2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm First Look

October 5, 2010
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm
The 2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm made its debut at the INTERMOT Bike Show in Cologne, Germany.

Triumph revealed a new addition to its cruiser line at the 2010 INTERMOT show with its Thunderbird Storm. Sourcing a bored out version of the Parallel Twin powering the standard Thunderbird, the Storm also features new styling.

The Storm’s engine displaces 1700cc. It is a bored out version of the standard spec Thunderbird mill. The up-rated Twin was available for the stock T-Bird as a big bore kit for $899 when the original Bird debuted as a 2010 model. Power claims for those extra 100cc are nearly 100 horsepower and 115 lb-ft torque.

The new Storm rolls on the same chassis as the standard Thunderbird, with the differences more stylized. The new Storm has a blacked out color scheme, with the black engine cases complementing the arrangement. The handlebars are different, as well, with straighter drag bars. The bug-eyed dual headlamps also make a prominent appearance, a nod to its bigger sibling the Rocket III (not to mention its streetfighter cousins like the Speed Triple).

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We sampled the 1700cc-version of the Thunderbird during the International press launch in 2009 (2010 Triumph Thunderbird First Ride). The extra juice from the larger engine was noticeable, and appreciated. The new lines give the Storm a look much like the Rocket III Roadster we recently sampled (Triumph Rocket III Roadster Comparison), sans 600cc and 130 lbs. It also figures to ring it less, the 2010 Rocket III and Thunderbird a respective $13,999 ($16,499 for Rocket III Touring) and $12,499.

No U.S. MSRP is currently listed for the new Thunderbird Storm.

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