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.

  • 2012 Triumph Thunderbird
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    86PS / 85bhp / 63kW @ 4850rpm
  • MPG(Cty):
  • MPG(Hwy):
  • Torque @ RPM:
    146Nm / 108ft.lbs @ 2750rpm
  • Energy:
    Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle

Press Release

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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

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Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
Capacity 1597cc 1699cc
Bore/Stroke 103.8 x 94.3mm 107.1 x 94.3mm
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage
on throttle
Exhaust Chromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2, tandem
largevolume catalysts in centralised catbox, chrome-plated silencers
Final Drive Toothed Belt
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed, helical type 2nd - 6th
Oil Capacity 4.2 litres (1.1 US gals)

Chassis Running Gears and Displays

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Frame Tubular steel, twin spine
Swingarm Twin-sided, steel
Front Cast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5in
Rear Cast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 17 x 6.0in
Front 120/70 R19
Rear 200/50 R17
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
Instrument Display/
Analogue speedometer featuring integrated rev counter, scroll
button on handlebars, LCD trip computer, fuel gauge and clock

Dimensions and Capacities

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Length 2340mm (92.1in)
Width 880mm (34.6in)
Height without mirrors 1120mm (44.1in)
Seat Height 700mm (27.5in)
Wheelbase 1615mm (63.5in)
Rake/Trail 32º/151mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 22 litres (5.8 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 339kg (746lbs)

Performance and Fuel efifciency

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Maximum Power 86PS / 85bhp / 63kW @ 4850rpm
Maximum Torque 146Nm / 108ft.lbs @ 2750rpm
156Nm / 115ft.lbs @ 2950rpm
City 38 MPG
Highway 56 MPG


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.”

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