10 August 2012
KingCast digs the customer service and classic Triumph Steve McQueen and Thunderbird at Second Wind BMW Triumph.
August 2012 update to the Steve McQueen entry: I chatted up some folks buying a 2012 Steve McQueen Bonneville while I was at Second Wind BMW Triumph yesterday for plugs, air filter and brake pads on my '02 Sprint ST 955i (a/k/a "Bessie") and mulling over my next bike. The Short list includes the BMW F800 ST and the Triumph Tiger 1050 (this will probably be a cash deal so no new bike indebtedness). But lo and behold, in another price range but also on the short list:
The Triumph Thunderbird. This was my demo bike for the day and let me tell you it might not be a Diavel, but it is a very sporty cruiser and I think it looks better for sure. It has great suspension, brakes, balanced chassis and turns in with the quickness (almost too quickly a few times LOL) and is supremely comfortable. And it evokes all the passion that is somewhat lacking in the 955i unless you are really wringing the snot out of it.
Plus I've always been a sucker for a parallel twin. Video coming soon.