Any suggestions? (like maybe "get a horse"!).
My Thunderbird arrives in Tonga (S. Pacific) in a few weeks. I chose it because of a recommendation of Lalli Singh from New Delhi, who claimed that the T-bird with AVL engine is more reliable by far than the older iron 350's. The New Zealand dealer warned against AVL because of a sparcity of parts here. Mine is a 2003 year model. I will have perhaps the only RE in Tonga, and we are very isolated here. In the U.S. catalogue I see "Bullet" and "Electra" listed for parts choices. Where does T-bird fit in? Also, consider that you were to be in my position with no dealer, no trained mechanic (on motorcycles), a one month minimum delay in obtaining parts - what spares would you stock up on? I chose RE because of its simplicity, bought a BMW first but sold it because I didn't think it would fit here, but maybe less need for servicing. We have maybe a hundred miles of paved roads and a 65 km speed limit, so RE just seemed to fit (plus I had an Indian Enfield back in the sixties). Any suggestions? (like maybe "get a horse"!).
I can see more difference between the Thunderbird and all the others than between Electra and Classic, which to my eye don't seem that much different. The handlebars on the T-bird seem higher as does the positioning of the tank, and the seat seems lower. Yes, this might give more comfort in cruising, However, I'm not concerned with this, so much, as with the mechanical difference. The maximum distance I will ride on any given day is only about 20 miles to the end of the island and back home, so any riding position is fine. There are apparently differences in the frame of the Electra as compared to the Classic, such that there are separate parts, in many cases, for the two, designated with a "B" or an "E" in the CMW catalogue. I'm not at all sure which I would order in these cases, but can probably just ask when ordering.Thanks for the imput!