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Your opinion on Triumph??

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' started by STORM_BOY, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. Hi Guys! I've been looking at the 2012/13 Triumph Thunderbird Storm. Wondering what the general opinion is with this bike, and Triumph too? Look forward to what you have to say. Cheers!

  2. My brother has had more faults with his '09 StripleR(2) than I have with my '11 Kwaka(0).

    However apart from that, the build quality, feature set and overall package are of a higher standard on his triumph. And while I can't speak for the thunderbird, the sound of the triumph's triple engine is the most beautiful sound I have ever heard in my life.

    I will own a triumph one day. I have to have that triple engine.
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  3. First time Triumph owner here.
    Purchased an 09 Daytona 12 months ago with about 8000klm on it.
    So far no problems or issues and I feel that these bikes are as reliable as a Jappa, which I have had a few of over the years.
    Like any bike, look after it, service it properly and it will look after you.
    Don't do this and you are leaving your fate for the motorbiking gods to decide.
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  4. Proudly made in Thailand.

    I guess Thailand used to be a British colony.
  5. I've had Street Triple (RIP courtesy of cager), Street Triple R, and now a Speed Triple.
    Awesome bikes, and to be honest I don't think you can do better for a road bike. Torque and power, sound is amazing anywhere in the revs unlike 4s that sound good only when nearly on the limiter, and good all round handling. The Street R is probably the best do everything bike currently available
  6. Why would you buy a Jappa when you could own a genuine Thai-umph? All that heritage....
  7. I don't know which models are made where, but I do know that my Daytona is definitely a Hinkley assembled bike.

    Funny thing is all bikes really are globally made these days.

    Parts shipped from all parts of the world to be assembled at the assembly plant. I often have a dig at my Harley riding mate, who is always banging on about riding a non Jap bike. Over 50% of the parts on his bike would be from an asian country though.

    I purchased a part for my Daytona recently and it had "Made in Japan" on the Triumph plastic bag it arrived in. I thought this was ironic, having just sold my Jappa to buy the Trumpy! LOL
  8. As long as you don't fall for the Triumph "heritage" nonsense and want a "traditional" bike with Japanese build quality, then the Triumph is a great bike.

  9. IIRC, they're all assembled in Hinckley.
  10. Thats what I thought until I read the Thai-umph comment, but aren't they starting to assemble some elsewhere soon.
    Particulaly the single cylinder bike that looks like a street triple they are aiming at selling in the SE Asian and Indian markets?
  11. Are you inferring that Triumph's build quality is sub par when compared to a Jappa?
  12. Absolutely not. The Trumpy's that I have seen have been super. No, I am just a little intolerant of the elitist Triumph-philes who prattle on about the "heritage" of modern Triumphs when there is NO connection between the modern machines and the ones that died out in the 70's except for the badge on the tank.
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  13. Many triumphs are still made in Hinckley - although some are assembled in Thailand. Irrespective I believe the engines are all manufactured in the UK and then shipped wherever they are shipped for assembly.

    I have an 09 Street Triple R (from new) with 55,000km on the clock. Tour, track, commute, weekend thrash - it does it all and (R/R issue aside) has not missed a beat in all the time I have owned it.

    I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Triumph. Speed Triple is in the mix for my next ride, but it has to compete against 848 Streetfighter and Aprilia Tuono....
  14. A mate of mine has had his Thunderbird Storm for a year and a half now. Despite having quite a few issues with it, he's still relatively happy with it... surprisingly...

    First of all the steering lock broke. Initially the workshop advised that Triumph would not cover it under warranty as it must have been maliciously broken by someone try to steal the bike or similar. His bike is only ever parked in his garage or work's secure car park. While it's possible, it's unlikely to have happened and he maintains that it didn't happen. So after deciding that it had to be fixed either way, the workshop had the bike for 2-3 weeks only to advise that they couldn't source the parts. They suggested that he use a padlock on the steering column instead... To this day he still uses a padlock to lock the steering.

    Then he took the bike into the workshop for a puncture repair on the rear tyre and left it there for its first service (~10,000km I think). The workshop called a day later and said that the rear disc was warped, it was rubbing on some other metal part and making a distinctive metal on metal noise as it turned. Again Triumph declined to repair it under warranty as it must have been rider negligence. A couple of weeks passed. He argued that the warped disc must be a manufacturing fault and should be covered under warranty and the metal on metal sound wasn't there previously. In the end, the workshop ended up absorbing half of the repair bill as an act of goodwill.

    Finally he took it back in for it's 10,000km service, as it wasn't done last time after the disc debarcle. Upon picking it up, the bike took some effort to start and over the next few days started showing electrical issues - cluster lighting staying on, alarm going off intermittently, weird electrical sounds... When he called the workshop they were a little too busy to look at it (!!!). After checking it out they disabled the factory Triumph alarm and all appeared to return to normal. He's now got the bike back with the alarm disabled. I think he's considering taking it back to get the alarm replaced under warranty but that hasn't happened yet.
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  15. The Australian delivered Bonnie's starting coming out of a Thai factory sometime in the early to mid 2000s, I cannot remember the year. The way to tell? Again I cannot remember now, but a certain set of digits in on the frame number - is it six or seven? - there's a "t" if it is a Thai bike.

    QuarterWit bought a Bonneville a month ago. It's a very nice motorcycle in many respects, and he is improving it with modifications, however these are his, and my, generally agreed criticisms of it in comparison to my Kawasaki W650:

    The W has better:
    Quality / robustness / reliability

    Whereas the W purrs like a twin, with a pleasant pulsing, the Bonnie feels like a four cylinder.

    Whereas the W will idle down the road with no throttle, and pull from nothing, the Bonnie is quite snatchy down low and needs to be revved.

    Whereas the factory suspension on the W, however average, actually works; on the Bonnie, which feels fine on a city test-ride, when on a rough road you feel like you’re being punched in the kidneys.

    The ignition switch is not waterproof.

    There’s nothing to hook occy straps etc onto.

    There’s no helmet lock.

    The seat is a pain to get off.

    The fuel cap is a twist off item that does not lock.

    Then there’s that problem being repeatedly reported on the net: if you stand on the footpegs while riding they might snap off!

    Would I buy one after riding his and being present to his experience so far of it? In preference to some other bikes (W650/800, Sportster, Guzzi V7, etc) no. Does it make the A-list of good bikes? Yes I think so. However I don't think it's equal in quality and character to some of the Japanese and American bikes with which it competes.
  16. 09 Sprint ST 1050. Love.
    It ticked more 'this is the right bike' boxes for me when i got it, though i confess ive spent some 7k modifying it too..
  17. Another Sprint ST Owner. I have had 2, first one stolen. Only problem I had is the second one would not start on a long trip, I was still about 200k from home. I had ridden the day before in torrential rain so I suspect a little water got in somewhere, i suspect the alarm. It was put on a tow truck and started perfectly when I got home. The dealer looked at it but could not find an issue. Anyway, 10000km on it now, its not missed a beat once.
  18. I have a 2010 1600 Thunderbird and I still think is it as awesome as the day I got it. I have had a couple of minor repairs fixed under warranty ( a blued header pipe and rewelding of a heatshield). In truth the build quality is excellent. You can argue back and forth about what is a good bike and what isn't. I love sports bikes but I can't ride them as my old wrists, back and calves can't cope with the riding position for more than a few minutes. I find little point in knocking a bike you don't ride (unless it's a Harley!)
  19. Got asked if I would like to buy an '04 Sprint ST, really couldn't afford it, test rode it, fell in love. I use it as a commuter and long distance hauler on the weekends. Much much better than an old GTR I had.

    Pros: lots of power, nice and clear gauges, lots of interest in them so any trouble shooting is available or through 1 specialist in Melbourne

    Cons: Parts can be expensive if you need them in a hurry and go through Peter Stevens, the factory heated grips on mine are rubbish, the gearshift from 5th to 6th gear requires holding your tongue in the right spot and sprinkling fairy dust on the gear leaver before each right. It's horrible.

    ps. I think the introduction of EFI Bonnies was when they started assembling them in Thailand? I think we all see "Thailand" and go wtf! But that's where all the trannies and pirated dvds come from, surely any bike assembled there will be rubbish, BUT Honda and some other manufacturers (I think Mazda?) have been assembling cars there for years. I wouldn't really factor it in unless it meant something to you. Wasn't TVR building cars in Malaysia at one time?