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.
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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.
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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.
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Café racing passionate Sivert Raask from Sweden has recently presented his latest work, the Triumph Thunderbird 1600 Café Racer, which he seriously modified using parts from his own rear-sets and accessories shop, Raask. The bike gets a Ducati 900 tank, home-made seat as well as new exhausts and bikini fairing.
You can imagine where the rearsets and new speedometer have come from, but this actually looks like a great achievement considering that the Triumph Thunderbird isn’t a naked bike, but a veritable cruiser, meaning a long way from being turned into a café racer. Yet this one is and a very nice one too.
Raask bought the motorcycle new in August and transformed it over the winter. This is by far the first café racer he built and we reckon it won’t be the last either. Just read what the man has to say about his passion for café racers:
“Café racers have always been my favourite bikes. Back in 1967 I bought a boat ticket from Gothenburg to London, bought a used Norton Atlas, then brought it home and rebuilt it as a café racer.I did the same with a Commando.”
“More recently I’ve built café racer versions of the latest Bonneville and Rocket III so when I first saw the new Thunderbird I immediately thought it would be perfect to make into a café racer.”
And he did, right before Christmas, but we hear it wasn’t test ridden yet, so we should find out more about it after the Triumph Thunderbird Café Racer starts doing what it knows best. Full story
Triumph’s 2010 model range has two new Special Edition models, the Daytona 675 SE and Thunderbird SE.
The British manufacturer’s high spec middleweight supersport bike, the Daytona 675 SE stands out both from the standard model and from the previous SE model thanks to new flank graphics, white striped wheel, race-inspired brake and clutch levers and a host of carbon parts from Triumph’s accessories catalogue. This bike will hit dealerships on March 1st and have a price tag of $12,700.
In what the 2010 Triumph Thunderbird SE is concerned, it comes with standard ABS and gets the all-new Carnival Red color. Various genuine Triumph accessories are available for this model too. Expect to find the 2010 Thunderbird SE in dealerships from early March with an MSRP of $18,900.
Apart from the above mentioned, both bikes are technically unchanged from their standard siblings. Full story
Triumph ads an all new motorcycle to their 2010 cruiser lineup. Called the Thunderbird, this is one of those bikes that nobody saw coming and yet everyone knew about. While we heard more and more questions about Triumph planning to build a V-Twin engine, the UK-based motorcycle manufacturer went along and developed the largest production parallel-Twin motor to power their latest jewel.
Heritage isn’t something that bike manufacturers ever forget about and Triumph’s cruiser genes are found all over the new Thunderbird, a motorcycle that represents the very essence of modern British bike engineering and design. Full story
The first thing that you want to do when buying a motorcycle is brag about it to your friends. But when you have a 17,000 square foot garage filled with all kinds of motorized vehicles, bragging feels a bit out of sense. So in this case you go ahead and invite the motorcycle brand’s marketing manager and make a proper review on the model you just bought. This is precisely what talk show host and motorcyclist Jay Leno does every time he brings a new bike next to his precious Ducati Desmosedici RR, Vincent Black Shadow, Y2K Turbine Superbike and classic 1953 Triumph Thunderbird.
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Triumph barely finished launching their brand new 2009 Thunderbird 1600 model and designer guru Oberdan Bezzi has already come up with its own interpretation of the refined English custom. Powered by a larger displacement engine (1700cc), being fitted with superbike suspensions and wheels, while also featuring new aggressive design lines, the Italian designer’s concept drifts away from the original design and closer to that of the Star VMAX
, which reminds us once again that this last has no potent contender to fear of. Imagine the chances for this concept to be even considered for production.