Featured Hello - From Annoyed Uk

Discussion in 'Thunderbird' started by Gazuk, May 31, 2019.

  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  1. Gazuk

    Gazuk Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2019
    20
    53
    West Sussex
    Annoyed cos I've only found this forum after selling my NIghtStorm.

    Bought it new in 2015. Joined the other two Triumph forums but never found this one which looks far more useful and active. Was told about it ercently from someone on BMW forum when I was trying to sell my Storm spares. Popped over here a couple of weeks ago with the intention of selling the parts and just been browsing and rekindling my love for the Storm.

    I think I will return to a Storm in the future, just need the prices to come down.

    So why did I sell after 3 years and 12,000 miles? I wanted to do more touring and the guys I go with don't ride cruisers and after 4 days in the Vogues region in France last year I traded in for a GSA (had a 1100GS for 10 years and love um as well). I have read on here how some of you tour happily on your Storms, but the long distance motorway miles became painful. Chucking the big girl round the mountains was great, but 7 hours on motorway at 80mph was painful (lower back). In hindsight I could have bought more accessories and got it to work, but it wouldn't have been the bike I wanted.

    I always ran an 1100GS alongsdie the Storm and for long journeys and winter riding I'd take the GS, but being 23 years old I didn't trust taking it abroad, so they both went and got replaced with a 2016 GSA 1200. Don't get me wrong, the GSA is a fantastic bike and for the riding I do now is the best bike for me, but there are days when I really miss the Storm and hopefully in the future, when prices come down I can get one to run alongside the GSA.

    Now I know the GSA is not going to set the world on fire visually, but for me I loved the muscle look of the Storm and I'm not a fan of touring cruisers, so I didn't want to change the appearance too much.

    So, what did I add and what could I have added?

    I added:

    Triumph 2 piece touring seat - great, but I did like the look of the original NightStorm one
    Triumph panniers - great, but not quick release. Need to undo 4 screws to take them off. Spoilt the look of the bike IMO
    Dart fly screen - seemed to help. Bought after my French trip so didn't get properly tested. Didn't spoil the look too much
    Triumph tubed rear rack - useful when only needed one seat
    Triumph Sissy bar - makes bike look like a tourer, but the wife liked it
    TOR shorties in black (and tune) - bloody brilliant

    What I could have done:

    Triumph QR screen - would have make touring easier, but bloody expensive and like the panniers, and Sissy bar, made the bike look like a tourer
    Triumph sing piece touring seat - this can take a back rest (or a corbin with back rest)
    Triumph Foot Boards - Again, changes the look too much. but could have helped with motorway miles. Strangely, I find the forward pegs on motorways painful after a while. I even tried using the pillion pegs.

    I dare say I could have bought an LT and found it a perfect tourer, but for me a bike like the Thunderbird is bought as much on heart as it is on head. The GSA on the other hand was mostly a head decision.

    So I though I'd just hang around here and keep up to speed with the Thunderbird for when the moment comes that I can afford one again.
     
    • Like Like x 6
  2. Smilinjack

    Smilinjack Crème de la Crème

    Aug 14, 2016
    2,945
    1,000
    Nottingham
    Hang around dude. We're slowly becoming a repository for BMW users who maybe aren't getting the love on the Teutonic sites. Vosges is a great place BTW, my first proper Euro tour that was. And hopefully you will eventually see the light and return to the big T :)
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
    • Like Like x 1
  3. Dartplayer

    Dartplayer Senior Member

    Aug 8, 2018
    974
    243
    New Zealand
    Hi Gazuk and welcome to the forum :cool: being bikers we like bikes, just some here have a love of Triumphs. Happy riding and you’ll find a few threads for the GSA
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  4. freck

    freck Noble Member
    Subscriber

    May 4, 2017
    855
    450
    Preston, Lancs, UK
    Welcome Gaz, I’m a triumph and bmw owner and came on here after another triumph forum folded.
    This is a great site and much more laid back and friendly than some of the BMW forums as @Smilinjack eluded to.
     
  5. Gazuk

    Gazuk Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2019
    20
    53
    West Sussex
    Not much different from stock, but didn't have to be cos there ain't many around.

    20180909_171224.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 8
  6. Timmy Tucker

    Timmy Tucker First Class Member

    Apr 20, 2019
    2,432
    693
    Newmarket
    Welcome to the madhouse you should fit right in. We all like bike's here stay and chill. Check out this year's Gmu
    20190512_010405.jpg _20180907_064133.jpg Tucker
     
  7. David Cooper

    David Cooper Triumph Rocketeer.
    Subscriber

    Hello and welcome to the forum Gazuk.

    98636c6ee64925a19858f8a491d300d2.gif
     
  8. dilligaf

    dilligaf GrrrR3Rrrr
    Subscriber

    Mar 30, 2017
    7,216
    1,000
    Washington Tyne & Wear
    Hi mate and welcome
     
  9. littleade

    littleade The only sane one here
    Subscriber

    Mar 17, 2015
    4,080
    1,000
    kidderminster Worcestershire
    Welcome in Gaz, there's a few BM riders on here including me ;)
     
  10. mpllineman

    mpllineman Senior Member
    Subscriber

    Feb 12, 2018
    637
    250
    Pearl,Ms.
    Good morning and welcome aboard. By all means, sit down and stay a while. We ride many different kinds of bikes here. Remember to always ride safe and enjoy!
     
  11. Vulpes

    Vulpes Confused Member
    Subscriber

    Mar 14, 2018
    3,683
    1,000
    Netherlands
    Hi mate and welcome. I just (literally) got back from a forum tour in Scotland, and with us were 3 BMW's, so don't worry about it.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. freck

    freck Noble Member
    Subscriber

    May 4, 2017
    855
    450
    Preston, Lancs, UK
    See, they’re infiltrating everywhere :joy:
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
  13. Vulpes

    Vulpes Confused Member
    Subscriber

    Mar 14, 2018
    3,683
    1,000
    Netherlands
    Fortunately not with as many as 80 years ago... :D
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
  14. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising
    Subscriber

    Apr 27, 2016
    3,741
    800
    North West England
    Enjoy the forum, there are a friendly bunch of folk on here.....
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  15. Alatamoc

    Alatamoc Active Member

    Mar 29, 2019
    75
    28
    Uk
    Welcome and please stick around.
    I use tbird 1600 + for touring with the Beloved it gets a qd triumph screen and Sissy bar and rack....plus the longhaul seat. She finds it comfy, I'm pleased I can take all that crap off again soon.
    I tour solo on a tiger955i....She finds it too tall to get off without jumping off the saddle.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. Recmech

    Recmech New Member
    Subscriber

    Dec 10, 2018
    19
    3
    Pilbara Western Australia
    Welcome aboard:)
     
Loading...

Share This Page