Triumph Thunderbird 1600 / 1700 For Sale
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.
- 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
- Loads of low down power
- No gear position indicator
- Really heavy
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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