2010 Triumph Thunderbird

Think Of It As A 360-Degree V-Twin

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Jason Critchell

Tech Spec

The Thunderbird name re-emerges as a clean-sheet cruiser to fill the gap between Triumph's 865cc America/Speed-master twins and the 2294cc Rocket III triples

Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic, Victory Kingpin 8-Ball.

Price $12,499
Engine type l-c parallel-twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 1597cc
Bore x stroke 103.8 x 94.3mm
Compression 9.7:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 85 bhp @ 4850 rpm
Claimed torque 108 lb.-ft. @ 2750 rpm
Frame Tubular-steel double-backbone
Front suspension 47mm Showa fork
Rear suspension Twin Showa shocks with adjustable spring preload
Front brake Dual Nissin four-piston calipers, 310mm discs
Rear brake Brembo two-piston caliper, 310mm disc
Front tire 120/70-R19 Metzeler Marathon ME880
Rear tire 200/50-R17 Metzeler Marathon ME880
Rake/trail 32.0 deg./5.9 in.
Seat height 27.6 in.
Wheelbase 63.6 in.
Fuel capacity 5.8 gal.
Claimed dry weight 678 lbs.
Colors Jet Black, Pacific Blue/Fusion White,
  Aluminum Silver/Jet Black
Available Now
Warranty 24-mo., unlimited mi.
Contact Triumph Motorcycles America, Ltd.
  385 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr. #100
Newnan, GA 30265 678.854.2010

Verdict 4 stars out of 5
A thoroughly pleasant alternative to the ubiquitous big-inch V-twin.

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