Triumph Intros 2010 Thunderbird 1700 and SE

February 24, 2010
Bryan Harley
Bryan Harley
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Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it's chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to 'Merican, he rides 'em all.

Triumph resurrected the Thunderbird last year to great acclaim. With a soulful new Parallel Twin, a twin-spine steel frame and Showa suspension, riding the 2010 T-Bird brought a big grin to our face during the 2010 Triumph Thunderbird First Ride Review.

2010 Thunderbird 1700. Gets ABS standard to go along with its engine upgrade.
The 2010 Triumph Thunderbird 1700 gets ABS and new paint to go with its 100cc-more powerful engine.

Triumph Motorcycles is now taking the platform even further with the release of two new variations. The first is the Thunderbird 1700. The Big Bird gets a 100cc bump in displacement thanks to a standard big bore engine upgrade, previously available only as an option. The 2010 Thunderbird 1700 sports a 104 cubic-inch engine with peak power claimed to be in the 99 hp range, up from the 85 hp the 98 cubic-inch mill of the stock Thunderbird produces. The Thunderbird 1700 will come with ABS and is offered with Phantom Red Haze paint that is exclusive to the model. MSRP is listed at $14,799.
We rode the beefed-up Thunderbird at the Barcelona press launch. Here’s what we wrote about the engine upgrade in our first ride report:

“The headlining option on the new Trumpet, however, is the 1700cc big bore kit, which bumps displacement up 100cc with a corresponding jump in claimed horsepower (85-100 hp) and torque (108-115 lb-ft). The kit, which is EPA and CARB compliant, costs $899, with riders also paying for the approximate day’s worth of installation labor at a Triumph dealer. Ride the 1700 and the difference is palpable, the Bird churning out more grunt, in particular while rolling out the throttle in the higher gears.”

2010 Triumph Thunder SE - a touring version of the T-Bird.
The 2010 Triumph Thunderbird SE is ready for the long haul with a tall, quick detach windscreen, leather saddlebags, and more touring-friendly amenities for rider and passenger.

Additionally, Triumph is introducing a T-Bird more equipped for the long haul. The 2010 Thunderbird SE comes with leather saddlebags, a quick detach touring windshield with wind deflectors, a touring seat, ABS as standard equipment, and a quick detach passenger back rest with luggage rack. Rider and passenger also get floorboards, while the bike gets sporty new Carnival Red paint. That’s a lot of goodies for an extra $2,500 seeing as how the base price on the standard 2010 Triumph Thunderbird is $12,499.

The new Thunderbirds are scheduled to hit the British market in March, and we can expect them Stateside around mid-April to May.