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A strong, willing engine, refined chassis, powerful looks and broad riding position give our new Thunderbird Commander the power and presence to dominate any road. Based on our original Thunderbird, the Commander easily impresses riders and onlookers with its classic cruiser style, premium feel and the world’s largest capacity parallel twin engine. And being a Triumph, it’s a cruiser that also gives you daylong comfort, practicality, character and, on top of all that, superb handling. There’s no compromise here.
Being a Triumph, the Thunderbird Commander is packed full of modern engineering. We 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 so your engine delivers its torque exactly the way you expect.
We gave the Commander a belt final drive for low maintenance and long life.
The world’s largest capacity parallel twin motorcycle engine. As based on the original Thunderbird parallel twin. The beating heart of the new Commander generates an organic, torquerich riding experience unmatched for sheer grunt and easeofuse.
Powered by a pair of saucersized forged pistons, the 1699cc eightvalve, DOHC engine’s uneven 270° firing interval and longstroke design produces a potent 94PS (93bhp) at 5400rpm and a huge 151Nm (111 lb.ft) of torque at a lowly 3550rpm, giving the Commander bags of twincylinder character.
Developed and refined by our engineers so that the Commander gives you performance through a seamless, snatchfree transmission.
TYPE Liquidcooled, DOHC, Paralleltwin, 270º firing interval
SYSTEM Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle
EXHAUST Chromed twinskin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2, tandem largevolume catalysts in centralised catbox, chromeplated silencers
FINAL DRIVE Toothed Belt
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate
GEARBOX 6speed constant mesh, helical type 2nd 6th
OIL CAPACITY 4.2L
We used all of our engineering expertise in making the geometry just right, so the Thunderbird Commander steers as beautifully as it looks. Even at low speeds. And it has to be extremely stable when going faster, yet amazingly agile when you ask it to change direction rapidly. So you get a bike that’s responsive, even in the tight, low speed manoeuvres. There’s no handling compromise when you choose a Triumph cruiser. We built the Thunderbird Commander to look mean and as well as put a smile on your face.
A dynamic engine with dynamic styling demands an equally dynamic chassis; one which reflects our belief that every bike, whatever its style, should be agile yet stable, have predictable, neutral steering and superior suspension and brakes. The Thunderbird Commander is no exception to that rule.
Wheels and Tyres
Fatsection 140/75 17inch front and 200/50 17inch rear tyres running on diamondturned cast wheels.
The Commander’s handling is further enhanced by a chassis specification worthy of sportier bikes. It features shrouded 47mm Showa forks, twin 5way preload adjustable Showa rear shocks, with optimised dualrate springs, keeping you isolated from bumps but in touch with the road.
Fourpot Nissin callipers on 310mm floating discs up front and a single Brembo calliper and 310mm disc at the rear.
From the moment you roll forward on the Thunderbird Commander, you’ll notice that handling control is a priority, not an afterthought. Light, neutral steering belies the width of the tyres, giving the rider form and function in one
package. The parallel twin engine’s compact weight distribution means the centre of gravity is focused in front and below your knees, giving the Commander a gentle, even tilt into turns.
The Thunderbird Commander gives you high quality footboards made from chromed highpressure diecast aluminium, featuring replaceable skid plates and an adjustable heel/toe gear lever.
Rider and pillion seat foam is a doublelayer, dualdensity material, soft and receptive on first feel but compressing to give a firmer, supportive yet pliant ride. The rider’s seat has also been especially shaped with wide, flared sides and a lumbar support to provide maximum comfort even at the end of a long day’s ride.
A massive 22 litres fuel tank with offcentre filler cap.
Tankmounted dash console including classic analoguestyle speedometer, a fuel gauge and an LCD with rangetoempty, twin trips, odometer and clock functions, conveniently scrollable via a handlebarmounted button.
FRAME Tubular Steel, twin spine
SWINGARM Twinsided, steel
FRONT WHEELS Cast aluminium alloy, 5 spoke, 17 x 3.5 inch
REAR WHEELS Cast aluminium alloy, 5 spoke, 17 x 6.0 inch
FRONT TYRES 140/75 ZR17
REAR TYRES 200/50 ZR17
FRONT SUSPENSION Showa 47mm forks. 120mm travel
REAR SUSPENSION Showa twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload. 109mm rear wheel travel
BRAKES FRONT Twin 310mm floating discs. Nissin 4piston fixed calipers
BRAKES REAR Single 310mm fixed disc. Brembo 2piston floating caliper
INSTRUMENT DISPLAY AND FUNCTIONS Analogue speedometer and fuel gauge. LCD trip computer, range to empty and clock. LCD function scroll button on handlebars.
MAX POWER EC 94PS @ 5400
MAX TORQUE EC 151NM @ 3550
Lithium Flame / Frozen Silver
Phantom Black / Storm Grey
- Brand: Triumph Motorcycles
- Product Code: THUNDERBIRDCOMMANDER2016