2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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2011 Triumph Thunderbird First Ride

New drag-style a hopped-up engine and blacked-out instill a little aggression the performance and styling of the 2011 Storm. Check it out in our 2011 Storm First Ride

They call the new Thunderbird because it’s dark as thunderclouds. Black is the only it comes in and black is the color of of its components. This marketing has proven successful for other and its popularity is attractive to younger so it’s no surprise Triumph is attempting to ride that and boost motorcycle sales.

The chrome and polish of the standard is gone, replaced by the Storm’s drag appeal. How good of a job did do in injecting the 2011 Thunderbird with a new attitude? Good to convince a Maricopa County that a band of working doing photo passes in the of the Sonoran Desert was a marauding of law-breaking bikers who he felt to pull over and give the

Nice job, Triumph.

aesthetics, what other can you make to improve a motorcycle pretty much swept the as “2010 Cruiser of the Year?” For it meant bumping up displacement on its Twin engine by almost with the addition of a big bore The 1700 kit was originally designed as a installed upgrade which now standard on the 2011 Thunderbird

The new bore measures out at 107.1mm, than the 2010 Thunderbird’s dimension. It still thumps at the same compact 94.3mm New cylinder liners aim to make the smoother, while the Storm’s also functions with camshafts and new gaskets.

Power are claimed to be bumped up to 97 hp @ 5200 rpm and 115 of torque @ 2950 rpm with output coming on a couple rpm later than the 1600cc Twin of the 2010 T-Bird.

(L) rolled out its Speedmaster, America, III Roadster and Thunderbird Storm at the intro in Scottsdale. (M) The big bore kit on the Thunderbird Storm bumps up numbers to a claimed 97 hp @ 5200 rpm and 115 of torque @ 2950. (R) The T-Bird has a new look to its front end thanks to the to dual headlights, a tall and drag-style bars.

In the saddle, the most noticeable is the way the big bore kit gives it more at low rpm. There’s no lugging and just a modest twist of the the hit is immediate. Rev it up to 2500 rpm, the clutch and watch it lay down a black streak behind The powerband is generous and delivery is throughout.

The wide range of gear meant we seldom saw gear. Liquid-cooling keeps heat to a minimum (we were in 37-degree weather, though) and its firing order gives it character without a bunch of Give the engine’s twin shafts credit for the nominal too.

The big bore kit also a deeper rumble from the chrome pipes without the ire of the EPA thanks to large-volume catalysts the 2-1-2 exhausts.

The Thunderbird six-speed gearbox is unchanged. is a good thing. The Thunderbird’s was already one of the smoothest cruiser on the market. Each cog engages and is quiet when compared to cruisers on the market.

The helical cut gears Triumph in second through sixth greatly to its quiet operation and engagement. A toothed belt drive completes a potent package. The only lash we was under hard launches at rpm when we were doing our Hector Arana impersonation.

The Triumph Thunderbird Storm has a new to its front end thanks to the switch to headlights, the addition of a tall and swapping out to drag-style bars.

The Triumph Thunderbird Storm is we remember the original to be. Fuel is refined, the six-speed gearbox smoothly without much noise and its brakes are strong. 310mm discs with four-piston calipers anchor the while Brembo two-piston pinch the big rear 310mm

The front discs have a bite to them with you can feel at the lever. The rear applies even pressure and a lot to lock up. ABS isn’t available yet for the but Triumph says it will be an in 2012.

A big part of the Storm’s stance is the look of its front New drag-style bars are straighter, sit on a new riser and fall easily in They are set a little more shoulder-wide at 34.6 inches, closer to the rider than and tilt the ergos slightly upright. The buzz in the bars at we experienced with the 2010 has noticeably decreased.

A 27.5-inch seat height the T-Bird Storm’s center of nice and low and contributes to its planted at the bars when it’s over. Its 47mm Showa is set at a 32-degree rake angle and the turns-in well while its Marathon wheels stick in turns, but the cruiser’s 746-pound weight becomes noticeable trying to make quick A generous amount of ground means you’re not always pegs.

Even with a rider onboard, the twin shocks of the rear suspension a tad stiff at the factory settings, but do have five-position preload which we would have to dial in if we had more saddle Unfortunately, our run-in with the law cut into our ride and we only got to put in 50 miles on the new Thunderbird Storm.

2011 Thunderbird Storm

Engine: Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-Twin

Bore/Stroke: 107.1 X

Triumph Thunderbird

Fueling: Multipoint sequential EFI

Chromed stainless steel

Final Drive: Belt

Wet, multi-plate

Weight wet): 746 lb.

Colors: Jet Black, Black

Price: $13,899

Unlimited Mileage Warranty

noticeable change to the look of the front is the switch to dual headlamps like the ones on the Rocket III and Speed Triple. also switched up the logo on the which still has a healthy 5.8 capacity. The tank is ultra-wide but controls and a wide, padded make it easy to tuck in to. The solo gauge of the Thunderbird is tank-mounted, which keeps the of the bars clean.

It includes an speedo on the upper portion and a tach located on the bottom of the which is hard to read riding. A digital readout as a fuel gauge while a switch on the right control allows you to flip through trip displays, time, an or distance to empty setting in the LCD

The big bore kit gives the Thunderbird engine output that the gap on pure power cruisers Suzuki’s M109R and the Star The upgraded powerplant does with a price. The new Thunderbird costs $1400 more last year with an of $13,899.

For a cruiser with a engine, smooth-shifting transmission, a chassis and solid brakes, it’s still a good The two motorcycles mentioned before, the and the Raider, list for $14,099 and respectively. The new Thunderbird Storm sounds and launches meaner before and left us convinced worth every penny.

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