Do you have any pictures of your thunderbird @sleepngbear
But of course!
Here's the day it came home:
And here's how it looks today:
I had a VTX1800 for 5 years (the longest anything on 2 wheels has lasted in my garage!), and just got tired of the pounding V-twin. As big cruisers go, the X was pretty smooth and handled better than its bulk would suggest; but it was still a big lumbering twin.
Around that time, Honda had pretty much abandoned the large cruiser market. That's about when they came out with the Fury and followed shortly after with the 'custom' 1300 cruiser line, which did zero for me (and apparently almost every other rider who didn't buy one). They had long since dropped the Valk and Magna, and they showed absolutely no inclination or intention of delivering what I really wanted, which was a full-sized V-4 cruiser -- something bigger than the last-gen Magna (which I did own for just one season), and slightly less land-yacht than the Royal Star.
I had completely given up hope for finding my dream bike, and it also became pretty clear that for the first time in my riding life, my next bike would not be a Honda. That's when my second choice, the brand new Thunderbird, got lined up in my sights. Triumph really did an amazing job with this bike. The stock 1600 has lots of low-end pull, and it's unbelievably smooth for a big twin. After a few hours on the VTX, it felt like the pistons were pounding on my kidneys; no such thing on the T-bird. But to be honest, it is eerily similar in many aspects to the VTX. Riding position, power, and handling are almost identical, with the T-bird actually feeling like it has more pull down low.
Strangely, because it's so similar to the X, it never really had that new bike feel. It's a beautiful bike and I love gawking at it, but in two seasons I've put just over 2,200 miles on it. That's a travesty. I don't know if it's old age, laziness, or what, but it just doesn't beg me to get on and ride. Which makes no sense, because it is a great riding machine. It honestly makes me sad to see it sitting in the garage not being ridden. Of course there isn't much I can do about it now at this time of year, so I'm hoping I can pull out of this rut in the spring, put it through what it was meant to be put through for a few months or another season, and make sure I still have the bug to ride before plunking down more coin on this CTX1300.
But to be sure, if there is a next bike, it's gonna be the CTX1300.