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Old 05-15-2005, 08:47 PM   #11
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I miss my 1998 Triumph Thunderbird Sport very much. Amazingly that monster was my first bike. I had actually ordered another and the day I went to pick it up they had a leftover 98 t-bird sport on yellow and black with those beautiful twin upswept pipes. I jumped on it like a the quarterback on a drunk cheerleader and actually saved a lot of money in the process.



The dealer ship experience was great and many people just hung out there, unfortunately they went out of business because there wasn't much interest in Triumph. In all the time I owned that bike I never saw another on the road and still have not. I wish I could have kept it, but at the time money was tight so when I got a new bike I had to sell it. The triple made a sweet sounds and pulled like a runaway bull. No chopper or custom cruiser comes close to the unique beauty that was that bike.



She was sold to get a much more friendly but ultimately more boring SV-650 Yes, a sad, sad story.
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Old 05-16-2005, 04:06 AM   #12
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My feeling is, it didn't read like ad-copy (SUDDENLY, I was transported into a different world...Yadda, yadda, yadda) and that was cool.
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Old 05-16-2005, 04:16 AM   #13
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Well, my objective, whenever possible, is to not make it sound like ad copy--even if I'm writing an ad. Thanks.
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Old 05-16-2005, 04:23 AM   #14
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No, you don't have to disassemble the fairing. In fact, the upside of the sort of unfinished looking interior of the top fairing is that it gives you direct access to the lights.



As for your S3, check ebay. There are usually a few examples of that era bike on there pretty regularly. If you can find one that's fairly local, you're in.
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Old 05-16-2005, 04:28 AM   #15
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1st valve check is at 6K miles, after that, every 12K miles.
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Old 05-16-2005, 05:22 AM   #16
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Great story pdad13, it's not just the 3's that sound "industrial" My 4cyl. Trophy sounds like a diesel at idle as well, I think it's because Triumph uses thinner castings to reduce weight. who knows... I think it sounds cool, I'd like to get a Bonnieville because I like the classic look, but a Tiger would be cool as well.
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Old 05-16-2005, 06:19 AM   #17
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Nice article pdad13. The Daytona is a pretty bike. I wish you the best of luck.
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Old 05-16-2005, 06:31 AM   #18
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I think that has to do with the fact that your 4 cylinder engine is a derivative of the old Daytona 1200 engine. And I believe the 1200 was basically the 900cc triple with an extra cylinder grafted on. So you've just got a bigger freakin' diesel! That is so cool.



I don't think the reason is thinner castings, though. I heard one of the service techs at my dealer complaining about how overbuilt the Triumphs were compared with the more elegant Ducati designs. Actually, one of the articles I read on the new Sprint ST--the same one that coined "Kenworth Effect"--gave a reason for it. I don't remember what it was, but it was mechanical. Of course, I don't know if they were correct. I'll have to look it up.



I posted this on the Triumph sales thread, but I'm not sure you caught it: Triumph is said to be developing a 1500cc Bonneville with a derivative of the Rocket 3 motor. They apparently lopped off one cylinder, turned the whole thing ninety degrees and, voila, a parallel twin. A prototype has been seen running around in England.
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:07 AM   #19
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I must agree with all the other respondents in saying that this is a great "real life" story.



I have never personally ridden a Daytona, but I recently had the privelege of having a ride on the new Sprint ST 1050. This is truely a great bike with tremendous sound effects...



I hope you enjoy the 955i!
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Old 05-16-2005, 11:15 AM   #20
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Ride that thing down the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then go home and tell us how the 955 did. You write well.
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