I was leaning hard towards a Thunderbird before I bought my XR. I test rode two different ones and loved the ride both times, tons of power and handled great. The downside was it was still a little cramped for my 34" inseam and after adding shield, bags, bars it was going to cost thousands more than I paid for my XR.
2011 Cross Roads Sunset Red
OEM short windshield, passenger backrest, crash bars, saddle bag bars, heated grips, vinyl closeouts, tachometer, ambient temp, LED headlight, luggage rack. WD lay down licence plate.