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Post  Cameron on Fri 25 Dec 2015, 8:51 am

So...I thought it was time to get another road bike. 
Actually thats not what happened. 

I had a customer who wanted to get their late husbands bike running just to sell it. I gave it a check over and quoted the work. She didnt want to spend much money on it and didnt want the hassel of getting a blue slip and everything for it so she offered it to me for a good price. 

Me being me, couldnt turn it down. So over the past couple of weeks ive been working on it and got it going. 

So now i have a 1997 Triumph Thunderbird 900. Its not a bandit, but it will do. 
Immaculate. He owned it since new. Only 20k km on the clock. 

Photos to come soon.

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Post  Ewok1958 on Fri 25 Dec 2015, 10:58 am

Nice Cam. My cousin rides something like that, but I think theirs is later 90s.
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Post  Bosco15 on Fri 25 Dec 2015, 4:34 pm

Nice work, Cam.
It's always so much sweeter when you are in the right place at the right time to pick up a bargain.  

Great bikes, too. 
I have a friend who is 65 yo. At sixty she did a lap around Aus on one and it didn't miss a beat. 
She sold it only recently,  still going strong. .

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Post  2wheelsagain on Fri 25 Dec 2015, 7:52 pm

Welcome back Cam. 
You're wearing many hats these days jocolor

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Post  mtbeerwah on Fri 25 Dec 2015, 8:03 pm

Can`t say I knew much about them, until I just looked it up.

 Nice looking bike.
You`ve done well to pick it up with such low K`s.

In this situation, I`d always have conflict, whether to ride it, or store it.

You know what your doing.
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Post  Hammy on Sat 26 Dec 2015, 8:45 am

   Onya Cam.    Hope the Volvo is coming along.

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Post  potatomasher on Sat 26 Dec 2015, 11:23 am

ace!  about time

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Post  madmax on Sat 26 Dec 2015, 11:28 am

good work Cam

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Post  Cameron on Sun 13 Mar 2016, 2:59 pm

Hey fellas.

Its great to be back on the road. The time away must have done me some good and i now have a new appreciation of road riding.
The triumph didnt skip a beat on the 2300km 4 day snowy mountains ride i took her on last weekend. 

Problem is over the weekend i didnt grow attached to the bike like i thought i would. I love the look of the bike, but it just didnt excite me riding it like i want a bike to do. So ill keep her for a little longer and probably move on to something else. 

I am thinking  BMW K1200s or a triumph sprint ST. Does anybody here have any experiences with either? Or something else they might recommend that i may have overlooked. 

PS sorry i havnt been around lately. Will be now im on the road again. 





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Post  2wheelsagain on Sun 13 Mar 2016, 3:29 pm

Nice one Cam.
I picked up a new mount yesterday. It excites me Laughing

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Post  mtbeerwah on Sun 13 Mar 2016, 6:35 pm

G`day mate, I have test ridden an ST, and they`re a nice bike.

The power and torque is very similar to a Bandit.
They`ve got a better chassis/frame, so handling is better, and very comfortable sitting position.

I guess you really have to ride one yourself to get a proper opinion, but they`re a good bike.


I`ve had nothing to do with the Beemer, but I`d assume it would have more get up and go all round.

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Post  reddog on Sun 13 Mar 2016, 6:59 pm

The triumph st was a heap of shit compared to the bandit. Didn't like it at all. I actually was going to buy a k1200 prior to the bandit,  but the seller pulled out of the deal. They seem to have clutch issues. What are you looking for in a bike?  I loved the new xj900 at Philip island. If I was going to buy a new bike atm is be the xj or the mt09 and I am in no way a Yamaha fan. Current Suzukis are just a bit boring
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Post  2wheelsagain on Mon 14 Mar 2016, 9:26 am

@reddog wrote:The triumph st was a heap of shit compared to the bandit. Didn't like it at all. I actually was going to buy a k1200 prior to the bandit,  but the seller pulled out of the deal. They seem to have clutch issues. What are you looking for in a bike?  I loved the new xj900 at Philip island. If I was going to buy a new bike atm is be the xj or the mt09 and I am in no way a Yamaha fan. Current Suzukis are just a bit boring
Not to mention you won't find anyone saying the 1050ST had good brakes. 
The forks are too light looking to me also for a bike designed to carry a load.

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