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Triumph Thunderbird Set for 2010

Wednesday, October 8, 2008
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
Triumph confirmed its new Thunderbird cruiser will take on the American Big Twins as a 2010 model.
Update: Motorcycle USA tested the all-new Triumph Thunderbird at the May 2009 press launch. Read our first ride evaluation in the 2010 Triumph Thunderbird Review and see the new bird in action in the Triumph Thunderbird Video - MCUSA Ed

At the INTERMOT Cologne show, Triumph unveiled its new Thunderbird cruiser to take on the Big Twins in America. Powered by a 1599 DOHC Parallel Twin, the Thunderbird bridges the gap between Triumph's smaller displacement cruisers and the mammoth Rocket III.

The new Twin gets its displacement via a big 103.8 x 94.3mm bore and stroke. Power claims on the new Thunderbird's spec sheet claims "in excess of" 80 hp and 100 lb-ft of torque. Driving that power to the rear wheel is a belt drive and six-speed transmission. The all-new powerplant is liquid-cooled with fuel injection.

The chassis includes cast aluminum five-spoke wheels mated to a tubular steel frame and swingarm. Showa suspension components are sourced, 47mm fork up front and chromed spring shocks out back (shocks are five-position preload adjustable.)

Dual 310mm front rotors are pinched by 4-piston Nissin calipers, with rear braking a single 310mm rotor teamed with a 2-piston Brembo caliper. ABS will be available as an option for potential customers.

A 5.5-gallon fuel tank also houses the instrument cluster, with speedo, tach and LCD display. The Thunderbird will also utilize self-cancelling turn signals.

Built to compete directly with the Twin Cam Harley-Davidson, the new Triumph Thunderbird will be an important piece of the American Triumph strategy.

"It's been obvious for many years to people that from the American Speedmaster, there's a big gap between those bikes and the Rocket III," said Simon Warburton, Triumph Head Product Manager. "We see the future of the Thunderbird being a big part of our range."
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
The American cruiser market will have a new option in the 1599cc Triumph Thunderbird.

The base model will feature numerous accessories for customization, including touring and two-up extras, as well as cosmetic upgrades. American Trumpet fans will have to wait, however, as the new Thunderbird is not slated for US shores until September of 2009, making it a 2010 model. Pricing for the US market is yet to be determined.

2010 Triumph Thunderbird Specs:
Engine: 1599cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel Twin, 270 degree firing interval
Bore/Stroke: 103.8 x 94.3mm
Maximum Power In excess of 80 bhp
Maximum Torque In excess of 100 lb-ft
Fuel System: Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI , progressive linkage on throttle
Final Drive: Toothed belt
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox: 6-speed constant mesh, helical type
Frame: Tubular steel, twin spine
Swingarm: Twin sided, steel
Front Wheel: Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5 inch
Rear Wheel: Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 6 inch
Front Tire: 120/70 R19
Rear Tire: 200/50 R17
Front Suspension: Showa 47mm forks
Rear Suspension: Showa chromed spring twin shocks with 5-position-adjustable preload
Front Brakes: Twin 310mm fixed discs. Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers
Rear Brakes: Single 310mm fixed disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper
Instrument display/functions: Tank mounted instrumentation with large speedo, integrated tacho and LCD display with odometer, twin trip counters, range-to-empty and clock. Auto-cancelling indicators
Length: 2350mm (92.5 in)
Width: (Handlebars) 947mm (37.2 in) (TBC)
Height: 1216mm (47.9 in) (TBC)
Seat Height: 702mm (27.6 in) (TBC)
Wheelbase: 1641mm (64.6in)
Rake/Trail: 32°/151.3mm
Dry Weight TBC
Fuel Tank Capacity: 21 litres (5.5 gal US)
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Paoli -Triumph  December 31, 2010 08:53 AM
I like to see a T100 with that engine. Would buy it right away!
Viking -Love my '10 T-Bird  May 23, 2010 05:23 PM
Aftermarket guys, get some stuff built for this bike!! I need hard bags!!!
Jeremy -HD guy  April 16, 2010 12:35 PM
I test rode one I loved it It will look good next to my bagger
rRobert Loyd Sanders -speedtriple88  February 19, 2010 11:36 AM
Been riding Triumph since 1970 and I still own four of them. Was anxiously awaiting the 1600 and happy to hear it, at least, kept the Triumph handling. Very disappointed in the way it looks. Triumphs used to be a Corvette, it you could see one in the distance, you could tell it was a Corvette. Then, in the late 1990 and early 2000's they changed the style and looked like nothing, GM got smart a few years back and rectified that problem and NOW my beloved Trimph has gone ans done the same thing with the 2010 Thunderbird.Guess I'll just keep and ride,a lot more, my 1978 Bonneville T140E,tiger, speedtriple and daytona.
Charles -Warbird  January 8, 2010 06:07 PM
This is one bad scooter i just wish i could ride it more often but ice on the roads put the stop to that for the time being. I know you Triumph purists wanted a bigger Boni but i think this bike handles as good and is more comfy. Give it a ride you will like the ride.
Xchoppers.com -New Triumph Thunderbird  December 9, 2009 04:43 PM
I purchased a Thunderbird about 3 months ago and have ridden it about 3,700 miles now. I also own a 2009 EFI Bonneville and a 2007 Rocket III. The T'bird is the best of the 3 as far as handling and over-all ridability. In fact, I've been riding 49 years and this new bike is the best handling motorcycle I have ever ridden! It sounds terrific too with the shorty Triumph "off road" slip on's installed! I purchased this bike to see how well it lends itself to customizing and I can happily say it is ideal! Triumph really payed attention to the wants and needs of American cruiser riders when they designed this bike! So far I've lowered the rear suspension with shorter shocks and changed the bars, risers, and headlight as well as added a quick release top trunk / back rest to keep the missus happy. This bike does everything well!
FastFrank -New Thunderbird  December 6, 2009 04:59 PM
I liked the first Thunderbird from Meriden... sticking with my T150V and 04 Rocket III.
John Spencer -Triumph Thunderbird  October 8, 2009 03:14 PM
I know this comment is a little bit late. I don't want my Triumph to
look like a Harley. My '01 Bonneville is beautiful. I want my BIG
parallel twin to SOUND like one and LOOK like one. It was a mistake
for Triumph to use the 270 firing order trying to " capture that Harley sound." A Triumph (360) sounds good like it is(once you get some offroad mufflers). Triumph be PROUD of YOUR history. DON'T try
to LOOK Harley.
Nail -New T-Bird  September 18, 2009 06:47 AM
Maybe it's the right bike for the Americans but in Europe in no way this junk will be successful.No personality,just another Hog wannabe.
curtis41 -Trumpet Thunderbird  September 15, 2009 10:09 AM
Let's see. More cubic inch displacement, much better brakes, good torque to redline at 6500 rpm, much better mileage, on REGULAR petrol, excellent handling for its weight. Good, clean, plain Jane styling that does not detract from the bike. Nice strong Metzeler tires, with 19 inches in front. Good spacing on the handlebars. More juice with the 1700 optional kit and +/- ABS brakes and about 100 or so more options. What is not to like? For the record, my son, a steadfast Harley rider, is getting him a Thunderbird. Moreover, Triumph had the good sense to price the bike in the thick of the Japanese market, which virtually decimated Triumph some time ago. With a good solid lineup, topped off by the 1600 cc Triumph, they are back on track to take a much larger share of the cruiser market. Methinks they done good! Also, no more oil under the bike! Now is that Nirvana, or what?
Alan Glazen-2010 Thunderbird owner -A real critique from someone who actually owns one!  September 5, 2009 04:31 PM
I own a 2007 BMW R1200R, which is a totally amazing machine, but I wanted to also own a cruiser. I can't get myself in to the Japanese bikes (no offense to anyone intended), and I just don't see myself fitting in that HD image, kind of like a speed boat mentality or whatever. I had given up, and then I saw the new T-Bird. It blew me away, very tasteful, fluid, perfectly wonderful to just look at. Every detail is finished to a very high standard, and the engineering just looks smart, like my Beemer. It sits a little higher than any other cruiser I had looked at, in fact, my feet touch the ground precisely like they do on the seemingly taller Beemer. Nothing bad, just not what I expected. I don't like where the key is, because you can't put your entire keychain there, it'll cause a bunch of damage. I know I'll lose a few keys in the coming years! Start the engine, and you hear a sophisticated sounding roar----it's definitely a roar, but somehow is not excessive or obnoxious. it just sounds like a wonderful engine, music to the ears. Riding is completely beyond what I expected. Coming from my r1200r, which is the finest, most nimble bike I ever rode, i was ready for the T to feel a bit unsteady, and to require careful speeds around the curves. I had figured that was a price I'd pay to own a cruiser of any sort. But wrong----this thing takes curves with great elegance----and at slow speeds, it is extremely easy to maneuver. I have no idea how they achieved this. That's the report so far. Hoping to find some leather bags and a bib, but the bike is so new, it seems no one really has their act together on it yet. Best wishes to all.
Ray -finally saw a 2010 T'Bird . . .  August 30, 2009 05:07 PM
I've had a "thing" for Triumphs since I watched them kick-ass on so many other bikes as a kid(I'm 52) . . always loved the "look" and the sound. A few weeks ago I enjoyed the Hell out of my Triumph on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a long weekend. Presently, I'm on my 3rd Triumph . . a beautiful '03 Speedmaster . . previously, I enjoyed a '96 T'Bird and a '02 America I finally got a nice long look at the 2010 T'Bird . . after waiting for a couple of years . . really nice bike . . I liked almost everything on it . . but, I was not impressed enough to buy it. To me, except for the beautiful motor, the 2010 T'Bird just didn't seem Triumph enough . . especially the tank and gauges . . So, I'm thinking seriously about hard-bags and a big bore kit for my beloved Speedmaster . . .
Tom from Philadelphia -270 degree Crankshaft???  August 23, 2009 11:07 PM
You can see the marking group has more pull than the engineering group at Triumph.

"The 270-degree crankshaft was chosen for the sound its firing intervals provide"? Are they crazy. Just another Harley sound alike. I was disapointed. They should have used a 360 or 180 crank. If they wanted a good sound, the 180 would have done it. what a shame.
Thatch -Thunderbird  August 10, 2009 07:25 AM
Just a quick clarification on something said earlier by 'Rod Ryder. I highly doubt he's ever even touched a Tbird. Some people just like putting things down. Perhaps he is a frustrated HD rider, perhaps just a prat, but to say the following.. "the biggest hunk of junk that Ive ridden in a long time. Very underpowered. Within 6 miles, my hands were so numb from the vibration, I was ready to get off. I could swear there was something seriously wrong with this bike. I was fortunate enough to jump on a different colored one to give it a try. If anything, this one felt worse. Great! Another big Triumph with a clunky trans. and drive line issues." Just shows he's never actually ridden a Tbird at all. It's fine to say you don't like the tbird, it doesn't fit you, don't like the exhaust note, etc, but when every professional that reviews and every other test rider proclaims how quick the bike is, how smooth the transmission is, how stable it is and how well handles and you come out with statements like that... You're just lying. Make up your own minds on the merits of the tbird after a bit of time in the saddle but I'm not letting the comments of someone like Rod's pass, especially considering he seems to have had access to no fewer than 2 tbirds the week the very first preordered tbird was delivered (June 12th). It's an easy BS call.
BritBoy -HD V Triumph  August 6, 2009 01:56 PM
Interesting to see that the T'Bird is stirring up a debate over there in the states. I have to say that Harley's are the daddy of the cruiser world, I would compare the arrival of the new T'Bird to when the Japnese bikes started arriving in the sixties (that said I'm only 28 but I read a lot), reliable, refined etc perhaps lacking the character, but on the whole a better ownership proposition. HD's will always sell because of their rich heritage and brand, but the Triumph also comes with bags of heritage to..anyway both brands make smart bikes..I'm no cruiser fan either but the T'Bird could bring about a change in my tastes...
Mike K -Thunderbird  July 29, 2009 07:09 PM
I don't know what Rod Rider rode but he had to be on mushrooms that day. I took delivery on June 13th and since then I have learned that in over 50 years of riding, this is the finest bike I have ridden. Vibration? Come on Rod. Have you ever ridden ANY other twin? Never have I ridden a 2 cylinder this smooth, including beemers. Clunky tranny? That's a joke, especially from an obvious Harley owner who is pissed at being one upped at his own game. All I hear is "snick snick." I've already got about a dozen hard core Harley guys from the Iron Horse in Daytona waiting for one they can trade for. Have fun with your Harley but, don't lie about another brand to make yourself feel better.
Troy -Link for my previous post  July 18, 2009 07:19 AM
Here is the link for the photos - http://www.flickr.com/photos/triumphant__2010/
Should note the trip over the SHOSHONE Summit was on July 4th folling watching Old Faithful go off just after lunch...it was a long day but one I will never forget.
Troy -Triuph Thunderbird - NIce Ride  July 18, 2009 07:09 AM
My dad and myself each bought a new Thunderbird (Pacific Blue & Fusion White), he picked his up approximatley June 15th and I picked up mine July 1st. We put 1400 miels on them in 3 1/2 days. South Dakota to Wyoming all around Yellowstone to Montana over the Beartooth to Red Lodge...No issues and a we had a blast. My brother was on a new Street Glide, we all enjoyed our rides and my brother can definitely give you a good description of the tail light!! That said, they are all nice rides. Pick your poison. If you would like to see a few pictures, go to flickr.com and look up Triumph2010
Tim Miller -Thunderbird  July 13, 2009 06:53 PM
The new Bonneville SE is so good looking. I wish the T-Bird was just a bigger SE.
mike vickers -test ride  July 9, 2009 03:03 PM
I had a test ride on the new bird today and i was not disapointed, i`ve been waiting for a bike like this for years, its the right weight handles great and has good exeleration, i`ve put my order in.
Roadster -a matter of expectations  June 30, 2009 08:19 AM
Nice beefed-up America, but many may have preferred a leaner Rocket (shaft, 3 cylinders) and/or a close to 100hp Bonneville product from Triumph
kent drain or -2010 triumph thunderbird  June 19, 2009 07:29 PM
come on can anyone look beond the gas tank and instrument cluster and call it a HD CLONE ! please... NO BODY has ever dared to build a parrelell twin this big.I owned a america 800 and after some exaust system and jet changes it would run off and hide from any other cruiser in the 800cc range.as a matter of fact it would be at the front of the pack on a twisty road with much bigger bikes. Im a power junky.This bike should be a new kid on the block,if it handles anything like triumphs are known for,the only thing all the critics should be concerned with is the tail light... Because thats all they will be looking at.this bike has all kinds of customizing possibilities waiting for true enthusists to tackle,cant wait to get my hands on one to customize, tune n tweek .big parelell twins IE 850 Nortons 750 bonnies still hold their own 40 years later... great job Triumph my only beef is you should have put fins on the cylinders all the way down to the engine cases.I know its liquid cooled but it would look so much better with fins on the jugs.A chunk of aluminum and a cnc mill and the engine will look more retro triumph.the only thing i see that this bike has in common with a HD is they both have two pistons. the gas tank and sheet metal is easy to change,bars,exaust... Ya cant wait to buy one.
Rod Ryder -New T-Bird  June 16, 2009 06:12 PM
Nice looking bike. Handles well under power. But Honestly, the biggest hunk of junk that Ive ridden in a long time. Very underpowered. Within 6 miles, my hands were so numb from the vibration, I was ready to get off. I could swear there was something seriously wrong with this bike. I was fortunate enough to jump on a different colored one to give it a try. If anything, this one felt worse. Great! Another big Triumph with a clunky trans. and drive line issues. For the Harley bashers, Get with the times. Harley's havent leaked oil for 20 years and rarely break down. I test rode the 09 FLHX and without a doubt, would turn the new Thunder chicken inside out. And that's a full blown bagger. C,mon Triumph. Follow your slogan and GO YOUR OWN WAY. The classic parallel twins are great for what they are. Rock solid. But motorcycles are like anything else. You get what you pay for. If you want a rock solid cruiser that will last. Then pony up the dough and buy the real thing!
Mystery Ninja -T-Bird  June 14, 2009 07:33 PM
What's with all the comments lamenting the Thunderbird as just another V TWIN Harley copy???!!!! C'mon people, check the specs, open your eyes...this is a 1600 CC PARALLEL TWIN. You know, a TRIUMPH motor!!!! Good grief Triumph builds a gaping bore parallel twin, adds fuel injection, liquid cooling a SIX SPEED and belt drive, decent weight (and that's before a classic Triumph bob job), and everyone is like, oh, it's a copy of the HD. ARRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHH!!! (HIt's self on helmet). This thing is going to SMOKE stock Harley's and won't leave a puddle of oil on the ground either.
quityourbitchin -This is a nice bike - deal with it  June 13, 2009 10:53 PM
This bike is awesome to look at and fun to ride. I hate cruisers but I would love to have this bike.
GradyUT -Thunderbird  June 12, 2009 01:43 PM
Just got notification the Thunderbird I ordered is on the boat heading this way...two mores weeks and I should be on the road!!
Adrian -Triumph Thunderbird.  June 8, 2009 09:03 PM
Seen it! Loved it! Ordered it! Just hanging out for September now! Each to their own and have fun with it!! Don't knock it , until you've rode it!!
Saddle -Triumph Thunderbird  June 7, 2009 04:23 PM
Love it!
S.Beyer -thunder bird  June 7, 2009 05:52 AM
I think this bike needs a little more fine tuning before it is released. Get a bit more Brit styling in the machine and Triumph will have a winner.
DJ McNevin -Triumph Thunderbird  June 3, 2009 11:01 PM
As a Harley Wide Glide owner I have to say I get tired of people using us as a negative basis of comparison for other bikes. Obviously Harley influence is worldwide when it comes to bike design. There is nothing wrong with that. If you think your bike performs better or is designed better or that mine is outdated technology... fine. I like it and wouldn't trade it for the world. With that said, I have to say I really like this Thunderbird. Triumphs have their own place in biking history and I would love to park this next to my Harley in my garage. In fact I might just do that.
Mystery Ninja -Thunderbird  May 16, 2009 04:49 PM
This is a great bike by "The Greatest" Marque. It's an instant classic. Good show Triumph....I'll sign for one.
Dan Koresh -disrespecting the Thunderbird name  April 21, 2009 09:54 AM
boring harley/jap crusier clone, how about Triumph building a 1200 Thruxton with 100hp????
Jake -Can't wait.  April 15, 2009 04:17 PM
Trading in the Tiger and the Yamaha Raider to get this beauty...
Clarke Johnston -Give Her Twin Clocks, Sweeter Tank, More Juice and Twin Headlights! Rock a bit, Triumph!  April 4, 2009 07:37 AM
I think it needs a bit more sporty in the mix. The tank mounted instrument pod looks too Harley. Classic twin clocks would be great, and style the tank a bit more classically. The Wheels and twin front discs are great. But couldn't we have gone for a few more ponies? American Harley riders are so religious, until you pass them with more horsepower or better handling, then they're just pissed. Surprisingly enough, there is a large contingent of American riders who cut their their teeth on (gasp) modified Yamaha XS650s', and who, now, are in just the right demographic group for a large vertical twin that rocks, and has more room, torque, and wheelbase than the smaller Bonneville .(We've got wives, now, too) To haul two full grown adults up to Reno in the mountains needs a bike with more steam. So perhaps with twin Arrow exhausts, better breathing, this might cut the deal. Hopefully a magazine will do a test with the two old benchmarks of testing: Dyno and 1/4 mile times. Can this bike at least get into the 12-second group? Just because we've gotten old doesn't mean we're slow, eh? All things considered, this bike is a most welcome departure from the "Me-Too" sameness of the boring Japanese clones (Honda VTX being a prime example of Japans' snooze bikes: functional- yes, exciting- no way!) Good work, Triumph, now just throw some Habanero Peppers into the mix, Please!
Vox T -Possibly the ugliest Triumph I've ever seen...  April 3, 2009 05:52 AM
I thought the Rocket III was an abomination until I saw this machine. From any kind of distance there is no way to determine that this machine is a Triumph of any kind. The way they sullied the BSA Rocket III's good name they are now about to do the same with the Thunderbird. At least the Thunderbird of the late 90's had a really good powerplant. Oh the humanity, this looks like a fricking Honda Shadow.
Roy Kelly -The Triumph TB  March 29, 2009 03:04 PM
I'm 73 and i ride every day,I cut my Teeth on triumphs as a young man an have ridden Them all.I can hardly wait to recieve my thunderbird.The Bird is a beautiful machine an i love.
steve buell cox -triumph thunderbird 2110  March 21, 2009 10:17 AM
looks like another harley clone from the east over 300kgs is too heavy. motorcyclenews front page said 1600cc,s of pure british grunt ?british grunt now made in thailand ,triumph now have two factories there big lie big con trick
Blackie Collins -2010 Thunderbird  March 15, 2009 09:13 AM
Having owned and experienced the individuality and build quality of the Rocket 3 and the 2007 Tiger, I was eagerly looking forward to seeing the new Thunderbird. At Daytona Beach I was able to see and sit on the most impressive 1600 cc cruiser on the market. Mine is ordered and I am more excited about this motorcycle than any bike I have owned in my 70 years. About the only thing my Harleys have in common with the Thunderbird is the belt drive. I'll have Sargent recover the seat and hit the road smiling!
TGENZI -Triumph Thunderbird  March 14, 2009 09:05 AM
I love it!! If I can scrape up the money it is going to be in my garage. I'm just sick and tired of all the Harley fakers out there. They go out and get one put on the "Harley Costume" and bang there cool. Give me a a break! This is a sweet ride. I'm glad to see Triumph finally came out with a bike like this.
The Chrome Dragon -The New Thunderbird  March 9, 2009 10:45 AM
No, I am not going to defend HD although I have hands on experience of their Twin-Cam variety for over 7 years. I have grown tired of riding what everyone else is riding. Laughing at the reliability of HD's current bikes is like penalizing Triumph for the Lucas Electrics today. Further more, apart from the dealer open house demo ride of the Rocket III, I have only seen it once on the road verses HD been consistently shipping 300+ thousands of bikes each year since the beginning of this century, so I will rest my case here. However, my thoughts turn into how appreciative I am for the bikes today, verses what I have ridden in the late 60’s and in the 70’s. With the advancement of computing electronics, material science, manufacturing tools in Casting, CNC Machining and Manufacturing Cell. I believe the most important is in the design tools, CAD, Analysis and Simulation, and Rapid Prototyping. These are contributing factors that make bikes today more durable than yesterday’s. This is the very reason I like classic bikes, but I will rather ride “a wolf under sheep skin” so to speak. My heart is dear to the nostalgic appearance, but under the look I desire a modern bike, as I am getting old and do not wish to tinker as much anymore.
Craig Weidler -Thunderbird?  March 3, 2009 09:24 PM
My Thunderbird Sport will outperform this, in fact the base model of the 2002 Thunderbird will. A bit less horsepower but 100 pounds less chrome. I think triumph should have kept the cruiser 3 cylinder models to keep the image of being different. I might as well by a Super Glide to loos at the photos, Doesn't even have a tank badge! Craig 99 Legend 04 TBS
The Chrome Dragon -2010 Thunderbird  March 3, 2009 09:03 PM
First of all, I believe although the volume is huge the cruiser market is cruel and a tough market to crack. Regardless how they tried, the number 2 player only accounts for a tiny fraction of HD volume. Ask the Japanese big 4 makers. Secondly, it always amazes me that so many set out to design a different cruiser, yet they seem always follow the exact formulae of V-Twin cruisers, such as imbalanced firing interval, excessively overweight and exaggerative fat rear tire. Ended up very difficult to tell one brand from another from a distance, kind of boring and makes me wonder if anyone knows the John Britten story teaches us? I kind of understand the reason others try to stick to the fixed formulae, even HD failed when they tried to be daringly different, case in point the more recent demise of Deuce and the unpopularity of the V-Rod. Should a manufacturer trust the market feedback on the concept bikes? I believe the answer is absolutely not. When Honda was contemplating the infamous Rune, many cried out that they would buy if it were built. The magazines went crazy and proclaim that the entire 2,000 bikes that were going to be produced in the first year have already been spoken for before demo was around. Yet when the bikes finally reach dealers they were hanging around with for sale signs on. There is one bike Honda should have built instead of Rune and I would have bought one (see the picture of it in the web link below). At least it is shamelessly different. (Of course, the can will have to be the first parts to go) http://www.carsbase.com/photo/photo_full.php?id=23497 From its European bloodline, Triumph should have stayed with the arena of naked and modern classic bikes made popular by Ducati, but Triumph R&D really has a lot more homework to do, I believe the data below spell things out clearly Triumph Thruxton is 865cc, weights 451lb, produces 69HP at 7400RPM, 52ft/lb at 6800RPM, 5 Speed Gearbox Ducati GT1000 is 992cc, weights 407lb, produces 92HP at 8000RPM, 67.3ft/lb at 6000RPM, 6 Speed Gearbox BMW F800SGS is 798cc, weight 392lb, produces 85HP at 7500RPM, 62ft/lb at 5750RPM, 6 Speed Gearbox I remember I read it somewhere claimed that Yamaha W650 was a better Triumph. So I will visit the dealer when it arrives, but I do not expect to get too excited about it.
MK -New Thunderbird  March 1, 2009 06:15 PM
Yep, my Rocket III just got traded. My deposit is in and I can't wait til June. Loved the Rocket but it's just too much when off the highway. You guys doing a Harley comparison, you should have a contest to see who can miss the point the most. Someone said "out Harley the Harley?" Thank God Triumph knows better than to copy 1930's technology, with Jap suspension, fuel management, brakes, electrics......on and on. I don't need to ride with a bunch of guys who ride with their noses in the air until they are sitting on the side of the road broken down, again.
Chrome Horse Rider -Triumph 2010 T-Bird  February 23, 2009 09:52 PM
It seems that the styling of this new 2010 T-Bird has stolen the heart of many, so it might be just me. When I look at the major parts of this bike individually, I felt that I have seen it on some other bikes before, a few ideas might be from HD, but mainly from rice cruisers. My point is Triumph has a heritage with distinguish styling established on successful models, why on earth giving up on the loyalty of who still feel sentimental about the brand in trying to pursue what Japanese manufacturers have already tried and failed. Japanese have designed better bikes and some not so bad cruiser styling, what they are lacking is the tank badge spelling HD. In a nutshell, Triumph might be better off styling it as an attractive Parallel-Twin instead of trying to make it appears to be yet another me-too V-Twin.
Brian -T-Bird  February 17, 2009 05:27 PM
Love this bike . I had an 02 America (pre factory fire) lost the silent pipes and put on a pair of 3" turnouts was loud and throuty. My only wish was for more cubes, and now its here. Triumph has its own history and fame, its not an imitation harley by copying the v-twin.
Ariel Melecio -2010 T-Bird  February 14, 2009 01:26 PM
Nice Go Triumph Just late by about 6 years. Its a long road ahead now but better late than never. I will like to demo ride one, but I will never forgive you Triumph, why you made us wait so long?
Larry -Displacement  February 13, 2009 06:06 AM
It says "104 Cubic Inches" on the primary cover. That would make it 1700cc not 1600...
Chris -2010 Triumph Thunderbird  February 9, 2009 06:23 PM
Ivan -Triumph Thunderbird  February 7, 2009 03:30 PM
I'm in!, once it releases, going to park it next to my Bonneville.
stevo the devo -- new thunderbird  February 6, 2009 06:12 PM
this is it for me , been waiting for something to fully custimise thats not a harley but not a japper either . these bikes will get a cult following very quickly im already drawing up plans for a few differant custom versions example, drag style ,bobber,and full show copper some people dont like certain stuff about the new t'bird well just change it, as a great bike is about to hit the tar thank's triumph....
STEVE BLINCO -THUNDERBIRD  January 25, 2009 04:46 PM
I own a T100 BONNEVILLE with ohlin rear shocks and have been waiting to see the new thunderbird in the view of buying one. it looks like a cross between a harley clone and a metric cruiser.triumph honchos are forgetting their heritage. still love my bonney but i just ordered a new guzzi.
benroe -thunderbird  January 22, 2009 06:51 AM
The bike looks good, and I swore when Triumph came out with a super bonnie cruiser I would get another, but I don't know now. I own a 675 and am in love with it, but it needs a sister in the garage. Make the bird in a standard style with bug eyes that the triumph brand is known for and there you go. I will have to demo one to pass final judgement. My america was hell on wheels down a twisty road and if triumph keeps it up in the handling department then this bike might be good just yet.
CoolcatJoe -Triumph 2010 T-Bird  January 21, 2009 05:55 PM
I agree with another writer here, the rear fender needs to be lower and the chrome supports on the side don't look nice and don't flow. Also, the front looks to plain and Japanese bike like, another words: nothing special to look at. I want to really like this bike, but so far it's a bit like English food, bland (in the looks department). Come on Triumph, spice it up a bit! Please!
Martin -Triumph Thunderbird  January 13, 2009 09:15 PM
It's about time, Triumph. You've finally got it right! 1600cc, PARALLEL TWIN, great symmetry, awesome predicted power. I can hardly wait! I was never a big fan of V-twins. Basically, they all look like they suffered a serious birth defect. Then comes along the 2010 Triumph Thunderbird bringing sanity and hope to the cruising world. WELL DONE.
mstrmac -2010 Tbird  January 8, 2009 11:33 PM
The Tank is horrible, not Triumph. The gauges are better suited on the bars. Looks like you will sit on it as opposed to IN it. Should have a more rounded lower rear fender. The rear fender pointer support is also horrible.
David Steel -Waiting to see one in the flesh  January 7, 2009 05:20 AM
The thing that makes it look like a Harley for me are the flat bars and the gas tank mounted guages. Give me some gauges above the bars where I might see them and put a decent-size headlamp on this bike (or two) then I might be in the maket for this.
Don J - -Triumph Thunderbird  January 6, 2009 02:51 PM
This bike looks too much like a Harley and all other cruisers. It doesn't have the Triumph look like the Speedmaster, Bonny, etc. I will have to go with the Speedmaster, even though it doesn't have the umph that this bike will have. Like it was said previously, 865ccs is enough for me too.
Bobalu -T-Bird  January 2, 2009 12:14 PM
Not too bad but it could have had a more Triumph look.I guess beggars cant be choosy.Been waiting on a large parallel twin from Triumph for ages so this will have to do.Will have to change the tank badges,pipes,sproket cover[needs to look more like the speedmasters]among other things.If it goes and sounds like i think it will it should be worth it.
Bob -Triumph harley killer  January 1, 2009 10:42 PM
Looks like my Speedmaster might have company in my garage if it goes like i think it will.I have seen hp figures from 75 to over 100 and with at least 100 lbs of torque. Triumph is probally fine tuning the fuel injection so we will have to wait on the final power specs.Cant wait to hear it with some free flowing pipes.
Jake -Thunderbird  December 30, 2008 01:50 PM
I recently start riding, and bought a used 98 Thunderbird as my first ride. My father in law has a 883 Sportster, and I've had the fortune to ride it a few times, and decided that it pales in comparison with my bike. The Triumph is a superior ride. Smooth, nimble, and punchy. I could see this cruiser being popular in America, but I think I'll keep my 98 Thunderbird. 885 cc's is plenty for me.
Doc Watson -Triumph Thunderbird  December 30, 2008 07:45 AM
I own a Rocket 111 but could be tempted by the new Thunderbird, lets hope it sounds as good as the Rocket and not flat like the America and Speedmaster.
Scott -Triumph  December 17, 2008 07:45 PM
Whats does this bike weigh?
Steven Leek -Triumph Thunderbird  December 14, 2008 08:27 PM
The "Me Too" Harley-clone customer will still want a V-Twin. They are not motorcyclists, but boys in the bodies of men who can't do anything unless they have a "gang" along with them. So, Triumph, smelling money, produces a bike they think the fan-boys will like. Well, it looks like a Bonneville had sex with a 57 Buick Roadmaster. It's fat, derivative and flies in the face of the Triumph tradition, that is, if anyone that builds these mutants can remember what that is.
DWN, TX -Triumph Thunderbird  December 5, 2008 08:47 AM
Nice looking bike! I don't care for the bobbed rear finder though, the rest looks good. All that being said, this looks like another H.D. knock off. I guess the individualism of the manufacturers has dissolved and we all are riding the same bikes...
Paintedmoose -T-Bird upgrades  December 2, 2008 02:41 AM
Sold my Heritage, bought a family car. Then Triumph release this. Are they trying to get me divorced? Want to ride one before I do my nuts over it. Hope they give us some real options for customisation. Hate the pipes. Hate the bars. Love the rest. Hurry up September.
Brad -New Triumph Thunderbird  November 28, 2008 02:53 PM
This is the bike I've been waiting for Triumph to build. I've always loved the look of the Harley Twin Cam bikes, but the lack of power in such a big bike, and the air-cooled engine bothered me. I'm partial to the big twin bikes, so I bought a Vulcan 2000. It's a great bike, but it is just TOO big. The new Thunderbird seems like the best of both worlds, and with a Triumph, no one will accuse me of being a Harley "wanna be". I WANT one!!!
kyle blackman -got triumph  November 28, 2008 01:20 PM
i will have a thunderbird,however i would like to see a full rear fender etc...a triumph should not look like a honda shadow,it should have a a classic style/04 america one of the best looking motorcycles ever built.in pics the bike looks a little short.can't wait to see one in person.
Ivor Thomas -Triumph thunderbird  November 27, 2008 08:43 PM
I have a Triumph Rocket3 now.It is without a doubt one of the most amazing bikes I have ever owned. The only downside is the shear size and weight. The new Thunderbird would suit me perfectly.I love the looks and size. Maybe it's time to trade the Rocket3 for a Thunderbird. A tough decision.
Ivor Thomas -Triumph thunderbird  November 27, 2008 08:26 PM
I think this is what Triumph should built have years ago.The looks and size are perfect,and finally a bike with enormous customizing potential I am so tired of looking at V-twins. Only Triumph has the history and credibility to compete in the cruiser market against H-D with this type of bike. Well done Triumph.
Calvin -T-Bird  November 19, 2008 08:59 AM
ps Triumph should look into putting hard bags like the Rocket 111 Tour so they can have a T_Bird Bagger. The soft leather style just don't look good.
Calvin -Triumph Thunderbird  November 19, 2008 08:56 AM
The T-Bird look is growing on me, it is simple and back to basics, with a lot of engine showing like an HD. Clean lines, lots of chrome and thick paint. If power is in the 80hp range and weight is as stated it will out HD HD. I love the way HDs look and sound, but for way too long they have been under powered..yes I know the arguement about torque vs HP, but come on 60hp on a 750+ pound bike! triumph may have something here.
Mick Alaphanospho -Triumph  November 14, 2008 06:23 PM
I like it! Finally a cruiser that lacks the boring overweight, underpowered V-twin that screams "I wanna be just like everyone else!" And look at that... a fuel tank that actually has some capacity!