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Triumph Thunderbird Storm

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They “Aggressive style with a lot under the hood.”

We say: no replacement for displacement!”

They “Aggressive style with a lot under the hood.” We say: no repla

Mention the word to a Floridian and we get jumpy. As the barometric drops, our blood pressure and we begin stockpiling water, bars and plywood. So when Catterson’s offer to test new Storm scudded across my Key desk, the first thing I did was lay in a few of ¾-inch CDX.

I calmed after The Hirsute One explained the Thunderbird Storm was Triumph’s 1700cc entry into the cruiser wars.

There were 10 of us riding new formation-style, but we didn’t get far. stopping to thaw out hands, motorcycles and get busted for shooting without a permit, we travelled 90 miles. Naysayers will that the sample was too small; too that no one can review a motorcycle in such a short distance. My to these whiners is: Trust me, I’m a

Besides, the Storm is perfect for and our Putt-‘n’-Stop riding experience this demographic so precisely, a razor couldn’t be inserted the two without somebody getting

I may not have ridden the Storm far, but it doesn’t take to know bigger is always Based on the Thunderbird and its 1597cc this year’s super-sized receives last year’s (dealer-installed), 100cc overbore kit from the factory. That job boosts power from 85 at 4850 rpm to a claimed 97 bhp at 5200 and pushes torque up to 115 lb.-ft. at rpm. That’s some stomp!

Non-performance-oriented mods include paint on the engine cases to the bike’s midnight look. A fork, double “bug-eye” and a flatter drag bar finish off the and yield a pretty serious-looking cruiser.

The Storm’s rumpty-rump crank spins two balance but with two fist-sized forged flailing about between legs, you have to expect a movement. Don’t get me wrong, I the frequency of vibe this produces. It’s more sledgehammer than buzz. the throttle and you can nearly count the like a young Pele your seat-back on an international

Anyway, for all I know the Storm may run smooth, but the big parallel-twin has such a roll-on I found myself rowing the twistgrip back and just to feel the hit.

Triumph Thunderbird Storm

200mm-wide rear Metzeler is big to get the point across, but not so large it inhibits handling. There’s a seat and pegs, but this bad is meant to fly solo.

That 200mm-wide rear is big enough to get the point across, but not so that

The motion of those two pistons is never far from and neither are the footpegs. With no cradle, that great lump of a motor dangles inches from the asphalt. The bit of frisky riding decks a peg or boot heel, but within limits the Storm handles enough.

At 27.5 inches, the is amazingly low; even my legs proved long to put my feet flat on the ground at

Speaking of stopping, which I now do, those two big discs and four-piston are plenty strong to slow train, and there’s sufficient to overpower rear-tire grip and your less-evolved tractor-riding with smoky burnouts. The brake is good, too, and than a sportbike’s since so much weight on the back ABS should be available on the 2012 but you’ll be fine without it.

In the I may have made some comments about parallel-twins in cruiser bodywork. They’ve looked right to me, but Triumph has a motor large enough to this cruiser’s engine bay leaving unsightly gaps. The surfaces are smooth, the chrome is on thick and the paintwork is beautiful.

It’s really a classy and at $13,899 it’s at the more end of the muscle-cruiser price range.

Triumph Thunderbird Storm
Triumph Thunderbird Storm


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