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Hi, my T Bird is a 1999 bike and I bought it in 2001. It had 3000 miles on it and was a lovely classic looking bike.
I fell in love with it and bought it on the spot.
I've now owned it for 9 years, its just clocked over 50,000 miles and I still love it and cant wait for the next ride.
I ride all year round, in all weathers, except for snow and ice, but to keep it looking the way it should it does need some cleaning and polishing, which is a labour of love rather than a chore.
It handles well and can be quite playful when you want it to be.
I run it on Avon Azaro tyres, which are a sports tourer, and they are plenty good enough, with a life span of about 10,000miles, I'm now on my 4th set!
I do a lot of long distance work and find it effortless, but to help with the comfort I fitted a king and queen Triumph seat and a summer screen.
Mine is the earlier 5 speed gearbox and I put a one tooth larger front sprocket on to drop the revs when touring.
Over the years I have looked at, and test riden many other bikes, but then get back on my T bird and know that no other bike comes close.
I will never sell it, its without doubt the best bike I've ever had, and I've had a lot!
And as a bonus they now seem to be gaining a little in value!
My advice? GET ONE!
Its a different riding experience that gives you the grin factor, and always turns heads.
I have owned a 1995 Triumph Thunderbird for some 18 months now and can honestly say it is the best all round motorcycle I have owned in 45 years biking for that all round feel good factor, looks, torque and reliability. I've fitted a 'sports silencer on right hand side and with standard item on left hand side manage to get through MOT without changing, and the sound when opening up is joy to the ears. I've also fitted a king/queen seat which is very comfortable and gives pillion that little extra feeling of stability (not to be mixed up with the Corbin after market item which personally I think is somewhat ugly compared to the original.) Pannier rails are another good investment as they also look good when naked, the bike having a single monoshock , the rails fill the gap where the retro look almost demands twin rear shocks. If it's a toss up between a Thunderbird or a newer Bonnieville twin, for my tuppenceworth I'd suggest that when you see the two parked up side by side it's a 'no contest', attractive though the lighter twin is and when you hear the triple on song as you enjoy the thrusting torque, you'll be glad you chose the former with it's zero depreciation.
Get one now before the already 'well above book' real world prices go 'through the roof'
I saw a Thunderbird about 4 years ago and the memory stayed with me. After looking for some considerable time, I eventually found the one I was looking for in June 2008. I bought a 2003 model in red and silver, with just 3600 miles on the clock.
Since then I've fitted a King and Queen seat (plus a sissy bar for the wife) and it's improved the comfort no end. I made up some extended bolts for the seat which I can easily access with a T-bar Allen key, making removal and fitting of the seat a doddle!
I tried a set of "off road" silencers from Sprint Manufacturing but found the exhaust note very harsh and I didn't like the pops and bangs on over-run, so I'm back to standard silencers.
Having had a Bonneville T100 beforehand, I'm pleasantly surprised how much more performance you get with just a bit more horsepower from the triple engine. The brakes are well up to the job and the bike handles nicely through the twisties.
This is my sixth bike in the last four years and I think I'll be keeping this one for quite a while
Hi. I have always been a sports bike fan from KAWASAKI to the legendery HONDA Fireblade. I sold the Blade a couple of years ago and have been missing riding as of late so decided it was time for another.
My main criteria this time around was to get away from all out sports bikes and enjoy my biking again and take in the surroundings.
Anyway I happened to pop into a bike trader and there she was the bike took my breath away a Thunderbird 2003 with only 460 miles on her, it looks like she's just come off the production line.
The bike rides like a dream, handles corners well and comes out of the turns with grace , plenty of grunt for overtaking manouvers with plenty to spare.
Ride postion is great no aches on the wrist, agree with the seat being a tadge uncomfortable , but find myself riding through this.
Brakes are not up to sports bike standards ,think that goes without saying, but do stop you well.
Heavy to push around much better if seated on then moved, this does not affect you when you ride tho ,as soon as you twist the throttle all weight is evenly distributed.
Love this bike and its a pleasure to own I can honestley say my best bike so far and I will not be selling her.
Get one as they are now getting rare and any one you find will more than likeley have been loved, as its that type of bike where you need to love and spoil them .
For info my height is 5ft 10ins weight (15 1/2 stone) man o man its time to shed some pounds
excellent all-rounder from sunday morning ride outs to long distance touring i,ve done them all on my thunderbird.i cannot understand why the powers that be decided to discontinue this popular model in favour of the twins. this is my first triple and i am still amazed at how good it is.the bike looks great and is a real head-turner,mechanically it is really solidly built and as for reliability mine has never let me down yet.the handling is rock steady and very forgiving even when you make a mess of the odd corner.there is a bit of an issue with wind at high speed but at normal road speeds i find no problem,80mph + for prolonged periods of time can make your arms ache and the firm saddle means you have to get off for a streatch at every fill-up say between 100-150 miles.all your basic maintenance is relatively easy and with the help of the owners handbook can be done by any selfrespecting motorcyclist.it certainly has the grin factor!!
I bought my Thunderbird new in March 2002. At the time of writing (Feb 2003) I have covered 4000 trouble free miles. I like the classic look but do not have either the time, the inclination, or the patience required to own a 30 year old classic. So, whilst the bike is considerably heavier than the old Meriden classics. In my opinion the Thunderbird fits the bill perfectly. Classic looks without the heart ache. I looked at the Bonneville and also the Kawasaki W650 but I'm a big chap and found both of these bkes felt too small. The T Bird also had a bit more punch. I have fitted several extras. A centre stand (I'm surprised that this was not standard on a chain drive bike). Triumph fabric panniers, these are small but well made and waterproof! A Summer Screen, which does a good job in keeping the wind off your chest. A Triumph tank bag- great but a pain to take on and off as it secures under the seat. Loud silencers- it now sounds like it should and a Renntec luggage rack- cheaper and larger than thr Triumph one. With these extras fitted it's possible to do a bit of touring as well as a Sunday Morning ride out. The bike has plenty of torque and is quite fast enough for me. It also has good ground clearance so it handles pretty well- although sports bike riders will most likely be disapointed. However that would be missing the point of this bike. If you want a bike that looks good and want to sit back and enjoy the ride then this is for you. Only a couple of minus points. The seat is secured by 2 bolts at the back which need to be undone with an Alan Key. This makes taking the seat off and putting it back on a real pain. Surely Triumph could think of something better than this. I bought some Thumb Bolts to try to make this easier but it's still a pain! Also the seat can get rather uncomfortable. I've just had mine re-upholstered and re-covered. This seems to have improved matters but time will tell. Shaft drive wo
uld also be a bonus. All in all though I really can't think of any bike I'd rather have and am looking forward to the next few thousand miles. It never fails to attract admirers- usually old chaps who 'used to have a Triumph'.