2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm

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If you’re searching for a bad-ass looking cruiser which imposes instant respect then you should take a closer look at the tasty 2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm.

The motorcycle’s muscular stance is an instant eye catcher and its dark paint job further enhances its aggressive character. The Thunderbird Storm utilizes the chassis of Triumph’s Thunderbird, a cruiser renowned for its outstanding poise and precision, but is wrapped up in new clothes which seem to scream Rock ON!

Our favorite details are the iconic twin headlights and the modern drag bars. We also need to send a shout at the low 27.5" seat height which provides a laid-back riding position.

At the heart of the motorcycle lies the big bore, 1700cc version of Triumph’s acclaimed T-16 parallel-twin engine. The 107mm pistons pump out a muscular 97bhp, with a meaty 115 lb-ft. of torque at just 2950rpm.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm.

Press Release

Triumph Thunderbird Storm

Triumph Thunderbird Storm

  • Powerful 1700cc version of Triumph’s award-winning T-16 engine delivers 97bhp and 115 lb-ft. of torque
  • Aggressive blacked-out look with twin streetfighter headlights
  • Low, 700mm seat height for classic look and easy riding
  • Powerful four-piston brakes with optional ABS
  • Two-year unlimited mileage warranty

High-performance Metzeler Marathon tires, developed especially for the Thunderbird range, adorn five-spoke cast alloy wheels and inspire confidence while cornering. And while the look may be minimalist, the Thunderbird Storm’s specification sheet certainly isn’t.

This power cruiser oozes quality. From the premium components to the attention to detail and distinctive new Triumph script on the tank, this is a machine for the discerning rider looking for a distinctive alternative to the mainstream offerings.

The tank-mounted speedo includes a comprehensive on-board computer which includes a clock, two trip meters and fuel gauge, in addition to a small and stylish tachometer. A range of almost 100 accessories is available for the Thunderbird Storm, giving owners the chance to personalize their bikes to meet their own needs and tastes.

Engine and Transmission

Triumph Thunderbird Storm
TypeLiquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
Capacity1597cc 1699cc
Bore/Stroke103.8 x 94.3mm 107.1 x 94.3mm
Fuel SystemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage
on throttle
ExhaustChromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2, tandem
largevolume catalysts in centralised catbox, chrome-plated silencers
Final DriveToothed Belt
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Gearbox6-speed, helical type 2nd - 6th
Oil Capacity4.2 litres (1.1 US gals)

Chassis Running Gears and Displays

Triumph Thunderbird Storm
FrameTubular steel, twin spine
SwingarmTwin-sided, steel
FrontCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5in
RearCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 17 x 6.0in
Front120/70 R19
Rear200/50 R17
FrontShowa 47mm forks, 120mm travel.
RearShowa chromed spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable
preload, 95mm rear wheel travel.
FrontTwin 310mm floating discs, Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers
RearSingle 310mm fixed disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper
Instrument Display/
Analogue speedometer featuring integrated rev counter, scroll
button on handlebars, LCD trip computer, fuel gauge and clock

Dimensions and Capacities

Triumph Thunderbird Storm
Length2340mm (92.1in)
Width880mm (34.6in)
Height without mirrors1120mm (44.1in)
Seat Height700mm (27.5in)
Wheelbase1615mm (63.5in)
Fuel Tank Capacity22 litres (5.8 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride)339kg (746lbs)

Performance and Fuel efifciency

Triumph Thunderbird Storm
Maximum Power98PS / 97bhp / 73kW @ 5200rpm
Maximum Torque146Nm / 108ft.lbs @ 2750rpm
156Nm / 115ft.lbs @ 2950rpm
City38 MPG
Highway56 MPG


Total Motorcycle----“And while the look may be pared back, the spec sheet certainly isn’t. With a 1700cc parallel-twin at its heart the Thunderbird Storm is a power cruiser that packs a mighty punch. The tank mounted speedo includes a small built in tacho and on-board computer which includes clock, two trip meters and a fuel gauge. The low maintenance belt drive system delivers the torque smoothly and cleanly, while the cycle parts ooze class and quality. Anti-lock brakes are also an option for the Thunderbird Storm, offering extra security and safety to the rider and passenger.”

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