Laid back and relaxed, the Thunderbird is exactly the way a cruiser should be.
But, on top of that, Triumph engineering has added superior performance and handling without ever diluting what the Thunderbird is all about.

The engine itself is unique in its class, a classic Triumph parallel twin. And the styling is pure cruiser with sweeping lines, low seat and high bars. But like any Triumph it’s highly practical too, and perfectly feasible as an everyday commuter. A long, low, fat-tyred, chromed up, everyday commuter.

Continue reading for more information on the Triumph Thunderbird.

  • 2015 Triumph Thunderbird
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Liquid-cooled, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
  • Displacement:
    1597 L
  • Price:

2015 Triumph Thunderbird Key Features:

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• Distinctive 1597cc, belt drive, parallel twin engine delivering 146Nm of torque at just 2750rpm.
• Overdrive sixth gear ratio delivers excellent fuel economy from long range 22 litre tank
• Low 700mm seat height delivers classics looks coupled with an easy riding dynamic
• Showa suspension and Nissin ABS brakes

2015 Triumph Thunderbird Features and Benefits:

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Triumph made sure that the Thunderbird’s authentic classic style lives on. With a long, low stance, fat rear tyre, teardrop tank and high bars. By keeping it pure, uncluttered, clean and elegant, with plenty of chrome, it still looks exactly how a cruiser should look.

The Thunderbird’s handsome engine is large enough to dominate the bikes appearance, with a sophisticated black finish contrasting with its chromed covers. Fat exhaust pipes and machined cooling fin edges add to the style, which continues even on the fuel injection throttle bodies.

The instruments are set into a tank-mounted chromed pod, leaving the top yoke area lean to show off the array of polished aluminium and chrome, so it looks as great to you as it does to the people watching it pass by.


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The Thunderbird’s 1597cc parallel twin engine kicks out a muscular 86PS and a thumping 146Nm of torque at just 2750rpm.

Full of modern engineering, Triumph added double overhead camshafts and a crankshaft with 270 degree firing intervals, to give you an engine with authentic cruiser character. Whilst the fuelling is looked after by a sequential fuel injection system and progressive throttle linkage which ensures the engine delivers its torque exactly the way you expect.

6 Speed Gear Box
The transmission uses a six-speed gearbox with a tall top ratio for relaxed highway cruising and exceptional fuel efficiency.

Belt Drive
Triumph has incorporated high tech materials in the belt and pulleys so you get a drive with an exceptionally long life even compared with other modern bikes. And almost zero maintenance requirements.

It’s also smooth, quiet and helps keep the rear of the bike clean.


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Triumph gave the Thunderbird a twin spine steel frame that’s exceptionally stiff. Coupled with well-dampened suspension this gives you a plush ride and exceptionally stable, easy handling for a bike in this class.

With their 47mm diameter and 120mm of travel, the forks are carefully matched by Triumph suspension specialists to the pair of chromed rear shocks. And, their 5-position adjustable spring preload allows you to adjust them to suit the way you want to ride.

Triumph made sure that the brakes are well up to the Thunderbird’s wide range of capabilities. A pair of four-piston callipers up front provide sufficient power to cope with a fully loaded bike, high speeds and mountainous terrain. You’ll find they offer loads of feedback too.

Wheels and Tyres
The Thunderbird gets handsome, five spoke cast alloy wheels, fitted with Metzeler tyres.

Triumph built the Thunderbird to give cruiser riders a bike that handles as well as it looks.

That’s why it steers so well, especially at low speeds despite the forks being raked out at a cool-looking 32 degrees.

The Thunderbird is surprisingly agile too with enough ground clearance for decent lean angles and an engaging ride when the road gets interesting.

Seat Height
The seat is very low at just 700mm and the cruising position is relaxed and spacious, with the footrests positioned forward to keep you comfortable without being too much of a stretch.

The low seat also means that it’s easy to plant both feet firmly on the ground. So no matter what your height is, you can confidently manoeuvre even at low speeds.

Riding Position
As you’d expect, the bars are pulled back and wide, so the grips are exactly where you want them. Giving you a relaxed stance and the high levels of control you want on a bike of this size.

Equipment and Technology:

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Instruments and Computer
Triumph know you might spend a lot of time on your Thunderbird so Triumph has included high levels of equipment. An on-board computer in the tank-mounted instrument pod which includes a clock, range to empty, twin trip meters and a fuel gauge. As well as a neat, compact rev counter and electronic self cancelling indicators. Everything’s right where you need it.

Tank Range
On a big bike like this Triumph were able to fit a 22 litre tank. So, along with the high efficiency engine, the Thunderbird has an exceptional fuel range, at 56mph the Thunderbird will give you more than 67mpg. In fact, it’s easily capable of more than 200 miles between refuelling stops.

Triumph fit ABS to the Thunderbird as standard. So it never loses it’s cool.


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Cruiser of the Year
Voted ’Cruiser of the Year’ by Cycle World magazine in the USA.

Key Accessories:

Chrome Line Passenger Footboard Kit
To add a touch of Luxury for you passenger, add the Chromeline Passenger Footboard Kit for increased comfort. Available in Chromeline or Classic and requires the Passenger Footboard Hardware Kit.

Chrome Luggage Rack
Packing for a longer journey? The Chrome Luggage Rack provides you with an extra storage option with a carrying capacity of 5kg. Made from high quality tubular steel with a chrome plated finish.

Engine Dresser Bars
For when it’s just you and the road ahead, combine the Engine Dresser Bars featuring a high quality finish with the Chromeline Highway Pegs for a true Cruiser experience.

Front Caliper Caps
The high gloss, hand polished Chrome Caliper Covers featured laser etched Triumph Branding providing a neat and tidy finish to the front wheel.

Leather Panniers
The essential cruiser accessory, the Leather Panniers have a combined carrying capacity of 42 litres. Triumph Branded buckles with hidden snap clips enhance ease of use while maintaining the classic look of the panniers. Requires the Pannier Mounting Kit for fitment.

Rear Dresser Bars
Complete the Dresser Bar set with the Rear Engine Dresser Bars featuring a high gloss chrome finish.

Rider Comfort
Combine the Longhaul Touring Seat Dual and Rider Backrest to experience complete comfort for those longer days on the road. Features premium Sky renna Fabric and distinctive detail on both items, the rider seat has never looked more appealing.

Passenger Backrest Bar and Backrest Pad
For premium comfort in addition to the previous accessory combination, the Quick Release Passenger Backrest Bar and Longhaul Passenger Backrest Pad together will enhance your passengers comfort and experience.

Warranty and Service:

Triumph confidence provides you with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty on your new Triumph and Genuine Accessories. Alongside the knowledge that Triumph give you a 12 month unlimited mileage warranty on replacement parts.

The Thunderbird carries 6,000 mile (10,000km) service intervals.


Engine type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
Capacity 1597cc
Bore 103.8mm
Stroke 94.3mm
Fuel system Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle
Exhaust Chromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2 exhaust system with chrome plated silencers
Final drive Toothed Belt
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed, helical type 2nd - 6th
Oil capacity 4.2L
Frame Tubular Steel, twin spine
Swingarm Twin-sided, steel
Front Wheels Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5 in
Rear Wheels Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 6 in
Front Tyres 120/70 R19
Rear Tyres 200/50 R17
Front Suspension Showa 47mm forks. 120mm travel
Rear Suspension Showa chromed spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload. 95mm rear wheel travel
Brakes front Twin 310mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers, ABS
Brakes rear Single 310mm fixed disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Instrument display and functions Analogue speedometer featuring integrated rev counter, scroll button on handlebars, LCD trip computer, fuel gauge and clock
Length 2340mm
Width handlebars 880mm
Height without mirror 1120mm
Seat height 700mm
Wheelbase 1615mm
Rake 32º
Trail 151mm
Tank capacity 22l
Wet weight 339 kg
Dry weight 308 kg
Max power ec 86BHP @ 4850
Max torque ec 146NM @ 2750
Color Options Phantom Black, Caspian Blue Phantom Black, Lava Red / Silver Frost
Price £11,699 (Phantom Black)
£11,999 (Caspian Blue Phantom Black, Lava Red / Silver Frost)


“To the onlooker, Triumph Cruiser bikes could be mistaken for being just about pure classic cruiser style.” ----- Total Motorcycle

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