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2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm
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2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm
2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm

2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm
2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm

2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm
2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm


- 2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm Review

2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm

Thunderbird Storm. Rolling thunder.

New for 2011, meet the Thunderbird’s punky cousin. Dechromed. Stripped down. More attitude than before. Distinctive twin headlights. Straight bars. Any colour you like, as long as it’s black. This is the Thunderbird Storm, the same great chassis as the award-winning Thunderbird, with more power as standard and a harder edged and more distinctive look.

With the award-winning Thunderbird as its base, it’s no surprise that the Storm comes highly specified as standard.

The edgy, stripped down, styling is complemented perfectly by the iconic twin headlights, made famous on Triumph’s legendary Rocket III and Speed Triple models, give the Thunderbird Storm a street rod look straight from the box.

And while the look may be pared back, the spec sheet certainly isn’t. With a 1700cc parallel-twin at its heart the Thunderbird Storm is a power cruiser that packs a mighty punch. The tank mounted speedo includes a small built in tacho and on-board computer which includes clock, two trip meters and a fuel gauge. The low maintenance belt drive system delivers the torque smoothly and cleanly, while the cycle parts ooze class and quality. Anti-lock brakes are also an option for the Thunderbird Storm, offering extra security and safety to the rider and passenger.

TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD STORM

- Powerful 1700cc version of Triumph’s award-winning T-16 engine developing 98PS and 156Nm of torque
- Aggressive blacked-out look with twin streetfighter headlights
- Low, 700mm seat height for classic look and easy riding
- Powerful four-piston brakes with optional ABS
- Two year unlimited mileage warranty as standard

The Triumph Thunderbird Storm is a power cruiser for riders who expect a harder-edge to their ride.

Powered by a big bore, 1700cc, version of Triumph’s acclaimed T-16 parallel twin engine, the Thunderbird Storm’s massive 107mm pistons pump out a muscular 98PS, with a meaty 156Nm of torque at just 2950rpm.

The Thunderbird Storm utilises the chassis of Triumph’s award-winning Thunderbird, a cruiser renowned for its outstanding poise and precision, but is wrapped up in a pared down, punked up look.

Triumph’s iconic twin headlights, made famous on the Rocket III and Speed Triple models, and drag bars perfectly fit this street rod’s aggressive nature and are complemented by the gloss Jet Black or classic Matt Black paint options, and the matching blacked out engine cases.

The low 700mm seat height provides a sumptuous laid back riding, while handling will provide a pleasant surprise to cruiser and non-cruiser riders alike. Triumph is renowned for its ability to make fine handling motorcycles and the Thunderbird Storm provides no exception. With 47mm forks up front and five-way adjustable twin shocks at the rear, the Triumph delivers a compliant and accurate ride in all conditions, while well appointed twin 310mm floating discs up front are grabbed by powerful four-piston brakes for progressive stopping power, with optional ABS for increased rider security.

Sporting Metzeler Marathon tyres, developed especially for the Thunderbird range, adorn five-spoke cast alloy wheels and inspire confidence while cornering. And while the look may be minimalist, the Thunderbird Storm’s specification sheet certainly isn’t.

This power cruiser oozes quality, from the premium components to the neat attention to detail and a distinctive new Triumph script on the tank, this is a machine for the discerning rider looking for a distinctive alternative to the mainstream offerings.

The tank mounted speedo includes a comprehensive on-board computer which includes a clock, two trip meters and fuel gauge, in addition to a small and stylish tachometer. A range of almost 100 accessories are available for the Thunderbird Storm, giving owners the chance to personalise their bikes to meet their own needs and tastes.



 


 

2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm Features and Benefits

Engine

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin, 270 degree firing interval 1,700cc delivers tree stump pulling torque and power.


Chassis

Supple suspension for mile eating. A finely calibrated system which blends effortlessly to complement the bike's looks. Rear adjustable for preload, it's ready to go - one up or two. Dual front discs deliver smooth and progressive braking. ABS available too.


Instruments

Class leading instruments, tank mounted. Large speedo, tacho, two trip meters and fuel gauge in a chromed nacelle with unique Thunderbird logo.


Seats

Just 700mm off the ground. Well padded and comfortable with a range of seat accessories for even more comfort. Fly solo or attach the pillion seat for two-up fun.

 

Fuel Efficiency:

38 MPG City / 56 MPG Highway

Fuel Efficiency:

6.3l/100km City / 4.2l/100km Highway

Engine:

1699cc Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval

Instruments:

Analogue speedometer featuring integrated rev counter, scroll button on handlebars, LCD trip computer, fuel gauge and clock

Exhaust:

Chromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2. Tandem large-volume catalysts in centralised catbox, chrome-plated silencers



 


 

2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm - US Specifications/Technical Details
USA MSRP Price: On The Road $14,799

Engine and Transmission
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
Capacity 1699cc
Bore/Stroke 107.1 x 94.3mm
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle
Exhaust Chromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2, tandem large-volume catalysts in centralized catbox, chrome-plated exhaust
Final Drive Toothed Belt
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed constant mesh, helical type 2nd - 6th
Oil Capacity 4.2 liters (1.1 US gals)
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
Frame Tubular Steel, twin spine
Swingarm Twin-sided, steel
Wheel Front Cast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5 in
Rear Cast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 17 x 6 in
Tire Front 120/70 R19
Rear 200/50 R17
Suspension Front Showa 47mm forks. 120mm travel
Rear Showa black spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload. 95mm rear wheel travel
Brakes Front Twin 310mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers
Rear Single 310mm fixed disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper
Instrument Display/Functions Analogue speedometer featuring integrated rev counter, scroll button on handlebars, LCD trip computer, fuel gauge and clock

Dimensions and Capacities
Length 2340 mm (92.1 in)
Width (handlebars) 880 mm (34.6 in)
Height without mirrors 1120 mm (44.1 in)
Seat Height 700 mm (27.5 in)
Wheelbase 1615 mm (63.5 in)
Rake/Trail 32º/151mm
Fuel Tank Capacity / Efficiency 22 liters (5.8 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 339 kg (746 lbs)
Performance (measured at crankshaft to 95/1/EC)
Maximum Power 98PS / 97bhp / 72 kW @ 5200rpm
Maximum Torque 156Nm / 115 ft.lbs @ 2950rpm
Fuel Efficiency 38 MPG City / 56 MPG Highway *Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle conducted under ideal laboratory conditions. Actual mileage may vary based upon personal riding habits, weather, vehicle condition, and other factors.

Price
On The Road $14,799 *Actual price determined by dealer. Price excludes taxes, license, options and $495 in destination/handling charges Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

 


 

2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: On The Road $16,299

Engine and Transmission
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
Capacity 1699cc
Bore/Stroke 107.1 x 94.3mm
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle
Exhaust Chromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2, tandem large-volume catalysts in centralised catbox, chrome-plated silencers
Final Drive Toothed Belt
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed constant mesh, helical type 2nd - 6th
Oil Capacity 4.2 litres (1.1 US gals)
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
Frame Tubular Steel, twin spine
Swingarm Twin-sided, steel
Wheel Front Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5 in
Rear Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 6 in
Tyre Front 120/70 R19
Rear 200/50 R17
Suspension Front Showa 47mm forks. 120mm travel
Rear Showa black spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload. 95mm rear wheel travel
Brakes Front Twin 310mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers
Rear Single 310mm fixed disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper
Instrument Display/Functions Analogue speedometer featuring integrated rev counter, scroll button on handlebars, LCD trip computer, fuel gauge and clock

Dimensions and Capacities
Length 2340 mm (92.1 in)
Width (handlebars) 880 mm (34.6 in)
Height without mirrors 1120 mm (44.1 in)
Seat Height 700 mm (27.5 in)
Wheelbase 1615 mm (63.5 in)
Rake/Trail 32º/151mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 22 litres (5.8 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 339 kg (746 lbs)
Performance (measured at crankshaft to 95/1/EC)
Maximum Power 98PS / 97bhp / 72 kW @ 5200rpm
Maximum Torque 156Nm / 115 ft.lbs @ 2950rpm
Fuel Efficiency

Price
On The Road $16,299 *Suggested Retail pricing only, actual price is determined by dealer. Price excludes $550 in destination & handling charges, taxes, license, options & pre-delivery expense. Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.




 

2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm - International Specifications/Technical Details
Europe MSRP Price: On The Road from £ 11,799 (ABS +£600)

Engine and Transmission
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
Capacity 1699cc
Bore/Stroke 107.1 x 94.3mm
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle
Exhaust Chromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2, tandem large-volume catalysts in centralised catbox, chrome-plated silencers
Final Drive Toothed Belt
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 6-speed constant mesh, helical type 2nd - 6th
Oil Capacity 4.2 litres (1.1 US gals)
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
Frame Tubular Steel, twin spine
Swingarm Twin-sided, steel
Wheel Front Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5 in
Rear Cast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 6 in
Tyre Front 120/70 R19
Rear 200/50 R17
Suspension Front Showa 47mm forks. 120mm travel
Rear Showa chromed spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload. 95mm rear wheel travel
Brakes Front Twin 310mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers
Rear Single 310mm fixed disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper
Instrument Display/Functions Analogue speedometer featuring integrated rev counter, scroll button on handlebars, LCD trip computer, fuel gauge and clock

Dimensions and Capacities
Length 2340 mm (92.1 in)
Width (handlebars) 880 mm (34.6 in)
Height without mirrors 1120 mm (44.1 in)
Seat Height 700 mm (27.5 in)
Wheelbase 1615 mm (63.5 in)
Rake/Trail 32º/151mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 22 litres (5.8 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 339 kg (746 lbs)
Performance (measured at crankshaft to 95/1/EC)
Maximum Power 98PS / 97bhp / 72 kW @ 5200rpm
Maximum Torque 156Nm / 115 ft.lbs @ 2950rpm
Fuel Efficiency Urban: 45.0mpg (6.3 l/100km) - 56mph: 67.1mpg (4.2 l/100km) - 75mph: 49.9mpg (5.7l/100km)

Price
On The Road from £ 11,799 (ABS +£600)

* Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), the actual sale prices can vary.


 

 

 

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