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.
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
|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||98PS / 97bhp / 73kW @ 5200rpm|
|Maximum Torque||146Nm / 108ft.lbs @ 2750rpm|
156Nm / 115ft.lbs @ 2950rpm
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.”