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2014 Triumph Thunderbird Commander

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  • Triumph Thunderbird Commander
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
  • Transmission:
    6-speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    94
  • MPG(Cty):
    38
  • MPG(Hwy):
    56
  • Torque @ RPM:
    108
  • Energy:
    Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
  • Displacement:
    1699 cc
  • Price:
    15699

The Triumph Thunderbird Commander is based on the company’s original Thunderbird but it features a different, cruiser-oriented personality.

The motorcycle was built with comfort in mind, therefore it features a relaxed, laid-back riding position and a plethora of storage places.

As far as power is concerned, the Triumph Thunderbird Commander is equipped with the same 1699cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin engine as the Thunderbird Roadster, but it features a different state of tune that helps it deliver more useable torque, lower down the rev range, for a better touring experience. The unit puts out a maximum power of 94 PS at 5400 rpm and 146 NM of torque at 2750 rpm. The engine is fed by a 5.8us gallon fuel tank and is mated to a six speed transmission.

The 2014 Triumph Thunderbird Commander is priced at $15,699.

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2016 Triumph Thunderbird Storm / Thunderbird Commander / Thunderbird LT

2016 Triumph Thunderbird Storm / Thunderbird Commander / Thunderbird LT

Like nearly all of Triumph Motorcycle’s current offerings, the Thunderbird family has some very deep roots indeed. A design dreamed up by Edward Turner, the Thunderbird made its debut run from 1949 to 1966, and reappeared in Triumph’s lineup a number of times with different engines and designs.

Originally called the 6T “Thunderbird,” the 1950 year-model 6T was made famous with Americans by Hollywood in 1953 when it was immortalized in the Marlon Brando picture The Wild One, and our love affair with the family (and outlaw biker culture) has endured through the years.

Today I want to take a look at the newest Thunderbird range which includes the Commander, Storm and LT, to see if they live up to the name they bear. The word “icon” gets thrown around a lot these days, almost to the point that it has lost some of its impact, but the Thunderbird and its paper dart actually fit the bill. In other words, these three machines have some pretty big shoes to fill. Let’s see how they do, shall we?

Continue reading for my review of the Triumph Thunderbird Storm, Thunderbird Commander, and Thunderbird LT.

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2015 Triumph Thunderbird Commander

2015 Triumph Thunderbird Commander

With a bigger engine than its predecessor, the 2014 Thunderbird, the 2015 Thunderbird Commander from Triumph packs a bigger punch in its appearance as well as performance. Spec-wise, it’s a carryover from the 2014 Thunderbird Commander with the addition of a Jet Black color choice. With black jugs accentuated with polished edges and plenty of shine in other places — such as an imposing polished top yoke, twin headlamp cans and polished stainless steel fork shrouds — the Thunderbird Commander could be considered a dressier version of the Storm, but with cruiser floorboards instead of pegs. If you think bling and nice paint is the thing, take a look at the Thunderbird Commander.

Continue reading for my review of the 2015 Triumph Thunderbird Commander.

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2015 Triumph Thunderbird

2015 Triumph Thunderbird

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.

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2014 Triumph Thunderbird Commander

2014 Triumph Thunderbird Commander

The Triumph Thunderbird Commander is based on the company’s original Thunderbird but it features a different, cruiser-oriented personality.

The motorcycle was built with comfort in mind, therefore it features a relaxed, laid-back riding position and a plethora of storage places.

As far as power is concerned, the Triumph Thunderbird Commander is equipped with the same 1699cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin engine as the Thunderbird Roadster, but it features a different state of tune that helps it deliver more useable torque, lower down the rev range, for a better touring experience. The unit puts out a maximum power of 94 PS at 5400 rpm and 146 NM of torque at 2750 rpm. The engine is fed by a 5.8us gallon fuel tank and is mated to a six speed transmission.

The 2014 Triumph Thunderbird Commander is priced at $15,699.

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2014 Triumph Thunderbird

2014 Triumph Thunderbird

Low, mean and classy, the 2014 Triumph Thunderbird is a modern cruiser that offers first class performances in terms of handling.

Its relaxed riding position, the attractive design language and strong engine offer a tasty mix that will make your heart go pumping like crazy every time you’ll start riding down the street.

Talking about engine, the Triumph Thunderbird is propelled by a 1597 cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, parallel twin unit which rewards you with a maximum power of 86 PS and a thumping 146 Nm of torque at just 2750rpm. All this power is kept in leash by a six speed transmission.

Other features worthy of being mentioned include 19 and 17 inch front and rear cast aluminum wheels, a 5.8 gallons fuel tank and a tubular steel frame.

The 2014 Triumph Thunderbird is offered with a base price of $13,499.

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2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT

2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT

Triumph launched its new 2014 Thunderbird LT at EICMA. The motorcycle is loaded with a long list of comfort features which make it a great choice for touring lovers.

It is powered by a 1597 cc, Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin engine that delivers a maximum power of 86PS at 4850 rpm and 146NM of torque at 2750 rpm. The engine is fueled by a 22 liter fuel tank and is mated to a six speed constant mesh transmission.

Compared to the previous generation, the 2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT comes with lighter bars, whitewalled radial tires, laced rims and a 3-piece headlight.

Other features worthy of being mentioned include embossed saddlebags, a passenger backrest, spacious floorboards and a mid-sized windscreen.

As far as paint jobs are concerned, the 2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT is offered in Caspian Blue/Crystal White and Lava Red/Phantom Black.

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2012 Triumph Thunderbird

2012 Triumph Thunderbird

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.

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2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm

2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm

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.

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2013 Triumph Thunderbird Storm

2013 Triumph Thunderbird Storm

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.

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Custom: Triumph Thunderbird Café Racer

Custom: Triumph Thunderbird Café Racer

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.

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2010 Triumph Limited Edition models

2010 Triumph Limited Edition models

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.

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2010 Triumph Thunderbird

2010 Triumph Thunderbird

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.

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2010 Triumph Thunderbird enters Jay Leno's Garage

2010 Triumph Thunderbird enters Jay Leno’s Garage

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.

Hit the jump to see the walk-through and test ride performed by Jay Leno itself.

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Oberdan Bezzi Design: Triumph Hurricat 1700

Oberdan Bezzi Design: Triumph Hurricat 1700

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.

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