> 

2013 Triumph Thunderbird Storm

Posted on by

The 2013 Thunderbird Storm is a stripped down version of the base Thunderbird model. The new bike is available with a black paint job and features a more distinctive look and also more power than its cousin.

The unique style of the Triumph Thunderbird Storm is underlined by its tasty exhaust pipes and the twin headlights borrowed from the Rocket III and Speed Triple models. The bike was also built with comfort in mind so you won’t have any complains about the riding position, as you are met by a comfortable seat and an ergonomic handle bar.

At the heart of the Triumph Thunderbird Storm lies a 1700cc parallel-twin which delivers a maximum output of 97hp @ 5200rpm and 156Nm of torque at 2950rpm.

Other features offered by the Triumph Thunderbird Storm are the tank mounted speedo which includes a small built in tacho and on-board computer which includes clock, two trip meters and a fuel gauge.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Triumph Thunderbird Storm.

Overview

Triumph Thunderbird Storm

Thunderbird Storm. Rolling thunder.

Meet the Thunderbird’s punky cousin. Dechromed. Stripped down. More attitude than before. Distinctive twin headlights. Straight bars. Any colour you like, as long as it’s black. This is the Thunderbird Storm, the same great chassis as the award-winning Thunderbird, with more power as standard and a harder edged and more distinctive look.

With the award-winning Thunderbird as its base, it’s no surprise that the Storm comes highly specified as standard.

The edgy, stripped down, styling is complemented perfectly by the iconic twin headlights, made famous on Triumph’s legendary Rocket III and Speed Triple models, give the Thunderbird Storm a street rod look straight from the box.

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.

Features

Triumph Thunderbird Storm
  • Engine
    • Liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin, 270 degree firing interval 1,700cc delivers tree stump pulling torque and power.
  • Chassis
    • Supple suspension for mile eating. A finely calibrated system which blends effortlessly to complement the bike’s looks. Rear adjustable for preload, it’s ready to go - one up or two. Dual front discs deliver smooth and progressive braking.
  • Instrument
    • Class leading instruments, tank mounted. Large speedo, tacho, two trip meters and fuel gauge in a chromed nacelle with unique Thunderbird logo.
  • Seats
    • Just 27.5in off the ground. Well padded and comfortable with a range of seat accessories for even more comfort. Fly solo or attach the passenger seat for two-up fun.

Specifications

Triumph Thunderbird Storm
Engine TypeLiquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
Capacity1699cc
Bore/Stroke107.1 x 94.3mm
Fuel SystemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle
ExhaustChromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2, tandem large-volume catalysts in centralized catbox, chrome-plated exhaust
Final DriveToothed Belt
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Gearbox6-speed constant mesh, helical type 2nd - 6th
Oil Capacity4.2 liters (1.1 US gals)
FrameTubular Steel, twin spine
SwingarmTwin-sided, steel
Wheel FrontCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5 in
Wheel RearCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 17 x 6 in
Tire Front120/70 R19
Tire Rear200/50 R17
Suspension FrontShowa 47mm forks. 120mm travel
Suspension RearShowa chromed spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload. 95mm rear wheel travel
Brakes FrontTwin 310mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers, ABS
Brakes RearSingle 310mm disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Instrument Display/FunctionsAnalogue speedometer featuring integrated rev counter, scroll button on handlebars, LCD trip computer, fuel gauge and clock
Length2340 mm (92.1 in)
Width (handlebars)880 mm (34.6 in)
Height without mirrors1120 mm (44.1 in)
Seat Height700 mm (27.5 in)
Wheelbase1615 mm (63.5 in)
Rake/Trail32º/151mm
Fuel Tank Capacity / Efficiency22 liters (5.8 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride)339 kg (746 lbs)
Maximum Power98PS / 97bhp / 72 kW @ 5200rpm
Maximum Torque156Nm / 115 ft.lbs @ 2950rpm
Fuel Efficiency38 MPG City / 56 MPG Highway *Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle conducted under ideal laboratory conditions. Actual mileage may vary based upon personal riding habits, weather, vehicle condition, and other factors.
MSRP$14,799

Quotes

Triumph Thunderbird Storm

Visordown ---- "The engine is just too good for a riding position that hangs you out to dry in the breeze like some kind of S&M dungeon game. Harleys don’t get better the harder you rev them or the more you load them up, they get worse -wheezing and straining. For this class of bike an engine like that is perfect so while Triumph have built a dynamically far superior bike to anything produced in Milwaukee, they’ve kind of shot themselves in the corporate foot by making it too good. It’s just too fast and too capable. "

Motorcyclistonline ---- "Thinking of everything, the Triumph team brought along air-cooled twins and Rocket three-bangers for comparison. The Storm fits nicely between the beginner-ish Speedmaster/America models and the escaped-from-a-lunatic-asylum Rocket III. I was most comfortable on the America, built as it is for munchkins, but we’re talking fractions of inches here. If necessary, I will have shin implants to get the added power of the Storm, or maybe just move the pegs back a little. I have to pull a flatbed trailer full of plywood back to Home Depot, and the Storm won’t even notice it’s back there."

Telegraph ---- "You can travel for miles like this. The Storm uses a little more fuel than the T’Bird but will still do an easy 46-48mpg, enough for at least 200 miles, and it’s a viable tourer due to excellent comfort. Not with a passenger, however, because the rear seat is vestigial and precarious, although a plusher rear one is available for £110, and a touring dual seat for £255. You can get screens and luggage, too."



*Registration is required to post in this forum

Back to top