It’s a classy combination, but it only takes one look at the Triumph Thunderbird to instantly know it's got the lot. From making big miles disappear to dominating the urban landscape; whichever you choose, the world’s largest parallel twin engine has every answer.
The Triumph Thunderbird Storm is a blacked-out, mean-streets cruiser that uses its enlarged motor to hammer out even more gut-wrenching bottom-end performance. The 1699cc Thunderbird Storm engine raises the bar even higher to 98PS and a simply colossal 156Nm of torque. It means Thunderbird Storm’s low down power deliveries are specifically engineered to suit their chilled-out cruising vibe, whilst still coming fully armed with serious performance under the tank to lay down the law when action is called for. With forged pistons the size of saucers, the Storm's 1699cc, eight-valve, water-cooled parallel twin is engineered with a 270° firing interval for a chunky, charismatic power delivery. Twin balance shafts soothe low frequency vibes, allowing the Thunderbird’s pulsating torque to be felt across the rev range.
The Triumph Thunderbird’s smooth, six-speed gear ratios deliver every ounce of the engine’s torque-rich performance, from the intense thrust of first gear right the way to an overdrive top gear for relaxed cruising and exceptional fuel efficiency. The Thunderbird's belt drive, with carbon fibre in the belt and a tungsten carbide treatment on the rear pulley, has a higher tensile strength than steel and ensures snatch-free transmission with high durability and almost no maintenance compared to chain-drive. And it doesn’t need oiling. Stylish on the outside, modern on the inside. The Storm features chunky 47mm Showa forks with 120mm of travel. Set-up and carefully matched to a pair of five-way preload adjustable shocks at the rear, with 95mm of travel giving the right dynamic for everything from spirited solo riding to two up touring.
The Storm's frame is built with a massively strong twin steel tube spine layout that utilises the engine as a strengthening factor, with optimised geometry to maintain user-friendly steering. But the frame also shows off the stunning parallel twin as the bike’s design focal point. Style matters, which is why the Thunderbird Storm stirs emotion visually as well as on the road. From mechanical highlights like machined cooling fins, chrome covers and careful exhaust routing, to the aesthetics of diamond-turned cast wheels or wire spokes, deep fenders, hand-painted coach lines and lustrous body-colours, each Thunderbird is built with the quality and detailing you’d expect of a prestige Triumph cruiser.
|WIDTH / HEIGHT||880mm / 1120mm|
|BORE X STROKE||107.1 mm X 94.3 mm|
|COMPRESSION RATIO||9.7 : 1|
|TRANSMISSION||6-Speed Wet, multi-plate|
|SEAT HEIGHT||700 mm|
|DRY WEIGHT||308Kg (22.0L Fuel)|
|ENGINE||Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval|