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Less chrome, more power and more attitude. The Thunderbird Storm comes with a 1700cc engine and hardedged style. Based on our original Thunderbird, the Storm keeps the pure Triumph twinned headlights but adds a low, blacked out look that's mean and minimalist for massive street presence backed up by huge torque and confident handling. We squeezed 102cc more from the musclebound parallel twin engine so that it packs an even bigger punch. Still laidback but underpinned by serious power and the best handling in the class. This is a cruiser with a dark side.
We took the 1597cc parallel twin from the Thunderbird and boosted its capacity to 1699cc with 3.3mm bigger pistons in huge, 107.1mm bores. So the Thunderbird Storm does have a classic looking engine that packs a mighty punch, but that power is delivered smoothly thanks to twin balance shafts. The result of the Thunderbird Storm’s bigger engine is more power at 98PS. And an even higher peak torque at 115lb.ft right down at 2,950rpm with more torque across the rev range. So it delivers instant thrust when you twist the throttle, even at very low rpm.
Despite the aircooled appearance, the Thunderbird Storm engine is liquidcooled. We placed its radiator unobtrusively between the frame downtubes and the fat, twin exhaust headers. And there's plenty more 21st century technology tucked away too, like our highly accurate sequential fuel injection system with its progressive throttle linkage so you get power predictably and smoothly. 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.
The Thunderbird Storm has a big black engine with upright cylinders and machined cooling fin edges to help define its imposing shape. Many other parts of the Thunderbird Storm are black. Including the rear springs and headlight bowls.
The final drive is an inverted tooth belt with carbon fibre strands to give it a higher tensile strength than steel. While the pulleys have a patented ultrahard coating that minimises wear so that the whole belt drive system needs very little attention. It's really quiet and clean too.
6 Speed Gear Box
The transmission uses a sixspeed gearbox with a tall top ratio for relaxed highway cruising and exceptional fuel efficiency.
We gave the Thunderbird Storm double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, along with a very tall top ratio in the sixspeed transmission for a great ride and to help the fuel economy. Even at 75mph you get almost 50mpg, as good as some commuter bikes.
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 gave the Thunderbird Storm fat 47mm diameter forks with plenty of travel at 120mm. And the rear shocks are adjustable for spring preload so you can set the bike up to suit your load or riding style.
We used all of our engineering expertise in making the geometry just right, so the Thunderbird Storm steers as great 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 that some cruisers make hard work of.
We wanted plenty of stopping power to match the engine on the Thunderbird Storm. So you get a pair of fourpiston callipers at the front to scrub off speed in an instant and give great feedback, backed up by ABS as standard.
You get a feeling of control on the Thunderbird Storm, with forwardsited footrests and controls and wide, pulledback bars for a spacious, comfortable riding position. Comfortable enough for much more than a quick trip into town or a Sunday spin. And, even though the passenger seat detaches to enhance the lean looks of the bike when riding solo, it's still comfortable and relaxed enough for a pillion. The high quality suspension being more than enough to keep the ride plush and stable even when there are two people on board.
We built the twin spine, steel tube frame of the Thunderbird Storm to be exceptionally stiff. Then we reinforced it with the engine itself, making it a stressed component of the chassis for even more agility.
Wheels and Tyres
We’ve fitted Metzeler tyres to fivespoke cast aluminium wheels that, not only look the part in their black finish, but are light for sharper handling. Tyres are fat with a wide 200 section dominating the rear view and are mounted on modern fivespoke alloy wheels black finished, of course.
With a seat just 700mm from the ground, you’ll find the Thunderbird Storm very accessible for such a big bike.
FRAME Tubular Steel, twin spine
SWINGARM Twinsided, steel
FRONT WHEELS Cast aluminium alloy 5spoke 19 x 3.5 in
REAR WHEELS Cast aluminium alloy 5spoke 17 x 6 in
FRONT TYRES 120/70 R19
REAR TYRES 200/50 R17
FRONT SUSPENSION Showa 47mm forks. 120mm travel
REAR SUSPENSION Showa chromed spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload. 95mm 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 featuring integrated rev counter, scroll button on handlebars, LCD trip computer, fuel gauge and clock
MAX POWER EC 98PS @ 5200
MAX TORQUE EC 156NM @ 2950
- Brand: Triumph Motorcycles
- Product Code: THUNDERBIRDSTORMABSA12016