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Old 08-28-2009, 01:04 PM   #1
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hi all i am looking for a new bike. i was sold on a triumph thunderbird but just found the yamaha stratoliner.

any comments on either, good or bad?

i was looking for something in the 1700 to 1800cc range,, mainly for cruising up the coast but also want to be able to go for some longer rides.
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:22 PM   #2
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If you're looking for long distance a cruiser may not be the best idea.... the seating position can be hard on the back/neck.

Remember that ANYTHING can be made into a touring bike with a little work.
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:24 PM   #3
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i dont want anything as big as a goldwing so what are my other options.
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:43 PM   #4
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while the tiger isnt anything resembling cruiser like, its still a triumph and will have more power than the two mentioned above, has a upright riding position and hard bags and will out handle the above 5 x over.

too many other bikes to list. Just remember low seat height + forward controls could = back pain. If you have a good back then any cruiser should be fine. If not look for something with an upright riding position or a slight forward lean.
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:45 PM   #5
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Suzuki Bandit + bags.
Big scooter like the silver wing or burgman
triumph bonnie

that stratoliner is going to be as big as a goldwing, or atleast close. Which begs the question why are you looking for such a big engine?
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Old 08-28-2009, 02:02 PM   #6
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hi all i am looking for a new bike. i was sold on a triumph thunderbird but just found the yamaha stratoliner.

any comments on either, good or bad?

i was looking for something in the 1700 to 1800cc range,, mainly for cruising up the coast but also want to be able to go for some longer rides.
The best question is how many bikes have you owned? How many miles have you logged?
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:16 PM   #7
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DrD,

Dig up the NewRiders thread. Pack a lunch.

Lots of good info in that thread.

When you come out the other side, get back to us with your height, inseam and weight, how far a trip might be, and if you will two-up on a regular basis.

Then we can lead you astr... I mean, give you a good recommendation.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:40 PM   #8
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The Strato is a fine bike. These guys aren't really your typical cruiser crowd so they are thinking on a different level than you. Coming off that T-bird to the Yamaha is a pretty good choice. The service intervals are insanely far apart on Yamahas. You'll be just fine. Weight will be an adjustment. Practice those u-turns in a big empty school parking lot until you get it down.
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:51 PM   #9
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Was it an old Triumph Thunderbird or a new Triumph Thunderbird? If it's the new Triumph Thunderbird, I would say go for that. You won't see many of those out on the roads. If you are afraid to "go it alone" and be an individual, then I would suggest the Yamaha.

Of course, if you haven't ridden in a while, then perhaps a Honda Shadow 600 would suffice.
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:13 PM   #10
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which is terrible advice!

esp. coming from a failed marketer such as yourself!
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