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Triumph Thunderbird Arrives in America

Thursday, March 19, 2009
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
The legendary styling of the 2010 Triumph Thunderbird gives the 1600cc cruiser a bold, distinguished character. 
Triumph’s Thunderbird first landed on North American shores in 1946 and received rave reviews from motorcyclists for its styling, agility and speed. The Thunderbird quickly found its way into homes and movies as motorcyclists enthusiastically flocked to the roadways and the machine appeared in major motion pictures including “The Wild One” with Marlon Brando.
Now, a new generation is preparing to take flight on a brand new Thunderbird that embodies state-of-the-art technology and European styling with a distinctive American twist. The machine makes its first North American appearance at Daytona (Fla.) Bike Week from Feb. 27 to March 8, but some Triumph dealers have already taken deposits amidst anticipation of the bike’s arrival. “The Thunderbird fits perfectly between Triumph’s 863cc Bonneville and the 2,300cc Rocket III motorcycles,” said Tony Lewis, owner of Triumph dealer Eurosport in Fort Worth, Texas. “It’s exactly what we’ve been waiting for and several of our customers have already placed deposits. If you want to be one of the first to get a Thunderbird, you better hurry because they’ll go fast.”

The new Thunderbird, offered as a 2010 model, features a 1600cc (96 cubic inch) parallel twin engine that produces more than 80 bhp and more than 100 ft.lbs. of torque. Power will be transferred to the ground through a six-speed transmission designed for city and highway cruising, a belt final drive and a meaty 200mm rear tire. Dual front disc brakes with braided stainless steel brake lines are standard while Triumph’s anti-lock braking system is an available option.
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
Pull back handlebars, a spry suspension, and 5.5 gallon gas tank make the 2010 Thunderbird a relaxed long hauler. 
North American riders will appreciate the relaxed riding position, forward mounted controls, pull back handlebars and agile suspension that are designed especially for day-long rides on long and winding roads. An elegant instrument cluster with integrated speedometer, tachometer and odometer is mounted on a shapely 5.5 gallon gas tank that promises many miles of riding between fill-ups.

“Triumph has been methodically expanding its model line to suit the various riding styles around the globe, and the Thunderbird is a great addition for American riders who want a large displacement twin-cylinder cruiser,” said Mark Kennedy, CEO of Triumph North America. “Triumph employees are passionate about motorcycling. It’s truly a labor of love to deliver great looking and performing motorcycles. So for us, developing the specifications sheet was easy. The fun and challenging part was creating a completely new motorcycle that delivers an exceptional riding experience. I can proudly say that the Triumph team has accomplished just that.”
The Thunderbird 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.

“The Thunderbird was designed to take on the best of the big twin cruiser motorcycles, and it stands apart from the crowd with exceptional performance and Triumph’s distinctive style,” said Kennedy. “We’re very excited about the opportunities that the Thunderbird represents in America for riders who favor big twin cruisers and know Triumph for its heritage and quality of modern motorcycles.”

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bobby p -thunderbird  December 16, 2009 12:36 PM
I checked it out when it first came out.But as a Triumph lover,"owner" (2008 America and 2009 Thruxton) and many more before that,I am disappointed about a few things.
# 1. Watercooled ain`t cool!
One would think after all these years, Triumph would not have to put a radiator on the 1600 cc engine.
I had rather seen them hang a window fan on the handlebars instead of making it look like a suzuki.(wish I had kept my trident)
#2.Seat height- Wrong! "too high for a cruiser"
#3.Mufflers.Shouldn`t hang them pointing up on this type motorcycle.Should have been more parallel so as to give the bike a more slammed look.I really wanted one ,but not like this.Oh well ,maybe they will get it right next year.I could fix it,but who has time?
Yesterday I couldn`t even spell the word -Injuneer and today I is one! Seriously ,I hope these comments will help.

Martin Shepherd -Just put deposit on a Thunderbird  July 18, 2009 12:30 PM
Looks the business, had an America before which never misted a beat, have just trded it in for the new THUNDERBIRD, realy a bike to fill the gap between the America and the rocket. Hey and what a rad up front you carnt see it when your riding
lee -So what  June 3, 2009 11:12 AM
I ride 21 years with HD. I think I go on 23 jun 2009 to a dealer in Belgium for looking at this nice super Thunderbird. I'ts a very nice cruiser,very apart, and i'ts spokes in my head,every day.The engine is magnifique ....but the cooler in the front....
Christian H -2010 Thunder bird  April 13, 2009 09:31 AM
I agree with DW,where are the mid mounts? maybe triumph will offer a mid mount kit as an accessory? & hopefully some arrow exhaust.This could be one hot ride! Note to Triumph:Blacked out special edition,would be TASTY!!!!!
Jay Mack -T-Bird  April 6, 2009 10:54 AM
If you don't like forward controls or cruisers, just wait. Krizwell predicts there will be other bikes built around this motor. This is just the beginning.
steve -triumph thunderbird 2010  March 22, 2009 01:19 AM
why so expensive ? labour costs in thailand are low ,how much money does mr bloor need ? is triumph now propping up Bloor Homes ?
Cockdie -Love It!  March 21, 2009 04:32 PM
I've never been a big Triumph guy, but I really like this one. Perfect size, and a nice clean look. It's about time Triumph came out with practical cruiser.
DW -forward controls?  March 20, 2009 03:54 PM
It looks great, but why stick us with forward controls? Am I the only one that isn't into forwards? I say they should be under me where they belong, with a nice optional set of forwards or highway pegs available for the guys that want to "lounge" on down the road. Definatly a good looking bike though.
Jr -Triumph Thumderbird  March 20, 2009 09:41 AM
what's the price tag?
Tim B -AWESOME!  March 19, 2009 04:28 PM
That is one of the nicest looking cruisers to come along in a long time. And it doesn't have a V-twin! It's different in a good way. Hopefully it performs as well as it looks.