2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT & Commander First Ride Review

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2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT Commander | First Ride

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2014 Triumph Commander LT Test

San Diego offers two very reliably: great in February—and great motorcycling So it was only natural that chose San Diego as the site for its of the new Thunderbird LT and Thunderbird Commander

These bikes represent the step up in the Hinckley Thunderbird that started with the 900 cc back in 1994 as John revived the brand.

In 2009, the became a 1600 cc parallel cylinder cruiser.  In 2011, the was extended to include the 1700 cc Storm, with the extra coming from an upgraded of the original T16 engine.

The parallel twin engine is “what we do” as Triumph North CEO Greg Heichelbech explained, on the long tradition of parallel Triumph has going back to designed by Edward Turner.

aside, the twin powering the LT and is a quantum leap from OHV twins; with 1700 cc liquid cooling, dual to stanch vibration, double cams, 270° firing and multi-port sequential electronic injection, the motor is the largest parallel twin in the world.

output numbers back up with 93 bhp at 5,400 RPM and 111 lb./ft. of at 3,550 RPM.  A progressive linkage helps make all horsepower available to the rear in a very smooth, predictable

The bikes share six speed wet multi-plate clutch and toothed final drive, twin-spine steel frame, rider and cast footboards, shrouded Showa forks with 120 mm of and five-way adjustable Showa rear shocks with 109 mm of in a progressive-rate spring configuration. height on both bikes is and the wheelbase for each is 65.5.” and trail 29.9°/133 mm on the LT and 30.1°/135 mm on the

Taking rider comfort to home, Triumph has put a lot of effort the seat on both models. double-layer dual density the seat shape is wide flared sides and lumbar to maximize the area of rider

Nissin four-piston fixed with ABS on double 310 mm floating provide braking up front a two piston Brembo floating on a single 310 mm floating disk ABS at the rear on both models.

bikes feature 5.8 gal. (22 fuel tanks with filler cap and tank-top instrument with large analog and fuel gauge and LCD twin meters, odometer, clock and indicator all scrollable from a control.

There are some that define the character of bike. The LT features 56 spoke wheels, 16” x 3.5” up front a 150/80 R 16 whitewall Avon 16” x 5.5” mounting a 180/70 R16 to the rear.

The Commander comes with five-spoke cast alloy wheels, 17” x 3.5” up mounting a 140/75 ZR17 tire, 17” x 6.0” mounting a ZR17 75W blackwall to the rear.

Both bikes feature twin skin stainless two-into-one-into-two exhaust systems, but the are not alike. The LT carries a pair of tri-oval mufflers that a touring bike look an understated baritone rumble. The on the other hand has a pair of “drain pipe” mufflers deliver a somewhat more rowdy—exhaust note without obtrusive.

The most notable difference between the LT (Light and Commander is in the provision of standard saddle bags, windshield and light configuration up front on the LT, the Commander comes in cruiser bags and windshield and equipped dual headlights.

Of course, bikes can be reconfigured to suit the with a wide range of Seating position is slightly between the two bikes, with the handlebars set up to bring the rider slightly more forward than the LT. As a result of the touring standard on the LT, it has a bit more heft in at 836 pounds (wet) compared to the at 766 pounds.

On the road, the Commander’s lighter tire sizing and slightly rake/trail add up to a subtle but noticeable in agility and responsiveness.  This evident on the narrow canyon northeast of San Diego.

Both have surprising flick-factor in the blind corners of those given their overall Each feels lighter it is, but it is the Commander that has a slight in the quarter-horse agility and out-of-the launch speed that canyon carving so much

The LT that comes into its own on the straight stretches of highway in the where sustained highway driving brings the windshield and seating position to the fore.

The that feature lift-out alongs make the “light part of the package work well. The bags aren’t but feature quick-release buckles the traditional looking metal on the straps.

Both bikes use of all that torque very with roll-on power in virtually any gear and speed; you to really slow the bike in top gear to get it into a situation it has to lug—and then it really It just pulls like a and gains speed smoothly.  the Thunderbird motor is smooth at about any speed and operating

Acceleration is about as compelling as you depending on how much twist you the throttle, but despite their power, neither bike to overpower the rider.  The bike correction of minor mistakes in line and braking easy.  are logically located and instinctive, the tank-top instrument mounting the rider to take eyes off the

Of course, having a lot of go is no good a lot of stop and the ABS brakes deliver.  are progressive and require only lever pressure to deliver straight stops.

The seat, height and seating position well for me on both bikes, though I’m probably a little than average.  Day-long didn’t generate any fatigue or spots.  The seat Triumph put so development time into well.

Its progressive support and shape prevents the development of points and allows the rider to position on the seat more one typically experiences with a seat configuration.  Of course, how the seat fits each is a big factor in this, so some on this point is always

The heel-toe shifter does foot placement on the foot but that is easily remedied, the shifter is adjustable.

Triumph has to offer two distinctively different on a common platform; the Commander a aggressive power cruiser, and the LT a light touring bike — with a common heritage.

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