a couple of miles she'd already made her mind up I was subsequently told) and the so the deal was done.

    Here she is:
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    And I love her: the presence on the road, the build quality, the riding position, the torque - and most of all a happy pillion!


    R
     
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  2. Smilinjack

    Smilinjack Crème de la Crème

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    Hope it gives you many enjoyable rides mate.....
     
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  3. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Hi Ralphy,

    It's also in the best colour scheme for the modern T-Bird IMHO :)
     
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  4. learningtofly

    learningtofly Errrr...
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    Beautiful thing - I hope you both enjoy many happy miles on it.
     
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  5. joe mc donald

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    Wise choice. I did Harley touring all be it on the wide glide and it really wasn't all that. Virtually had to tie my legs on to the running boards. Kept getting pains in my thighs trying to keep my legs from blowing off the boards. And that constant drone of the engine gave me headaches and it wasn't all that loud. But I'd be a liar if I didn't say I still like Harley.
    Ride Safe
    Joe.
     
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  6. Helmut Visor

    Helmut Visor Active Member
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    Enjoy it, not the fastest colour but hope you get some great touring out of it ;);)
     
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  7. Hippo-Drones

    Hippo-Drones Senior Member

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    Lovely looking bike, colour is awesome! :)
     
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  8. ralphy

    ralphy Well-Known Member

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    I've ridden a few - and owned a Sportster - and I'm not anti-HD, but the LT just ticked sooo many boxes for me. It's not perfect (I've got to do something about that exhaust sound!) but it's close enough. ;-)

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    R
     
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  9. ralphy

    ralphy Well-Known Member

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    S'ok, I'm not the fastest rider. ;)

    But blue is my favourite colour and this particular shade is just about perfect in my eyes.

    R
     
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  10. chiari1

    chiari1 Senior Member

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    A very nice and wise choice sir and 10,000 brownie points keeping swmbo happy
     
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  11. Bikerman

    Bikerman Crème de la Crème
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    Very nice too.
     
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  12. Gazzatriumph

    Gazzatriumph Member

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    The wife issue would have been a reason to keep the T120 ;-)
     
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  13. Adie P

    Adie P Active Member

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    A very striking and extremely handsome colour scheme and obviously a wise choice making two bunnies happy in one easy move!

    I'm in mid-Devon - between Tivvy and Wellington so if you're ever heading this way and fancy a cuppa and tyre-kicking session, feel free to drop in. (PM for an address/postcode)

    I'll listen out for the new exhaust ......

    Regards,

    Adie
     
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  14. TEZ 217

    TEZ 217 Crème de la Crème

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    Very nice Tbird sir, :cool: as far as exhaust sound goes short triumph tors change the sound and its better and deeper all round and I reckon the wife will agree,(if she's not sure then tell her the shorter exhausts allows you unrestricted access to the rear wheel spindle and belt adjusters) but if she allows you I advise you go a little further and remove the cat for a world of difference and a proper sound I would recommend
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  15. thebiglad

    thebiglad Old fart, still riding !

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    Beautiful bike you've got there now Ralphy - really like the look of that !!!
     
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  16. ralphy

    ralphy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Adie,
    more than happy to meet up with you, coincidentally I stopped at Triumph Taunton yesterday (in the car) en route back down home (TQ9). I'll PM you to swap addresses.

    Regarding the sound, I've got a plan, more later. ;-)
     
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  17. ralphy

    ralphy Well-Known Member

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    I'm more in favour of seeking forgiveness than ask permission, an approach that has faired me well in both business and marriage...
    I wasn't aware there was a replacement for the cat removal on an LT, please tell me more!

    R
     
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  18. Helmut Visor

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    And me please :yum:yum
     
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  19. TEZ 217

    TEZ 217 Crème de la Crème

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    AHHH not sure on the LT model Ralphy bit more attention to post required by me and homework. :confused:
    As for your prefered option regards the missus yes I do agree to be honest I have mostly followed that option, :p:p
     
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  20. Dave Coolbear

    Dave Coolbear New Member

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    Really good choice that. I swapped my Daytona 650 for a TBird Sept last year and both me and my partner haven't looked back. We mainly did it for the pillion ride comfort (well, I've been with my partner 10 years now and she's almost part of the family :confused:) but also love all the other things you get with the TBird.
     
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