Triumph Thunderbird 1600 / 1700 For Sale

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Triumph Thunderbird 1600 / 1700
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Insurance Costs: 7 of 10
Current Prices: £9,550–£5,150

What Is It?

The Triumph Thunderbird is a cruiser style bike and is powered by a liquid cooled 1,597 cc 270º parallel twin engine, producing 84.5 bhp at a low 4,850 rpm and maximum torque at just 2,750 rpm. Like a number of other cruisers final drive is via belt.

Features include:

  • Tubular Steel frame and swingarm
  • Dual 310 mm discs with Nissin four piston calipers
  • 310 mm disc at the rear with Brembo two piston caliper
  • ABS system
  • 47 mm Showa fork with 120 mm travel
  • Dual rear shocks with adjustable pre-load and 95 mm travel
  • Chromed 2->1->2 exhaust system
  • 6 speed gearbox

The basic Thunderbird is roughly 1,600 cc but Triumph did offer a 1,699 cc 97 bhp Big Bore Kit which many people opted for and which forms the basis for most of the later versions.

The 5-spoke 19" front wheel takes a 120/70 tyre and the rear 17" a fat 200/50.

Accessories include the big bore 1,700 cc kit (£730), ABS, tall screen, leather panniers (£520), touring seat (£310), heated grips (£153), rider backrest, pillion backrest (£155), rear rack (£102), fog lights (£290), headlight cowl, dresser bars and floorboards (£205).

Colours: Black, grey, blue, red, red/silver

Up And Down The Range

Storm (2011 On): 1,700 cc, blacked out, low bars, dual headlights and ABS.

Nightstorm (2015 On): Special Edition Storm with blacked out exhausts, mirrors, custom paint job, Showa shocks and premium seat.

Commander (2014 On): More touring oriented with 17" front wheel, Showa shocks, adjustable fork and floorboards.

LT (2014 On): Fully dressed Commander with 16" wheels, white walled tyres, screen, panniers, pillion backrest and three front lights.

Review In A Few

What's Good?

  • Loads of low down power
  • Handling

Any Downsides?

  • No gear position indicator
  • Really heavy

Specs

Launch RRP: £9,500

Capacity: 1,597 cc (very high)

Power: 85 bhp / 63 kW (average)

Red Line: 6,500 rpm (average)

Top Speed: 120 mph / 193 km/h (high)

Economy: 45 mpg / 6.3 L/100km (average)

Range: 220 miles / 354 km (high)

Fuel Capacity: 22.0 litres / 4.8 gallons (very high)

Seat Height: 700 mm / 27.6 inches (low)

Dry Weight: 308 kg / 679 pounds

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Price Guide

Year
Dealer
Private
Part Ex
Mileage
2009
£6,450
£5,150
£4,500
17,500
2010
£6,900
£5,500
£4,800
16,100
2011
£7,300
£5,850
£5,100
14,500
2012
£7,700
£6,150
£5,400
12,900
2013
£8,050
£6,450
£5,650
11,100
2014
£8,400
£6,750
£5,900
9,200
2015
£8,700
£7,000
£6,100
7,200
2016
£9,050
£7,250
£6,350
5,100
2017
£9,300
£7,450
£6,500
5,100
2018
£9,550
£7,650
£6,700
3,700
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Popularity & How Many Left

Year
On Road
Off Road
Total
For Sale
2009
192
50
242
34 / month
2010
361
108
469
38 / month
2011
203
76
279
36 / month
2012
119
27
146
43 / month
2013
86
24
110
26 / month
2014
56
11
67
32 / month
2015
45
9
54
Rarely
2016
20
-
20
5 / month
2017
4
-
4
Rarely
2018
-
-
-
Rarely

Source: DVLA