So I went to the Triumph Demo days this weekend. I got to ride a Thunderbird, and a Sprint ST. Would have liked to do the Tiger too, but I Ran out of time. Here's my impressions of the T-bird.
Styling is good, but a little Chunky compared to HD. Kind of a wider but not quite as long profile, think Bodybuilder physique. I like the Idea of the almost 6 gallon tank though so I can forgive this. Fit and finish was excellent. I especially liked the two tone models, the stripe divided the wide tank visually and made it seem narrower
Ergonomics fit me very well, comfortable feet slightly forward, but not overly so.
Suspension seemed pretty decent. I ground the pegs easier than I can on my FXR, but my FXR is unlike most HD's. Brakes were good, but the front was higher effort than I was hoping for, powerful, but it took more pressure than I thought they would.
The motor was nice, if not overwhelming. Better power than a stock HD, but not even close to my 113" powered FXR. Would like to try it with some less restrictive exhaust/intake combo, or the bigbore kit. That said, it had a very linear powerband, nice torque, very little vibration up to 5000 rpm, then only a little. The FI was well sorted, not snatchy or any flat spots that I noticed. Nice exhaust note, but would be better of course with some louder pipes.
On that note, they had one there decked out with touring accesories, windshield, bags, etc, and looked like it would make a very nice touring cruiser.
Over all I liked it, but I liked the Sprint ST better! In fact, I may consider putting one in the garage shortly.
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