Triumph Thunderbird Ash On Bikes

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Moto Guzzi Californian  Cruiser

Triumph Thunderbird

Pictures: Critchell . Paul Bryant

has the entry level end of the cruiser effectively covered with the America and Speedmaster — models are doing well in the US market and sell strongly in the world too. They on two counts: one is their easy manageability which gives strong appeal to relative the second is their combination of styling with a very Triumph character, and that-s not the parallel twin engine, but the British twin look into modern cruiser.

on image for gallery It-s to note these reasons for the twins- success because is hoping very much owners of these will to move up not to a Harley-Davidson but the new Thunderbird, and it need to offer as much if it-s going to work in the way. The monster 2.3 litre Three hasn-t done as as Triumph had hoped, mostly it because bigger isn-t better after all in America: do best in the 1.4 to 1.8 litre range, and only two cylinders will do. But it also be that the Rocket defining three-cylinder engine and size aside, actually is bland looking as cruisers go?

Triumph has readily admitted it is targeting Harley-Davidson with the and that it commissioned Californian Tim Prentice to produce a bike specifically at the American bikes. He up with the Thunderbird-s styling, the engine capacity is right with the Milwaukee machines, against the Harley twins- while everything else the bike is generic cruiser, the raked-out forks to the teardrop to the long, low stance.

Triumph has broken with cruiser for the engine, using the classic parallel twin layout just about every cruiser, and certainly every uses a V-twin. Triumph it can get away with this the British brand is still thought of in the States as well as identified by the parallel twin, and probably right. The question is, with a different motor, the bike offer enough to tempt Harley regulars, after all is the only way it will in big numbers?

I-m not entirely convinced, and despite the Thunderbird being to a Harley in just about way you can measure. The engine for example all you-d want from a in terms of feel as well as and torque. It-s a low, low unit producing a muscular (146Nm) of torque at a mere and a sufficient 85bhp (86PS, at less than 5,000rpm.

The crankpins are staggered 90 degrees to produce uneven, V-twin-like intervals, so when you crack the throttle the motor thumps and the bike lunges forward satisfying urge. Vibration is low frequency rather than tingles, although spin the beyond 5000rpm (not you normally would) and it does harsh, while the fuelling is smooth yet immediate and utterly It even manages to use less than most other according to Triumph (and always found the company-s in this respect perfectly and accurate), improving on a typical by some 25 per cent with (5.2 l/100km, 45mpg US) in riding and 44mpg (6.4 37mpg US) at a steady 75mph

The transmission is unobtrusive with gear selection and the first drive on a Triumph for 85 years. as product manager Simon said, they couldn-t the original engineer to call on his But then the inverted-tooth, Kevlar-reinforced belt is vastly superior to a version, quiet, clean and and requiring very little And it won-t slip in the wet.

Triumph has put a lot of effort into the determined to endow the Thunderbird superior handling to a Harley, so it has a frame and better suspension. In the steering at low speed is very most cruisers with forks raked out at something the Triumph-s 32 degrees tend to in to corners, and stand up if you brake leaning, but the Thunderbird does remaining neutral and as a consequence, easy to handle.

Whether a bend, mini-roundabout or high turn, the Thunderbird sweeps impressively demanding the minimum from the rider. This is a relevant superiority, not in terms of but giving the bike a natural, feel.

The brakes do the job unobtrusively, for high pressures for hard but responding well and proportionally, the optional ABS is smooth and works certainly better than Triumph attempts which badly upset the chassis on surfaces.

This despite the suspension soft, inevitable as low speed is the primary aim. Bumps at have the bike bouncing but still the damping does a job of controlling the wheels and providing the ride quality in the class. Add to the comfortable riding position, is upright and spacious while the ergonomic extremes of many along with the generous 4.8 (22 litres, 5.8 gallons US) fuel and you have a genuinely useful as a well as a cruiser, a too-rare

You really can go places on this and there-s no shortage of accessories to it into exactly the machine after, with various and screen options for touring as as an array of shiny bits: you spend up to £7,000 on extras if you the need.

The finish quality is far consistent than a Harley-s While the American bikes mix of the very best finish some unforgivably awful such as hose clips exhausts or bolts and silencers start rusting from the Triumph-s corrosion resistance is good and the Thunderbird-s attention to is impressive. The styling is well and nicely themed too: the way the final drive cover on the is angled to match the slash at the end of the for example.

Moto Guzzi Californian  Cruiser

So why do I have reservations? Well, are not so much to do with the UK market I think the Thunderbird-s dynamic along with its provenance help it succeed in the cruiser It really is a great bike to especially as it addresses what riders like in particular by and sounding good, while better range and rust than a Harley really here in Britain.

The price is lower too. I just that the styling is too generic. the trademark Triumph engine the could be any cruiser from any except Harley itself.

cruisers each have particular characters beyond being cruisers, such as the custom Rocker C, the Fifties King and ironically the Euro-custom-inspired Fat Bob. As a result, the Thunderbird the presence or character of a Harley, and does matter, more any superiority in the handling or performance

I suspect American Harley will see the Thunderbird, nod in appreciation at the and find it pleasing to look at, but nothing to really grab attention and persuade them to the home team. Still, is just the first of many for — if Harley can make bikes using the same then Triumph has plenty of yet to add individuality with niche

And for the British rider, all this less anyway: this is a cruiser with values are more important to us. The cruiser is smaller here but Triumph grab a useful slice of it the Thunderbird.

Price: £9,499 add £600. Two-tone paint: add

Available: June 2009

Triumph Motorcycles Ltd, 251700,


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