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Old 12-07-2012, 02:40 PM   #16
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:12 PM   #17
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Yes, I have ridden both! The Storm is a kick-ass performing bike and probably more comfortable that the V-Rod.
I liked it a lot. Even tried to buy one, but the local Triumph dealer (now gone I wonder why) never responded to my repeated emails.
I own a NRS now, which is a whole lot better looking that the Triumph, IMHO - and the Storm's performance isn't equal to the V-Rod. But it WILL eat most, if not all, stock Air-Head Harleys.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:26 PM   #18
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A great bike if you like a cruiser but don't want to run out of throttle.

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Old 12-07-2012, 10:28 PM   #19
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Personally I'm of course partial to the V-Rod but am a general fan of British bikes and certain of the new Triumph's in particular. Unfortunately the new T'Bird is not one of them. I just can't see the sense of it, nor do I think it an attractive design.

However with that said I understand that just as the V-rod is "Home Product" for me the Triumph is the same for you. There's alot to be said for supporting the home front and keeping the spending and dollars/pounds in there respective homes.

Do what you feel you need to do and enjoy whichever you choose for their own merits.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:45 PM   #20
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I have a Triumph Speedmaster and would love a Vrod. Also i like the Thunderbird storm,has anyone rode both? If so what is your opinions?
A guy who rides with us has a NightRod and i think it looks sweet but a bit low?



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It all depends what type of riding you will do and ultimately which ones feel better for YOU when you ride them. I test drive the big T Bird last year. It's a fine bike, good build quality, ample power, comfy..but I dunno for me, it did not have the "wow" factor.

Take a look at the pics on my profile.. I am telling the VROD still has the wow factor and it has great power delivery, decent comfort, and is still rather unique. I have a the street rod, so a bit different than than the traditional cruiser. All that being said, check out the victory judge. I test drove that as well, it was also nice. last but not least, the new 2013 moto guzzi 1400, looks very promising.

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Old 12-09-2012, 10:29 AM   #21
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I commute in DC area as well. The Vrod does not offer many commting options, at least that I've found yet. No way to carry a laptop, lunch, etc.
Regarding the Thunderbird; I rode the Thunderbird when they first came out. I can't really recall much about it (I guess that says something about the Thunderbird). I do remember it ran well, and handled fairly well. I hated the fuel tank, thought it was way to big. I do not like it's look at all, looks too "metric" to me. I was a huge Triumph fan going back to to late 1994, but I have drifted away from them. I'm disappointed in the lack of dealers in my area. In fact they've lost dealers, by, in my opinion, driving the smaller guys out. That being said, I bought a Night Rod this year, and am glad I did.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:40 AM   #22
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They are both pretty good. You should chuck the Diavel into the mix too.

I like V-rods, which is why I own one. Like most modern bikes they have a nasty flat spot at 3-4K which in my opinion ruins them (noise and emission regs). Budget for a tuner.
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I commute in DC area as well. The Vrod does not offer many commting options, at least that I've found yet. No way to carry a laptop, lunch, etc.
Regarding the Thunderbird; I rode the Thunderbird when they first came out. I can't really recall much about it (I guess that says something about the Thunderbird). I do remember it ran well, and handled fairly well. I hated the fuel tank, thought it was way to big. I do not like it's look at all, looks too "metric" to me. I was a huge Triumph fan going back to to late 1994, but I have drifted away from them. I'm disappointed in the lack of dealers in my area. In fact they've lost dealers, by, in my opinion, driving the smaller guys out. That being said, I bought a Night Rod this year, and am glad I did.


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