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Sounds Odd I know. So here's the story I had a T-Bird, really looked forward to it and enjoyed the bike alot. That is till, I did a test ride on a F6B
The Engine, looks, storage, liner of sight gauges, handling hooked me. Walked away from the T-Bird.
But The CTX is what got me in the Honda shop in the 1st place and am still curious about the CTX.
I know there is a member that had a T-Bird What are your thoughts on Power, Handling? Luv the sound of a V-4
Thank you for indulging me!!:ty:
 

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I traded my 2010 Thunderbird in on a new CTX deluxe. The Thunderbird was faster. It will embarrass a CTX in a straight line. That's it. The CTX is built better, rides better, handles better, and stops better. I never even looked back...
 

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Same deal here as Tallboy, except mine was a 2012. The Bird was a very nice bike, with impressive off-the-line torque, and that big twin rumble - even with stock exhaust - had such a pleasing note. I remember the sales guy boasting sportbike-like handling, which wasn't exactly accurate. The handling was good, but maybe marginally better than my VTX1800, and not much more. I wouldn't say that the Bird is faster than the CTX, though it is definitely quicker off the line and would frequently leave you with the impression of your arms being torn from their sockets if you leaned on it too hard, which the CTX doesn't quite match.

But I had this inexplicable stigma in the back of my brain about Triumph's dependability, and because of that I never put many miles on it. I think I had something like 2300 miles in the two years I owned it. Now granted I usually only average 4000-5000 miles a year on my bikes, but that really had me questioning why I even had it.

Then I saw news of the then upcoming CTX1300, and the world stopped until I had one in my garage. :) I find that I don't miss the noise and the torque as much as I thought I would. The V-4 has all the grunt I need, and this is easily the most comfortable bike I've owned needing the fewest mods of all of them to get there. If I had known this bike was in the works in 2011, I would never have gotten the T-bird in the first place. I would most likely have just hung on to the VTX until the CTX got here.
 

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I almost got the Thunderbird. I'm a Triumph guy. It would of been my 7th Hinckley Triumph. But the girlfriend's butt hated the rear seat. I then went to see a California 1400. Loved it but the Dealer and I couldn't agree on the price. I decided the CTX because it was just so different than what I already have. Only bike I've bought without really getting to test ride it.
 

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x Thunderbird owner

I too traded my 2012 T'Bird for my CTX. Also rode eight Triumph's from 2000 - 2015 and five Harley's. Liked all of the Triumph's but also got sucked into the Harley life style for awhile. And ten bought a 2006 ST 1300 and I was hooked on this motor that was music to my ears. Like a dumb ass I sold the ST and still regret it. Any way really like my CTX 1300 , the more I ride it the more I enjoy it. It is a keeper.
 
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