Visually, the Sport separates itself from the standard Thunderbird with its exhaust system. Instead of the T-Bird's traditional mufflers, one on each side, the Sport carries two upswept reverse-cone megaphones stacked on the curb side of the bike. Triumph made may other styling changes, too. The Sport's engine is black and, instead of the chrome cover on the Thunderbird's airbox, it has some perforated chrome bands that mimic the air cleaners of the old Bonneville. The Sport uses a different tank badge, less chrome and no seat rail. In last issues comparison, we commented that the Thunderbird doesn't fall into "the approved mold" for a cruiser, and the Sport strays even farther from the stereotype. You can see it in the handlebar, which bends into just the barest rise, and the footpeg position, which is about six inches behind the T-Bird's already standard-bike position. This feet-back, canted-forward carriage may be a bit too sportbike-like to some cruiser enthusiasts. However, it's not as radical as a real sportbike, so your legs aren't as cramped and, because of wind pressure, there is no weight on your arms at highway speeds. In fact, the bike was quite comfortable at high speeds, and worked well in the city too boot. The 28-inch wide bar makes it easy to squeeze through tight spaces, and even though it carries a larger fraction of its weight on the front wheel than most bikes, steering is light and responsive.