2011 Performance Cruiser Smackdown Conclusion

Justin Dawes | June 20, 2011

Justin Dawes – 5’10”, 225 pounds – Triumph Thunderbird Storm
 

2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm
2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm
2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R LE
2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R LE
2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm

Which bike would I slap my hard earned cash down on? It’s an easy decision for me; it would have to be the Triumph. The Harley has got the looks, and the Suzuki has got the performance. But the Triumph has enough of both. I can live with the fact it isn’t the fastest in a straight line, because I know I would have more fun on this bike in the twisties chasing and passing squids on repli-racers in full leathers. At $13,899, the price tag will leave me enough left in the bank to replace footpegs on a regular basis.

Ray Gauger – 6’5”, 180 pounds – Triumph Thunderbird Storm
 
With my wallet on the line, I’d spring for the Triumph. It’s a good balance between long-haul comfort and curvy road performance with a motor that’s plenty powerful enough to get the job done. Add in the always classy, blacked-out color scheme and iconic dual headlights and you’ve got a hard ride to pass up. Especially with the lowest sticker price of the group.
 
Brian Steeves – 5’9”, 165 pounds – Suzuki Boulevard M109R LE

I would choose the Suzuki. I think with a little accessorizing, and motor performance enhancements, this would be a fun, bad ass performance cruiser. Hell, I was even impressed that with a big, banging the rev-limiter clutch drop and healthy yank on the bars, I was able to get the bike to bust out an 11 o’ clock wheelie. Squeak out a few more ponies from the motor, and power wheelies on this bike are totally feasible.
 
Joey Agustin – 6’1” 160 pounds – Suzuki Boulevard M109R LE
 
If I had to choose between one of the cruisers as my favorite to purchase, I am at a split decision between the Suzuki and the Triumph. They both seemed to be great, but lacked in the same categories as each other. So my final decision… is the Suzuki. I just liked more things about it. I think the curb appeal, handlebars, dual gauges and over all comfort gave it that little bit of an edge over the Triumph.
 
Tim Muto – 5’9” 200 pounds – Triumph Thunderbird Storm

The Triumph is my personal honest winner. This powerful side-by-side twin has brute-force roll on power. The ground clearance is decent. I like the fit and finish of the motorcycle, and the transmission works very smoothly. It has a nice overall appeal to it and definitely has a lot of bang for your buck as it is the least expensive of all the cruisers in its class. The Storm handles the corners like a champ and cruises down the highway with the best of them. It is a nice feeling knowing that you did not have to break the bank to have a good ride.
 
Bobby Ali – 5’9”, 175 pounds – Triumph Thunderbird Storm
 
The Ducati would be my first choice as it might just be the coolest bike I have ever ridden. No, I don’t think it should be in the same segment as the other bikes; this bike has such amazing performance and the technology is impressive! It is great for city riding with tunable power band modes, and the seating position is great for long rides as well as being aggressive for the canyons. The looks of this bike is so different than any of the other bikes, it just stands out! But since it is a cheater, I guess I would take the Triumph.

Justin Dawes

Digital Media Producer | Raised on two wheels in the deserts of Nevada, "JDawg" has been part of the industry for well over two decades. Equal parts writer, photographer, and rider, he is a jack of all trades and even a master of some.

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