2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm Road Test Rider Magazine Reviews

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Triumph Thunderbird

2011 Triumph Thunderbird Road Test

June 9,

Except for a couple of small bikes from other the parallel twins in Triumph ’s make them unique the current parade of V-twins. At the engine in its big Thunderbird was also the largest production parallel-twin.

For 2011 the U.K.-based company has out the stops and made the Thunderbird’s optional big-bore kit standard in its new blacked-out Thunderbird Storm . increases cylinder bore 103.8mm to 107.1, adding to the powerplant for a ground-pounding total of Triumph explains that it to create a “carbon copy” of the Thunderbird, albeit one with a aggressive attitude that betting will appeal to riders. So now there’s a choice of or naughty, with the mellower Thunderbird the calm before the so to speak.

Parallel twin is unique among sea of V-twin Covers have been out to give the Storm an all-over treatment.

The $13,899 Storm is based upon the $12,499 and its liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC with six-speed transmission and final drive. Claimed at the Storm’s 270-degree crank is to 97 from 85, and the Storm has larger and piston rings, revised new cylinder liners and gaskets.

On the Jett Tuning Dynojet it cranked out 82.9 horse­power at rpm and 101 lb-ft of torque at 3,000, a 10 percent improvement over our 2009 Thunderbird test We did hear a bit of what sounded piston slap under throttle after several runs, a noise we’ve in a few super-sized twins now.

The Storm gets the popular dark treatment with wheels, fork lowers, of its covers, brake calipers, springs and even the risers on its new It also has distinctive twin like the infamous Speed and Triples, housed in black, of instead of chrome like the single beam.

The arrow-straight of Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Los aren’t exactly the crème de la of motorcycle roads, but those 443 home from the Storm’s plus many on the Apache and in Arizona’s Yavapai Indian and Tonto National Forest, for an excellent test. My initial as I lifted the Storm off its sidestand was this is one hefty cruiser.

partly due to its 745-pound wet weight, and how its wide 5.8-gallon tank your knees out. my longish legs I found the footpegs well placed they angle my heels and that the drag-style bar keeps my relaxed and provides good for pushing into turns.

The Storm holds a strong ’er in, but not too far or the pegs will start This dark beauty was for a 400-plus mile day in the saddle.

footpeg ticklers just inches off the pavement, you’ll run out of clearance before the Storm out of steam. Moseying along a 1890s ghost town tall saguaro cacti on side of the road, when I to a series of tight turns my and foot were swept off the peg the time I dove into a There’s a lot of pull at low rpm, no shortage of torque to power the strongly out of slow-speed uphill

The bike’s stable feel and low of gravity inspire confidence, as do the Marathons that roll over uneven pavement and well. The Storm’s 200-series tire, 63.5-inch wheelbase and fork rake require effort to change direction in turns, yet the bike can still be along at a good pace. As a I was bounced around by the bike’s suspension on this road and had to shift my rump back place.

The wide, dished seat allow for a whole lot of fore- movement, though I was never into the tank. The nonadjustable fork has 4.7 inches of travel, and the twin shocks have 3.7 and are five-position adjustable for preload

Dual discs with piston calipers haul the Storm down quickly.

In the sections a light tap on the brake got the bike to slow smoothly. The front discs with calipers have good and stop the heavy bike Though the Storm doesn’t ABS, Triumph says it be an option on 2012 models. The has a six-speed transmission and is probably one of the cruisers I’ve ridden.

The to both the clutch and brake is a stretch for me, though, and neither is

Triumph offers about 100 for the Storm, including a windscreen, would have been for the straight shot home. The seat has a nice step in that provides some lumbar support, and the seating is such that the rider is against the wind. Even so, into the desert gusts Interstate 10 I had to lean forward and down on the tank to keep my from smashing into my

The Storm is a bit of a contradiction: It’s but at the same time its rider-friendly are more compact than Passengers will find the rather high—I took a ride on back with journalist, and I could rest my on top of his helmet if I sat up straight (and only about an inch than me).

Triumph Thunderbird

The Thunderbird gets the Street and Speed distinctive twin headlamps blacked-out shrouds.

Somewhere mile 230 on the highway, a magical occurred between my seat and the Initially, the firm saddle like it could use more but after many miles the was welcome. And the suspension, which was out of on bumpy, twisty roads, was now a great job soaking up the occasional save for one mother of all potholes my lower back took the

Vibration is minimal in the grips, and seat, and only buzzes the slightly.

Reading the tank-mounted instruments a slight downward tilt of my while wearing a full-face The tach is tiny and hard to while riding in daylight, at night, the needle for it and the speedo out like red Glow Sticks. a handy digital countdown to on the LCD readout, too.

Welcome to L.A.—traffic is at a standstill. It was slow as I split lanes for the good of 30 miles and stopped 26 miles of my goal. When I left the parked outside at a restaurant, it to me that Triumph must nobody is going to mess the bad ol’ Storm because the fuel cap lock (an accessory locking one is The steering lock is down on the of the steering head and takes a key, too.

Both and rear seats bolt “toolkit” comprises an Allen key a side cover you use to remove the seat, under which the shock preload spanner—two total. Valve stems are to make getting at them a pressure gauge easier, around the belt drive’s big sprocket. With the bump up in came a possible bump in fuel economy—while our Thunderbird bike delivered 42 mpg average, the could only manage on the required premium fuel.

I’m a bit older than the “younger to whom Triumph is marketing the Storm, but that doesn’t me from being truly with it. The low parallel-twin rumble its pipes demands respect and genuine power, handling and in a big, unique cruiser, a noisy thunderclap heralding another V-twin. Like an approaching storm, it’s a of dark beauty that’s not to respect.

LCD display can be scrolled a button on the handlebar; functions a countdown to empty. Tachometer is to read in daylight.

2011 Thunderbird Storm Specifications

Price: $13,899

Warranty: 2 unltd. miles


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