20 Май 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD SPORT отключены
Triumph Thunderbird 900 Sport

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I thought when I first about the addition of the Sport to the classic Thunderbird line, is the Triumph I have been for. You can believe that the good folks at Cycle Triumph in Eugene, Oregon offered me a chance to test a new Thunderbird Sport, I accepted alacrity.

This is a hard to classify. Some call it a or sport cruiser, because of its appearance (although anyone who has ridden a T’bird Sport can you it definitely does not feel a cruiser). Others consider it a sport bike, because of its suspension, powerful multi-cylinder and aggressive riding position.

I it a sport standard, because I it as the modern equivalent of a Triumph or BSA Lightning, which were versions of standard Triumph and BSA of the past. The T’bird Sport is a version of today’s standard But whatever you call it, it is a good high performance motorcycle people notice.

From a the 1999 Triumph Thunderbird looks much like a Triumph from the late To my taste, this is very styling indeed. Upon inspection, you find that it is a contemporary motorcycle, also a thing, since it is going to be to 21st Century customers.

some of the classic styling don’t hold up under inspection. What looked an old-fashioned, round, Amal air from a distance is really ventilated chrome trim onto a large plastic air

The gas tank, which from the looks much like a from classic 650 Triumph, much larger and more from the rider’s position. (It is, it holds about a third fuel.) The front fender the external braces of the classic type, and has an odd bubble running the middle for its entire length. It is not a bad fender, but Triumph should a close look at the elegant fender on a Harley Sportster for

The rear fender seems to an awful lot of clearance over the tire, and the taillight looks an afterthought. It is also a little to ignore the radiator on such a styled bike. These are minor complaints, and they not stop me from purchasing a Sport if I were so inclined.

On the hand, the overall proportions of the are very attractive. The fit and finish are good, particularly the paint The blacked out engine looks the seat is attractively shaped, and the halogen headlight, instruments and look right.

For Y2K models, the three-into-two exhaust system of (which I thought looked has been replaced by an even looking three-into-two system terminates in reverse cone placed a little lower. as a whole, it is a good looking, motorcycle.

The seat is relatively flat, and comfortable, with a slightly passenger area. The footpegs are set, so your feet are under your …. The to the short, flat handlebars an average sized rider a forward leaning position. results in a fair amount of on the rider’s wrists, at least you are going fast enough for the of the wind against your to neutralize some of the weight on wrists.

It is a good position for riding on a … bike, not so at slower speeds or behind a The hand controls are conventional and mastered (although the turn must be manually cancelled), and the to read tach and speedo are the triple clamp where belong. The riding position is aggressive than that of a Sport or a Buell Cyclone, bikes to which the British Sport might reasonably be

In summation, the Sport feels a sport bike to the rider.

It stops and handles like a bike. It is certainly not retro in areas. Twin 320mm discs and a single 285mm disc, all with hydraulically 2 piston calipers, take of the former. Fully adjustable cartridge type forks in the and a 3-way adjustable mono in the back handle the suspension Rotating mass is minimized by and good-looking 17 laced wheels alloy rims.

The sticky radial sport require tubes. I don’t what the maximum lean is, but it seems to be more than At least I never grounded

The steering is quick, and the bike from side to side easily, more so than its wet weight might suggest. It is a ride on winding roads.

is provided by a souped-up version of the Thunderbird’s 885cc motor. is a liquid cooled DOHC triple, fed by three 36mm with an electronic ignition Triumph says this makes 83 HP and 56 lb.-ft. of torque at the

This translates to about 72 HP and lb.-ft. at the rear wheel.

The is a slick shifting six-speed and the final drive is by chain. final drive is cheap for the to produce, lightweight, and allows the to change final drive by simply changing the countershaft or wheel sprockets. Unfortunately, it is requires regular maintenance, and is trouble prone than belt or shaft drive

It also requires regular of both the chain and sprockets, makes it more expensive to I feel that chain is better suited to race than street bikes. A complete set of specifications for the Thunderbird can be found in my Standard Sport Motorcycle Comparison Chart.

delivery is smooth, with of the punch in the upper half of the RPM Magazine road tests the bike with a quarter time in the low 12-second range. it does not feel that when ridden normally.

The throttle response is good, but on power is only fair you keep the revs up. If you want to a slower moving vehicle on the when cruising in 6th gear, you normally have to shift a couple of cogs.

Triumph some accessories for the Sport, which is an ugly fly screen, I strongly advise against. sport windshield is both looking and more effective, if you are wind protection. The company offers a good line of riding clothes and accessories.

Triumph Thunderbird 900 Sport
Triumph Thunderbird 900 Sport

It is not to compare the Thunderbird Sport to the Sport. This comparison back to the days when the Sportster and the Triumph Bonneville the hottest bikes on the street. The who rode Sportsters were aware that a sharp might be able to take and vice versa.

It is a particularly comparison for me, because in the 1960’s I was a guy, and now I am a Harley guy. I am familiar with this old from both sides.

neither the Thunderbird Sport nor its counterpart the Sportster Sport is the bike around, but both a street fighter image, and is to be taken lightly. Compared to a Sport, the T’bird Sport’s on acceleration is sluggish, and the Sportster likely wax it in an impromptu stoplight Prix.

This is because the Sportster’s motor develops much torque than the Triumph’s (68 lb. compared to 52.4 lb.-ft.), and so across a broader range. On the hand, the T’bird Sport is a full second faster in a mile. This is due to the T’bird’s big in horsepower (72 compared to 56).

As you can the power characteristics of the two motors are the opposite of each other. It the two bikes feel very to ride. The Triumph’s three-cylinder is much smoother than V-twin, and because it vibrates it is superior for sustained high-speed On the other hand, the Sportster has a riding position, more for long hours in the saddle the T’bird’s sport bike

The Sportster has a lower center of and wider handlebars, both of contribute to its superior low speed It is a lot more confidence inspiring in a parking lot, for instance. The low of gravity and tractable engine make the Sportster an easier to ride in the city, or with a

The T’bird steers quicker, but the is more stable and predictable. I rather tour on the Sportster, and on the T’bird Sport.

Both have excellent and very similar suspensions, and about the same. In an impromptu down a winding country the Triumph might have a advantage, although its (presumed) to carry a little more into the corners would be negated by the Sportster’s acceleration out of the I think that the performance of the two is so close that the slightly rider would win, of which bike he or she was riding.

On a given riders of equal the Triumph’s rider could good use of its greater horsepower, and probably prevail.

In summation, bike is really superior to the They represent different to the sport standard question. The news is that, once there is a strong, profitable, Motorcycle Company, willing and to challenge the best in the world.

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Copyright 1999, by Chuck Hawks. All rights

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