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Old 05-19-2009, 04:30 AM   #21
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As a stated earlier, this bike looks very ordinary in the flesh. There is nothing about it that really stands out or catches your eye. It may be the best handling, best riding cruiser ever built. I don't know. All I know is it really has very little curb appeal, and that is mostly why cruisers are built.
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:43 PM   #22
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I think Triumph has managed to do exactly what they try to with their cruisers; make them appealing to Americans with modern technology but hold onto Triumph roots like the parallel twin and/or nostalgic looks. You know it is a Triumph as soon as you see that parallel twin. I think they made one mistake on it; the forward controls. Shorter riders won't buy it because they can't reach the controls, and taller riders cannot get comfortable on the long hauls without another place to move their legs once they become numb. Just my opinion.
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:06 AM   #23
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I'm thinking the butt-ugly coupe.

Of course, there was a 'sporty' version, the Matador X.

Howstuffworks "Introduction to the 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 AMC Matador"

A 360ci V-8 putting out 140HP! Probably got 18mpg, too.

Gag!
My first car was a '74 Matador "X". Ended up building the engine up and it ran pretty well. I had no complaints.

My dad made me drive a Pacer in HS.
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:10 AM   #24
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"My dad made me drive a Pacer in HS."

In most states your dad coulda got locked up for that.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:17 PM   #25
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I think they made one mistake on it; the forward controls. Shorter riders won't buy it because they can't reach the controls, and taller riders cannot get comfortable on the long hauls without another place to move their legs once they become numb. Just my opinion.
Small people have the America and Speedmaster. Why make the thunderbird to accomodate small people?

The Thunderbird has floor boards in the accessory catalog.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:59 PM   #26
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I think they made one mistake on it; the forward controls. Shorter riders won't buy it because they can't reach the controls, and taller riders cannot get comfortable on the long hauls without another place to move their legs once they become numb. Just my opinion.
Don't knock it till you try it. At 5'8", I'm not tall, but I was comfy on the T-Bird. A 6'3" journo also said he liked the riding position.
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Old 05-20-2009, 04:08 PM   #27
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euro_biker, I think the T-bird is a great bike. I would buy one if it weren't for the forward controls. I just know that I can't reach the controls comfortably, and after holding my legs out there for a fifty mile ride, they are going to feel like my arms did leaving it around the theater seat my date was sitting in, for two and a half hours. All life will be out of them and I'd never be able to hold the bike up when I stopped. I'm 5'5" (on a good day) and I'd like to have a Triumph, a 1600 parallel twin, not an America or a Speedmaster. I'm just saying that I think if they would have made the controls mid-engine, they would have reached a bigger market. I think most tall riders are going to put highway pegs on anyway.

Kevin_Duke, I agree that 5'8" is not tall, but you CANNOT put yourself in the 'short peoples' category. I've owned motorcycles in my younger days that when I had to stop, I had to slide my entire butt off the seat to reach the ground with one foot. That's someone who falls in the short people category.
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