The Icrontic Motorcycle Thread

Mt_GoatMt_Goat Head Cheezy KnobPflugerville with a "P"
edited May 2011 in The Pub
Yesterday while I was simply out and about minding my own business I decided to stop by a European motorcycle shop I had been wanting to visit just to look around. They carry two of my all time favorites, Triumph and Ducati. Triumphs have generally been a smaller bike that handles extremely well. So when I was greeted by a large bike with what looked like the typical Triumph parallel twin cylinder motor ON SERIOUS STEROIDS I was doing quite the double take. I then gathered my composure and started checking out the other bikes in the shop. After a while the owner came over and started talking to me. And after a pleasant conversation about what else and what I was in the market for he said to feel free and mount anything I felt like trying out. I sat on a 'Bonneville SE' that was more like the two Triumphs I had owned in the past. Then I sat on a 'Speedmaster' that was more of a typical cruiser style and I really liked it. Then the owner came back and suggested I try the 'Thunderbird', which is what I saw when I walked in. I made excuses and reminded him I was not looking to buy anything. To which he replied; "It's OK, people come in and look all the time." I finally sat on it and fell in love without hesitation! As I sat on the machine we engaged in conversation about that particular model and I just kept getting more comfortable sitting there. The owner eventually asked if I was going to sit there for the afternoon or if I would like to take it for a spin, to which I just blurted out YES. We went to the counter where he made a copy of my license and I signed a form about liability. Then he pushed it out the door and started it and another bike that was already outside that he accompanied me on. We were out for about ten minutes and I was digging out the plastic as soon as we were inside the store. I haven't done anything this impulsive for ages and it felt great!

The bike has a water cooled 1600cc engine, 6 sp trans, belt drive, forward pegs and controls, twin Nissan 4 piston brakes front, single twin piston Brembo brake rear and a massive 200 / 50 R17 tire on the rear. He did not have the color I wanted (Deep Cranberry) and had to order it. So I added the optional 1700 engine upgrade, full windscreen, and touring package, low pipes and pullback handlebars. I robbed a pic from another place as it is the correct color, pipes and accesories to show you what it will look like. I also added a link to the bike. I am totally stoked and can not wait till it gets here!!!

Triumph Thunderbird

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Comments

  • BuddyJBuddyJ Dept. of Propaganda OKC
    edited May 2011
    Congrats! My neighbor had a blue one on order for AGES but the local shop kept dicking around so he finally cancelled it. Too bad because I wanted to ride it. ;) Triumph's range these days is amazing. I can see myself buying a Scrambler or Bonnie some time in the future.

    Please post pix of yours when it comes in.

    Also, for the sake of bike porn, here's a pic of the BSA project by buddy is selling.
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  • edited May 2011
    Awesome!
  • pseudonympseudonym Michigan
    edited May 2011
    A good choice! Love Triumphs, although they keep coming out with new things I want. Case in point Daytona 675R.

    Here's mine, 2010 Thruxton. I thought long and hard about doing a build but figured I'd get a new one since it was my first bike and I wanted to ride. I'll post some actual pics when I take them with something other than my phone.

    thruxton_2009_popup_1.jpg

    Next up, remove all non-essential parts!
  • Mt_GoatMt_Goat Head Cheezy Knob Pflugerville with a "P"
    edited May 2011
    I had 2 Triumphs in the past. The first was a 1968 Trophy 650 and the other was a 1973 Bonneville 750. I also had a 1966 BSA Lightning 650 and one of my all time favs a 1971 Norton Commando. As soon as I take delivery I plan on posting some of my own pics. That is when I'm not on it!

    Buddy J
    That pic brings back a lot of memories for me! The Trophy I had got a transplant when I put a 750 kit on it with the Bonnie dual carb setup and I put 2 34mm Mikuni's on it. They stuck out at about 30 degree angles to the rear on each side and my friends said it looked like they would suck my nuts in! ;D

    pseudo
    That looks very nice indeed! Out of curosity made you go with the Thruxton as opposed to another model, other than one of the only available in red? My '73 Bonnie had the rubber scraped off the ends of both pegs and the sides of the pipes were scraped to hell from leaning it over so hard all the time! I took off the center stand after almost killing myself when it caught the pavement and dug in hard.
  • csimoncsimon Acadiana
    edited May 2011
    Hey Goat are you still up in Alaska? It would be great to ride together if you ever get down near Louisiana again. Here's my latest ride that looks a lot like the last one I had. I got this one at half of the cost as the last one though. Always nice to make a sweet deal.
  • Mt_GoatMt_Goat Head Cheezy Knob Pflugerville with a "P"
    edited May 2011
    csimon wrote:
    Hey Goat are you still up in Alaska? It would be great to ride together if you ever get down near Louisiana again. Here's my latest ride that looks a lot like the last one I had. I got this one at half of the cost as the last one though. Always nice to make a sweet deal.

    Not in Alaska anymore. I am living in Austin, Tx when I can and not at work. That would be great as I would still like to visit.
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou
    edited May 2011
    csimon, I am jealous of that cycle
  • pseudonympseudonym Michigan
    edited May 2011
    Mt_Goat wrote:
    pseudo
    That looks very nice indeed! Out of curosity made you go with the Thruxton as opposed to another model, other than one of the only available in red? My '73 Bonnie had the rubber scraped off the ends of both pegs and the sides of the pipes were scraped to hell from leaning it over so hard all the time! I took off the center stand after almost killing myself when it caught the pavement and dug in hard.

    Well, I had always wanted a straight up sportbike (Daytona 675 mainly and R6s before that) but after doing some research and stumbling upon Cafe Racer Magazine at my local bookstore, it really got me convinced that was what I wanted. I love the style and the culture so it was decided!

    I was originally going to do a build but felt that I didn't have the time to commit to doing it right so I decided to get a new one. All the looks, half the hassle. Rest assured though that after I do the 1000mi maintenance on the bike it's getting massaged. Plus with all my racing I didn't think I needed a full on track bike that is a rocketship. Lets just say I have no fear of speed....

    Also, THIS....

    Norton_Commando_961.jpg
  • edited May 2011
    Dangit. You guys are making me miss motorcycles. (Doctor won't sign off on that little M on my license.) All very nice bikes. But then again, my last bike was a Honda Nighthawk CB750S; a junkyard special built from 4 different years. Wasn't particularly pretty - even for a streeter - but it ran beautifully and handled like a dream.
  • Mt_GoatMt_Goat Head Cheezy Knob Pflugerville with a "P"
    edited May 2011
    pseudonym wrote:
    Also, THIS....

    Norton_Commando_961.jpg

    That looks like an updated version of the '71 750 I had.
  • Mt_GoatMt_Goat Head Cheezy Knob Pflugerville with a "P"
    edited May 2011
    Here are some other pics that show the massive parallel twin as well as the rad that keeps it cool. BTW.... the speedo goes to 130 but I know for a fact that it goes a bit faster than that.


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  • csimoncsimon Acadiana
    edited May 2011
    fatcat wrote:
    csimon, I am jealous of that cycle

    It'll more than likely be for sale at the end of this season. This is my second one in a row. :rockon:
  • csimoncsimon Acadiana
    edited May 2011
    Mt_Goat wrote:
    Not in Alaska anymore. I am living in Austin, Tx when I can and not at work. That would be great as I would still like to visit.

    That would be great.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX
    edited May 2011
    I want a motorcycle bad, but getting one in Toronto is suicide. I'd start with the Ninja 250R so I didn't paste myself, and eventually work my way up to something like the Triumph Daytona.
  • BasilBasil Nubcaek England
    edited May 2011
    Donorcycles are always suicide, that's what makes <s>surviving</s> riding them manly.
  • BuddyJBuddyJ Dept. of Propaganda OKC
    edited May 2011
    If anyone is interested I've been documenting the slow build of CB750 at http://buddyj.tumblr.com
  • edited May 2011
    I would love to have a motorcycle, and prefer small bikes. I actually love the Triumph cycles, but could never convince my wife that I should get one.

    I am trying to build a case for a Honda CT90/110 - for some reason its moped-like appearance doesn't ring as many alarm bells for her.
  • edited May 2011
    Buddy J wrote:
    If anyone is interested I've been documenting the slow build of CB750 at http://buddyj.tumblr.com

    Hooray! Another CB750! Mine had front forks out of an '80 as I recall!
    Thrax wrote:
    I want a motorcycle bad, but getting one in Toronto is suicide. I'd start with the Ninja 250R so I didn't paste myself, and eventually work my way up to something like the Triumph Daytona.

    If you can find one, I highly recommend instead a used Honda Nighthawk. CB250 or CB500. That's what I got started on (albeit CB750S), and they're highly recommended starter bikes. Very capable, but very predictable and stable. Also cheap and easy to get parts for.
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou
    edited May 2011
    what I still want...

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    and what my father has sitting in the garage

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    WagsFTW
  • pseudonympseudonym Michigan
    edited May 2011
    Mt_Goat wrote:
    That looks like an updated version of the '71 750 I had.

    That's because it pretty much is! They are trying to rebuild Norton much like Triumph got redone, although more upmarket. Wish they weren't so expensive!

    http://www.nortonmotorcycles.com/bikes/
    Buddy J wrote:
    If anyone is interested I've been documenting the slow build of CB750 at http://buddyj.tumblr.com

    Awesome, that is going to be sweet when you are done.
  • kless001kless001 Midwest-USA
    edited June 2013
    My 4th motorbike—she's the one.

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  • RequitRequit That one guy Somewhere over there, I don't know

    There are some beautiful bikes in this thread. I've been riding for a little under a year, and I've loved every second of it. Only reason I mention it now is because on my way to work this morning, the clutch cable on my Honda snapped, leaving me in an awkward predicament. I managed to turn around and get it home, but I'm still out the ability to use my clutch. So I purchased a new cable online, and hopefully it's not too difficult to get it hooked back up. Anyone have any experience doing something similar? Youtube's great and all, but it's always nice to hear first hand accounts.

  • csimoncsimon Acadiana

    @Requit said:
    There are some beautiful bikes in this thread. I've been riding for a little under a year, and I've loved every second of it. Only reason I mention it now is because on my way to work this morning, the clutch cable on my Honda snapped, leaving me in an awkward predicament. I managed to turn around and get it home, but I'm still out the ability to use my clutch. So I purchased a new cable online, and hopefully it's not too difficult to get it hooked back up. Anyone have any experience doing something similar? Youtube's great and all, but it's always nice to hear first hand accounts.

    Which Honda is it?

  • csimoncsimon Acadiana
    edited March 2014

    This was brand new braking in just before tidy tail fender eliminator kit was installed.

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  • RequitRequit That one guy Somewhere over there, I don't know
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