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Triumph Takes Deposits on Thunderbird

Friday, February 20, 2009
The new 1600cc Thunderbird
The new 1600cc Triumph Thunderbird.
Triumph has great news for motorcyclists. The new Thunderbird is scheduled to arrive in North America late June, nearly two months ahead of schedule, and Triumph North America is now processing deposits for the first wave of Thunderbirds that will hit the shores.

The Triumph Thunderbird has been designed from the ground up to feature an innovative 1,600cc parallel twin engine, six-speed transmission and 200mm rear tire. The new bike’s namesake first landed on North American shores in 1946 and received rave reviews from motorcyclists for its styling, agility and speed and later appeared alongside Marlon Brando in the blockbuster movie “The Wild One.” The new Thunderbird is a radical departure from its ancestor, but promises to live up to its legacy.

To reserve a new Thunderbird, customers should visit their local Triumph dealer to place a deposit, complete a Reservation Form and have their dealer fax it to Triumph North America. Once the form has been received, Triumph will assign the reservation to the next delivery slot and send a confirmation email to both the customer and the dealer. The email will confirm receipt of the reservation and will indicate the expected month of delivery. As shipments are received from the factory, motorcycles will be sent to the dealers for customers in the order that the reservations were received. The special order program will run until July 1, 2009.

Triumph is air-freighting four prototype Thunderbirds to Daytona (Fla.) Bike Week for display at the Triumph Demo Truck, which will be located at Daytona International Speedway. Daytona Bike Week is scheduled to take place from Feb. 27 to March 8.

“The initial reaction to the Thunderbird has been fantastic,” said Mark Kennedy, CEO of Triumph North America. “We have received countless positive comments from motorcyclists who are ready for a big twin with Triumph’s distinctive parallel twin engine. We think customers will be pleasantly surprised when they see the bike in person.”

The Thunderbird also will be easily customized to meet each rider’s own styling tastes and riding preferences with a long list of Genuine Triumph Accessories that include a long haul touring seat, windshield, passenger back rest, luggage rack and leather saddle bags.

North America has always had a special relationship with Triumph because of the spirit that Triumph represents. Like the motorcycles themselves, people who ride a Triumph tend to be quietly confident and have a distinctive sense of style that never goes out of fashion. Triumph survived bankruptcy in the early 1980s and a devastating fire that destroyed its factory in 2002. Unfazed by the challenges, the company continues to recapture peoples’ hearts and minds as they take to the streets to discover the thrill and enjoyment that only a Triumph motorcycle can provide. Triumph is now one of the world’s fastest growing motorcycle manufacturers in the world.

To find your local Triumph dealer, please visit www.TriumphMotorcycles.com.

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paul tennessee -harley ( the me too! bike)  October 21, 2009 07:59 AM
Harley's Blow!!!! everyone has one . no individuality. They Suck . never seen a harley that looks good. If you own a harley you are a drone!!. triumphs rule. My speedy gives me no problems EVER!!!!
Vic Ament -Hard Bags for Triumph T-Bird  August 20, 2009 04:58 PM
I road a T-Bird for over an hour in Colorado and am ready to buy, but want to set it up for touring with hard bags and a tour pack. Who will offer that accessory first? I'd also like to see a tow hitch for this bike.
K.Naz -Both  April 15, 2009 05:56 PM
Got both an Hd Heritage and a Bonnie America , Both great bikes never had a problem with either, the new t bird is a sharp bike, triumph has quality and power So I will buy both again and a triumph is not a rice rocket it is a tea and crumpet powered rocket. This Rat rides a Hog
milwaukee mike -Response to that idiot Mark  February 23, 2009 02:51 PM
You say Triumphs have become reliable in the last 10 years. Well Mark, what happened to the 900 Thunderbird triple? My dumb neighbor bought one and it was at the dealer more than 8 months of the 10 that he owned it. The dealer could not get the parts and/or refused to do most of the warranty work. After countless waranty/service problems, the dealership said that they would take back the bike and give him a 900 Legend in response to his problems. However the Legend was a dealer Demo with tons of abuse, and it wasn't the model bike he wanted. In the meantime Triumph stopped production of the 900 Thunderbird. The case has resulted in a law suit. Yes, Mark you are right, Harley is laying off some hourly employees, but Honda has closed the Marysville assembly plant and is now building bikes for the American market in a new plant in.....JAPAN!!! I'd say it's better to lay-off a few workers than close a plant and put everyone out of a job.
H. Clay, Atlanta -Reliable  February 23, 2009 04:56 AM
I have two Triumphs. Speedmaster and Thruxton. Absolutely bulletproof. One you upgrade for power, the fun starts. You dont have to break the bank for a HD. Be Different. Being a Harley drone must be mundane after a while.
Hogtied -Where's the beef .. !?  February 23, 2009 03:51 AM
Milwaukee Mike wrote, "Come on people, Triumphs have alawys been crap, oil leaking unreliable motorbikes." Well, now, welcome back Mr. Einstein, I've been wondering where you've been hiding ... Let me ask you this... If the MOCO has been hauling money out of Milwaukee by the trail car load for 15+ years, why is it necessary for them to stick their hand out for "Stymulus" money? I have two Harleys and two Hinckley Bonnies, and I can say in all honesty that the Bonnies have give me zero problems - none, zip, zero, nada. They DON'T leak, and they are reliable, and if you'd take the time to go ride one, you'd see that they aren't 'crap'. The MOCO also builds a great product.. It's guys with the "if you don't ride a Harley, you ain't sh!t" mentality that pushes it over the top for me. Ok, break's over.. back in your hole...
Mark -Milwaukee Mike  February 22, 2009 08:57 PM
Yeah good call Mike. Currently Harley is laying off it's workers and outsourcing jobs. Your praising a Harley's reliability? come on. Old Triumphs are not unreliable you just have to know how they work. But any body can ride a Triumph now because the triumphs that have come out over the past 10 years have been pretty bullet proof actually. If this bike can offer a unique riding experience it will sell, if not it probably will go the way of the dodo.
milwaukee mike -Goofy Triumph  February 22, 2009 04:13 PM
Come on people, Triumphs have alawys been crap, oil leaking unreliable motorbikes. This is just another eurometric that will be here today and gone tommorrow. Think back to other recent eurocruisers: the Ducati Indiana, BMW R1200C, Moto Guzzi Jackal, the Triumph 900 Thunderbird, or the America or even the Speedmaster. Here today,..gone tommorrow. This bike reminds me of the bastard child of a Kawasaki 500 Vulcan and a Honda VTX 1300C. Save your money, buy a Harley, and help keep this country's industries working. And in a couple of years from now you will still get parts and support.
cdk -Triumph TBird  February 21, 2009 05:44 PM
Triumph needs to offer a full hard bag (Rocket Tourer) bagger for us older Triumph riders. That would put a hurt not only on HD but Victory as they don't offer a hard bagger, the Vision doesn't count as baggage capacity is useless and their Kigpin Tour's bags are not much bigger than a tank bag.
R.Nelson , Atlanta, Ga -I'll be waiting  February 21, 2009 09:52 AM
When Triumph eventually (and they will) makes a full dress outfitted Thunderbird, it will be my next buy. And I don't mean ala Goldwing. Stick with cruiser-garb but outfitted for two doing the long haul.I currently have a Kawasaki Nomad and even though I love the bike, it is ginormously heavy and produces far less power than it should for its displacement. Extra power, lighter weight, more nimble and comfortable for both riders, but still staying true to the Triumph marque is not only possible but do-able. I think the market is there already, tired of 1000 pound cruisers.