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Interesting it gains 12hp with a mere 100cc bore job and a cam swap. I bet there is more going on - my guess is the stock T-Bird's narrower bore "shouds" the valves a bit. The DRZ400 I own has the same phenomenon - a small bore increase to 435cc on that bike frees up quite a bit of power.

In the end who cares why (except geeks like me). 97hp is pretty darn impressive and meaty. No doubt this chunk of cruiser is a solid and satisfying ride. It is a comparative bargain too.

I looked over a T-Bird in a parking lot. The engine is quite an impressive thing to behold. Liking the twin headlight carryover from the bad boy Speed Triple too. Now that is a bike for me to drool over.

Well played Triumph!
Well, it ain't no 64hp Fatboy........
 

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Ah ha! The old overtighten the steering head bearing instead of springing for an expensive steering damper trick...
Cone-roller Timken's LIKE to be tight......
 
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