2011 Triumph Thunderbird
- Cycle World Cruiser of the Year in 2009 and 2010
- Bespoke 1,600cc parallel-twin powerplant delivers
- Class leading handling and braking characteristics
- Low, 700mm, seat height for classic looks and
- Almost 100 official accessories for limitless
- SE version comes with dedicated light touring
- Large, 22 litre fuel tank for long-distance cruising
- Special new colour options available for 2011
- Two year unlimited mileage warranty as standard
Twice awarded ‘Cruiser of the Year’
by leading US magazine Cycle World, Triumph’s
cruiser has been an unbridled success since its introduction
in the summer of 2009.
Designed from the ground up as Triumph’s first
entry in the mainstream premium cruiser sector, the
Thunderbird combines classic cruiser styling and ergonomics
with the British company’s engineering
and design excellence.
At the heart of the Thunderbird is the 1600cc T-16
parallel-twin engine, a unique feature in a class
of V-twins. The character-laden engine features a
270-degree crankshaft and delivers a mountainous
146Nm of torque at just 2750rpm.
Triumph has used the knowledge gained developing
class leading sports bikes like the Daytona 675
and Speed Triple to endow the Thunderbird with levels
of control and precision previously unheard
of in a cruiser. The tubular twin spine steel frame
features 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. Powerful twin 310mm floating
discs up front are grabbed by powerful
four-piston brakes for progressive stopping power,
with optional ABS for increased rider security.
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 bespoke Metzeler tyres, while the tank
mounted speedo includes a comprehensive on-board computer
which includes a clock, two trip meters
and fuel gauge, in addition to a small and stylish
tachometer and self-cancelling indicators.
A large, 22 litre, 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 customised to the rider’s personal
taste. A range
of almost 100 accessories are available for the Thunderbird
and allow 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 pizzaz.
For 2011 the Thunderbird comes with a wide range
of standard and limited run special colours.
Standard options include the ever popular metallic
Phantom Black and two-tone Pacific Blue with
Fusion White centre stripe and Aluminium Silver with
Phantom Black centre stripe