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Overview: Triumph Thunderbird Motorcycle

  Posted at 09:30:27 AM
  File under  Exhibitions Intermot New Products Triumph
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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English motorcycle manufacturer Triumph continues producing very large displacement motorcycles. Their Rocket III is a prime example. At the German Intermot exhibition they showed off their recently announced Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle. It's not as big at the Rocket III, but it's bigger than most motorcycles on the market.

Triumph Thunderbird Motorcycle

The Thunderbird has the "traditional" cruiser look & feel to it, much like other older Triumph bikes. With the new 1599 cc engine and a torque of in excess of 100 ft/lb (135.60 Nm), and despite its weight (which has not been communicated), it can pull away from a red light like a dragster.

Triumph Thunderbird Motorcycle

Triumph Thunderbird Motorcycle
Here's what the press releases have to say:

Triumph has unveiled the all-new Thunderbird cruiser that will join the 2010 model line-up. Designed to take on the best in the cruiser category, combining sleek and modern custom styling with strong performance and great dynamics, the Thunderbird delivers an authentic cruiser experience in a uniquely Triumph package.

Triumph’s Thunderbird features an all-new 1599cc parallel twin-cylinder motor with six-speed gearbox and belt drive. The engine, with a bore and stroke of 103.8 x 94.3mm, will develop in excess of 75bhp in standard trim and produces more than 100 lb/ft of torque.

The Thunderbird will be offered with an extensive range of official accessories for riders who wish to tailor the bike to their individual needs. Whether they want a stripped-down and chromed-up hot rod with muscular performance or a fully dressed classic style custom-tourer for two-up touring, Triumph’s accessory range lets the rider customize the Thunderbird to their individual tastes. An ABS option will also be available.

Technical Specifications

Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel twin, 270º firing interval
Capacity 1599cc
Bore/Stroke 103.8 x 94.3mm
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI , progressive linkage on throttle
Final Drive Toothed belt
ClutchClutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed constant mesh, helical type
Frame Tubular steel, twin spine
Swingarm Twin sided, steel
Wheels Front: Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5 inch
Rear: Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 6 inch
Tires Front: 120/70 R19
Rear: 200/50 R17
Suspension Front: Showa 47mm forks
Rear: Showa chromed spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload.
Brakes Front: Twin 310mm fixed discs. Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers
Rear: Single 310mm fixed disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper
Instrument display/functions Tank mounted instrumentation with large speedo, integrated tacho and LCD display with odometer, twin trip counters, range-to-empty and clock. Auto-cancelling indicators
Length 2350mm (92.5 in)
Width (Handlebars) 947mm (37.2 in) (TBC)
Height 1216mm (47.9 in) (TBC)
Seat Height 702mm (27.6 in) (TBC)
Wheelbase 1641mm (64.6in)
Rake/Trail 32°/151.3mm
Dry Weight TBC
Fuel Tank Capacity 21 litres (5.5 gal US)
Maximum Power In excess of 80bhp
Maximum Torque In excess of 100ft.lbf

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