The Triumph Thunderbird is Triumph’s first attempt to enter in the premium cruiser sector and we’ll have to admit that they did a very good job. The legendary British manufacturer found the perfect combination between the classic lines of a comfortable cruiser and modern engineering. As a result, since it was first introduced in 2009, the Triumph Thunderbird has managed to attract a lot of fans and awards.
Apart from its classy lines, what makes the Thunderbird a truly desirable bike is the 1600cc T-16 parallel-twin engine. The character-laden engine features a 270-degree crankshaft and delivers an impressive 108 lb-ft. of torque at just 2750rpm.
The engine is mounted on a tubular, twin-spine steel frame paired with chunky 47mm forks up front with five-way adjustable twin shocks at the rear, which can be adjusted to cater for everything from spirited solo riding to two-up touring.
The motorcycle is kept in leash by twin 310mm floating discs up front grabbed by powerful four-piston brakes. Unfortunately ABS is not offered as standard equipment, but you will find it on the options list.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Triumph Thunderbird.
- Cycle World magazine’s Cruiser of the Year in 2009 and 2010
- 1,600cc parallel-twin powerplant delivers 108 lb-ft. of torque
- Class-leading handling and braking characteristics
- Low 27.5" seat height for classic looks and easy riding
- Almost 100 official accessories for limitless customization options
- Large 5.8 gallon fuel tank for long-distance cruising
- Two-year unlimited mileage warranty
The Thunderbird comes dripping with acres of chrome adorning the high-quality cycle parts. The high specification includes five-spoke cast alloy wheels adorned with high-performance Metzeler tires. The tank-mounted speedo features a comprehensive on-board computer which includes a clock, two trip meters and fuel gauge, in addition to a stylish tachometer and self-cancelling turn signals.
A large 5.8-gallon fuel tank has been fitted to the Thunderbird which, when combined with class-leading fuel economy (around 17% better than the competition according to Triumph’s internal tests), ensures that long rides in the low and comfortable saddle will not be interrupted by inconvenient fuel stops.
Part of the Thunderbird’s attraction is its ability to be customized to the rider’s personal taste. A range of almost 100 accessories are available for the Thunderbird, allowing it to be turned from an all-road cruiser to a stripped-down power cruiser or even a bagged-up light tourer. Among these accessories is a 1700cc big bore kit, screens, panniers and a wide range of chrome and leather items for even more presence and pizzazz.
For 2012 the Thunderbird comes with a wide range of standard and limited-run special colors. Standard options include the ever popular metallic Phantom Black and two-tone Pacific Blue with Fusion White center stripe, while a Cranberry Red and Phantom Black combination is also available. Two new “marble” effect options have also been developed by Triumph’s paint shop for the Thunderbird, with Marble Red Haze and Marble Blue Haze available for the first time in 2012.
Engine and Transmission
|Type||Liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 270º firing interval|
|Bore/Stroke||103.8 x 94.3mm 107.1 x 94.3mm|
|Fuel System||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage|
|Exhaust||Chromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2, tandem|
largevolume catalysts in centralised catbox, chrome-plated silencers
|Final Drive||Toothed Belt|
|Gearbox||6-speed, helical type 2nd - 6th|
|Oil Capacity||4.2 litres (1.1 US gals)|
Chassis Running Gears and Displays
|Frame||Tubular steel, twin spine|
|Front||Cast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5in|
|Rear||Cast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 17 x 6.0in|
|Front||Showa 47mm forks, 120mm travel.|
|Rear||Showa chromed spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable|
preload, 95mm rear wheel travel.
|Front||Twin 310mm floating discs, Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers|
|Rear||Single 310mm fixed disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper|
|Analogue speedometer featuring integrated rev counter, scroll|
button on handlebars, LCD trip computer, fuel gauge and clock
Dimensions and Capacities
|Height without mirrors||1120mm (44.1in)|
|Seat Height||700mm (27.5in)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||22 litres (5.8 US gals)|
|Wet Weight (ready to ride)||339kg (746lbs)|
Performance and Fuel efifciency
|Maximum Power||86PS / 85bhp / 63kW @ 4850rpm|
|Maximum Torque||146Nm / 108ft.lbs @ 2750rpm|
156Nm / 115ft.lbs @ 2950rpm
Motorcycle-USA----“The Triumph Thunderbird Storm has a DOHC, parallel twin, 1700cc engine that can haul you anywhere you want to go. The lithe suspension help makes the miles chug by without feeling stressed out. Able to turn into a two-up in a flash and a seat height on the Thunderbird Storm is 27.5 inches makes allows you a comfortable ride with ease to keeping your feet close to the ground.”