Triumph Thunderbird Storm–Comprehensive Road Test! —

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Triumph Thunderbird Storm – Road Test!

Triumph Storm is a sizably big motorcycle the famous British Marque and one over the saddle will you that it weighs quite a bit all 339 kgs of it! It’s bad-…, all-black and chrome looks add to the feel of astride a powerful cruiser and is further complemented by the wide bar, forward set foot and a large fuel tank.

eyeballs, turning heads and traffic every time our test ride, this grabbed my attention and the world’s as easily. It plastered that smile on my face, which broke out into a wicked as I whacked throttle wide and let all of its attitude wrestle with the as it hurriedly put me in forward motion.

Now I have your attention, let me you a bit about the roots of this ‘Thunderbird’ is a familiar name in in our part of the world, mostly due to the Thunderbird but this motorcycle is the real deal! Although, does not get the ‘Triumph Thunderbird’ at the but only the ‘Thunderbird Storm’ is sold here.

Digging a into its history reveals the current-gen ‘Thunderbird’ was relaunched in based on a previous 885cc of the same name whereas the Storm’ with its slightly capacity motor and different was only launched in 2011. the nomenclature lineage itself is as old as 65 already, just as its popularity.

Quality and Ergonomics:

All-black and the Thunderbird Storm is enticing and noticed easily. The twin are recognizably Triumph inspired by the III but on the Storm they look The wide drag-like handle mirrors, twin exhaust and foot controls are some of the that are in chrome, mostly else including fork 5-spoke alloy wheels, tank, triple clamp and is matte-black.

Triumph logo proudly on either side of the tank and the word ‘Storm’ is along with the ‘paper logo’ on the chromed side of the gearbox housing. This is noticeable element of the overall styling on the Storm. There are details such as the elegantly exhaust pipes and huge tank tapering down the seat along with the bar on a pullback rise and a tank console are some of the attributes can give you the impression that may be a custom built motorcycle.

The riding position is comfortable and as the seat is set at a height of 27.5 from the ground which suit many riders. legs are stretched forward in cruiser fashion but just the amount as you are able to get a firm on the tank. The wide handlebars are higher set and this allows for maneuverability while ensuring your shoulders and arms tire-out quickly from the stretch.

At full-lock during the outer arm isn’t over-stretched or the comfort zone. Coming to the seat, the wide and deep seat is decently comfortable and you firmly in place under accelerations. The pillion seat is slightly higher and it isn’t the comfortable place to be on this but for shorter rides it will do the

Optional accessories includes options along with amongst other things.

The is noticeably good, the switch look and feel premium functioning smoothly. The overall along with the minimal and all of the cycle parts is of very quality and in-line with you can expect from a premium The instrument console is tank and includes an Analogue speedometer Mph and Kph readings) with integrated (it revs counter-clockwise), a clock, two meters and a fuel gauge.

Our bike trip meters and gauge (with distance to reading in Miles. All this is via a (i) toggle switch on the right housing. Customer bikes in India will get a firmware that will allow the LCD to in kilometers.

I managed to ride a bit in the and put the headlights to the test. They sufficient spread in low and high and the visibility is very good. The console looks beautiful in the although in the day it can be a little hard to sometimes.

Engine and Gearbox:

you thumb the starter button and up the Storm you are welcomed by a deep that flows from the exhausts of the 1699cc Triumph. The twin, DOHC engine has a 270 firing interval which this motorcycle a crisp and note akin to a V-twin. is, it’s character and sound is to a V-twin engine but without vibes.

You hear a bit of mechanical from the chain driven overhead camshafts but once you get you will revel in the growl of the engine between your

You are tempted to go wide-open every you see an open road, such is the to its meaty, low end torque. Going wide-open in lower gears is an in itself as you feel all of its 96 Bhp (at 5200 of power and 156 Nm (at 2950 rpm) of being transferred almost to the rear wheel via toothed final drive. You shift up and are well into triple speeds before you even it!

This motorcycle dismisses the 120 mark easily and proves it packs a solid punch the low and mid-range. It’s engine is unique, the powerband is plenty and its power delivery is quite as you climb up through the revs.

The hit the acceleration is immediate as you open the in lower gears. The acceleration to taper off as you cross the 150-160 mark and that’s ample anyway but the Storm has more to The clutch is slightly heavy, can tire you if you are stuck in heavy The throttle response is on the sharper but the fueling is smooth, precise and on and off the throttle at low speeds in higher won’t lug the engine very

With maximum torque delivered at just 2950 rpm it is to pull even in the 6th gear from just 60 kmph. The shifts positively and there is a clunk as you put it in first gear neutral. The helical cut gears affirmative up-shifts and downshifts 2nd to 6th gear.

I did not encounter any false while shifting and finding while standing still was a experience.

Peak hour jam caught up with me on the morning of the day as I left home to return the but the liquid cooled engine cooling fins on the cylinders the engine heat to a minimum. On the of a winter day it’s hard to if your legs would get during summers in a similar chances are it will! But when you are the engine stays cool and you enjoy the ride.

The vibes bad although it does get a little on the handle bar grips and pegs but not so that it would bother It’s more massaging overly annoying on this and that’s a major saving right there and a plus for this motorcycle.

Fuel Efficiency:

The most question faced by anyone and on a big motorcycle in India is the fuel of such a motorcycle! I was asked a few times myself! Our objective to test the fuel efficiency and I get to emptying its large 22 liter tank despite giving it my shot.

The large capacity gives you an effective range of 320 kms depending on your riding I managed to put in a decent 155 kms of riding and my observation the overall fuel hovered around the 15 kmpl atleast! Cruiser fans and rejoice, this bike take you a fair distance the tank goes dry as the 6th gear its duty well as an overdrive in to its superior roll-on performance.

Suspension and Handling:

One of the most and convincing aspects of this is its confidence inspiring handling The weight is forward biased but the (COG) is on the lower side makes it easy to maneuver at low despite its size and weight. It planted at the bars owing to its low COG the typical instability or wobble in similar sized cruisers hard into a corner.

tighter curves need to be of prior to entry but you can gun it out of the corners on one.

The steering geometry is sorted and this is proof in the way it with the weight showing when you try to flick it from to side. I was also able to do at full lock with and without putting my foot to balance the motorcycle. The long is spot-on as it ensures stability the speeds go up.

The wide handle bar provides excellent leverage to put motorcycle through its paces on the sections.

We must give to Triumph for getting it right the chassis. It is well engineered and with 47mm Showa forks set up at a 32 degree rake which allows quick while retaining excellent stability. The rear Showa are 5-way pre-load adjustable but come set at a stiffer setting factory which causes the to get a little bumpy and may cause discomfort in your lower over longer distances you are riding at triple digit

A slightly softer pre-load on the rear shocks will this, considerably improving the quality in the process. The front however suffer from a bit of dive under hard but it is not unsettling by any means and in fact the and rear suspension worked in when leaned over in a

Metzeller Marathon tyres excellent road grip and a generous dose of acceleration out a corner wont get the wheel out The front tyre is a wide section while the rear is a 200/50-R17 tyre and they to stick to the tarmac just as a would stick to your On tarmac the weight helps put the down just as well. My gripe is with the footpeg bolts that ground when leaned over.

The is so much more capable but the is limited by the pegs. That it has ample ground clearance to go through potholed roads and built speedbreakers without anything underneath. We even to take the bike on a short road as we scouted for locations to and the bike felt planted on the stretches at low speeds.


The front brake has phenomenal power thanks to the twin 310 mm discs with Nissin fixed callipers which a great job slowing this down from triple speeds. There is ample at the lever as you get excellent feedback the front when slowing it A tight squeeze of the lever in braking situations can technically to locking the front wheel but the ABS take care of it.

However, our motorcycle wasn’t equipped ABS but Triumph in India is currently the Thunderbird Storm with ABS as equipment. That said the sufficient from the front discs and at the lever is plenty to slow you carefully and swiftly from speeds. This is commendable and be reassuring to the newer riders.

The brake has decent feel and although the feedback can be better. It satisfactory amounts of braking when you want to slow quickly. Cruisers can generally more rear braking and the brings a powerful 310 mm single with the Brembo 2-piston calliper that applies evenly and on dry roads it won’t up the rear easily.

The brakes are setup on this humongous as it is capable of shedding speeds With respect to safety, that of newer riders, ABS is welcome on this motorcycle the riding conditions prevalent in our

Areas for Improvement?

Before I can the VFM factor and verdict let me share a few with you. There is a no hazard lamp switch to all four indicators. Not sure why was excluded on such a premium as this. The fuel filler cap has no and that is appalling! If I may ask, why

In our country where big bikes are with too often it poses a if anyone can open the cap at their and fill-in any hazardous material! cannot be guaranteed even in parking lots these The need of a separate key for the handle

Apart from these, ownership and service costs in the run are unknown territory and lastly at the of writing this post has just begun delivering although many of their dealerships aren’t open yet and the waiting list is growing Moving on…

Price Value for

Triumph Thunderbird Storm has priced at ₹13 Lakhs ex-showroom New and for that much moolah it reasonably good amount of kit a few things lacking. However, in the scheme of things it is actually well priced for a high cruiser that is comfortable good ergonomics, exciting presence, quality workmanship, and ride dynamics.

Triumph Thunderbird Storm
Triumph Thunderbird Storm

Not even a of heavy cruisers in the market can of doing all this with the of the Thunderbird Storm. It is better than its nearest competitors by default makes it a better as you can load up the bike with official optional equipment for the difference. Triumph is a highly brand globally and hence we can high standards and service from the British Motorcycle

It also brings a 2 year kilometer warranty as well and weren’t any loose bolts I returned the bike after a test ride. Need I say


Triumph Thunderbird is a massive motorcycle, epitomizing all the and traits of a true cruiser bringing modernity and legacy in a that will appeal to who wish to enjoy a laid or fast paced ride on a engineered, high performance motorcycle with free a plastered across their It has managed to garner respect because of its ability to go fast on the but also for inspiring confidence the roads get twisty. It’s looks are classy yet not off-putting, the remains iconic, seductive and character aplenty with a price of ₹13 Lakhs it is a pretty deal that’s hard to for something else.

Final Notes

The need to get out on a motorcycle and go cruising on the open is forever etched on my mind I am home after a ride on a and the Triumph Thunderbird Storm perfectly in this picture in my

We were done shooting and it was to head home…It was the end of the day with the sun quickly on the horizon. That is I secretly wished for flashes of and thunder as I ‘Stormed’ down the with the cold wind in my direction. In that moment of riding the Thunderbird Storm, I nothing short of the Ghost well…minus the flames, the chain and immortality!

Triumph Thunderbird Technical Specifications : 

Stroke 94.3mm

Final Drive: Belt

Clutch: Wet,

Gearbox: 6-speed constant helical type 2nd – 6th

Engine Oil 4.2L

Chassis: Tubular twin spine

Swingarm: steel

Front Wheels: aluminium alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5 in

Wheels: Cast aluminium 5-spoke 17 x 6 in

Front Tyres: Marathon 120/70 R19

Rear Tyres: Marathon 200/50 R17

Front Showa 47mm forks. travel

Rear Suspension: twin shocks, 5-way preload and 95mm rear travel

Instrument: Analogue with integrated rev counter, button on handlebars, LCD trip fuel gauge and clock


Width Handlebars:

Height Without Mirror:

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