Triumph Thunderbird Storm | First Ride

British hog-slayer

By Joe Gresh, Photography by Brian J. Nelson, Tom Riles

tech SPEC

EVOLUTION
A bigger bore, hotter cams, a pair of bug-eye headlamps and some black paint yield a stronger, meaner Thunderbird.

RIVALS
Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special, Honda VTX1800F, Boulevard M109R, Star Stryker, Victory Hammer.

TECH
Price: $13,899
Engine type: l-c parallel-twin
Valve train: DOHC, 8v
Displacement: 1699cc
Bore x stroke: 107.1 x 94.3mm
Compression: 9.7:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Claimed horsepower: 97 bhp @ 5200 rpm
Claimed torque: 115 lb.-ft. @ 2950 rpm
Frame: Tubular-steel twin-spine
Front suspension: Showa 47mm fork
Rear suspension: Showa shocks with adjustable spring preload
Front brake: Dual Nissin four-piston calipers, 310mm discs
Rear brake: Nissin two-piston caliper, 310mm disc
Front tire: 120/70R-19 Metzeler Marathon
Rear tire: 200/50R-17 Metzeler Marathon
Rake/trail: 32.0º/5.9 in.
Seat height: 27.5 in.
Wheelbase: 63.5 in.
Fuel capacity: 5.8 gal.
Claimed curb weight: 746 lbs.
Colors: Jet black
Available: Now
Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Triumph Motorcycles of America, Ltd.
385 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr. #100
Newnan, GA 30265
678.854.2010
www.triumphmotorcycles.com

VERDICT 4 out of 5 stars
Big, black and fast, and poised to take the competition by storm.

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