Triumph is an English motorcycle company that has been making bikes since 1902 and is still to this day. They make bikes with purpose and riding style in mind and to suit various types of riders, they offer several different types of motorcycles such as Adventure and Touring; Roadsters and Supersport; Cruisers; and Classics. The 2012 Triumph Thunderbird ABS is a cruising bike that has a tremendous amount of horsepower, torque, and speed, a very versatile suspension, a powerful braking system and all the comfort needed to enjoy long distance riding, mountain road riding, or run errands around town.
The Thunderbird is powered by a liquid-cooled, 1600cc dual overhead camshaft (DOHC), T-16 parallel-twin engine fueled by a multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection system. The exhaust system is a chromed twin-skin 2-1-2 design with large volume catalysts that are housed in a catbox, followed by chrome dual side pipes that taper off into megaphone tips. This system delivers 85 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque through a constant mesh transmission with six speeds and final toothed belt drive.
A powerful Brembo anti-lock braking system (ABS) in the front and rear and an all-around Showa suspension help make this big cruiser comfortable and safe on various road conditions. The riding position is comfortable for most due to a low seat, sporty handling, great balance and a firm feeling of control. This bike is designed for the old fashion cruiser with its features for comfort and engine for power.
- 1600cc T-16 parallel-twin engine with a 270 degree camshaft that delivers a substantial amount of horsepower and torque and low and high rpms, 85 horsepower at 4850 revolutions per minute (rpm) and 108lb-ft of torque at 2750rpm.
1.85 inch forks up front combined with twins shock absorbers with five adjustment levels in the rear ensure that the bike is a comfortable ride when alone or touring with a passenger.
- This big cruising bike is equipped with a braking system that lacks no amount of strength to stop it. 12.2 inch dual hydraulic disc with a four-piston Brembo calipers, combined with an ABS ensures a quick response and short braking distance.
The Thunderbird is equipped with a plethora of chromed accessories and high quality parts, including, five-spoke cast alloy wheels, a tank mounted console with a clock, two trip meters, fuel gauge, tachometer and self-canceling signals.
A large 5.2 gallon fuel tank is adorned by an ergonomic leather seat, add a great fuel efficiency of 38 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 56 mpg on the highway lets you enjoy a longer ride with fewer fuel stops.