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The 2014 Triumph Thunderbird Storm on Totalmotorcycle.com
Less chrome, more power and more attitude...
The Thunderbird Storm comes with a 1700cc engine and hard-edged style.
Based on our original Thunderbird, the Storm keeps the pure Triumph twinned headlights but adds a low, blacked out look that's mean and minimalist for massive street presence backed up by huge torque and confident handling.
We squeezed 102cc more from the muscle-bound parallel twin engine so that it packs an even bigger punch. Still laid-back but underpinned by serious power and the best handling in the class. This is a cruiser with a dark side.
2014 Triumph Thunderbird Storm Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
We took the 1597cc parallel twin from the Thunderbird and boosted its capacity to 1699cc with 3.3mm bigger pistons in huge, 107.1mm bores. So the Thunderbird Storm does have a classic-looking engine that packs a mighty punch, but that power is delivered smoothly thanks to twin balance shafts.
The result of the Thunderbird Storms bigger engine is more power at
98PS. And an even higher peak torque at 115lb.ft right down at 2,950rpm with
more torque across the rev range. So it delivers instant thrust when you twist
the throttle, even at very low rpm.
Despite the air-cooled appearance, the Thunderbird Storm engine is liquid-cooled. We placed its radiator unobtrusively between the frame downtubes and the fat, twin exhaust headers.
And there's plenty more 21st century technology tucked away too, like our highly accurate sequential fuel injection system with its progressive throttle linkage so you get power predictably and smoothly.
We added double overhead camshafts and a crankshaft with 270 degree firing
intervals, to give you an engine with authentic cruiser character. Whilst
the fuelling is looked after by a sequential fuel injection system and progressive
throttle linkage so your engine delivers its torque exactly the way you expect.
The Thunderbird Storm has a big black engine with upright cylinders and machined cooling fin edges to help define its imposing shape.
Many other parts of the Thunderbird Storm are black. Including the rear springs
and headlight bowls.
The final drive is an inverted tooth belt with carbon fibre strands to give
it a higher tensile strength than steel. While the pulleys have a patented
ultra-hard coating that minimises wear so that the whole belt drive system
needs very little attention. It's really quiet and clean too.
6 Speed Gear Box
The transmission uses a six-speed gearbox with a tall top ratio for relaxed
highway cruising and exceptional fuel efficiency.
We gave the Thunderbird Storm double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, along with a very tall top ratio in the six-speed transmission for a great ride and to help the fuel economy. Even at 75mph you get almost 50mpg, as good as some commuter bikes.
We gave the Thunderbird Storm fat 47mm diameter forks with plenty of travel
at 120mm. And the rear shocks are adjustable for spring preload so you can
set the bike up to suit your load or riding style.
We used all of our engineering expertise in making the geometry just right,
so the Thunderbird Storm steers as great as it looks. Even at low speeds.
And it has to be extremely stable when going faster, yet amazingly agile when
you ask it to change direction rapidly. So you get a bike thats responsive,
even in the tight, low speed manoeuvres that some cruisers make hard work
We wanted plenty of stopping power to match the engine on the Thunderbird
Storm. So you get a pair of four-piston callipers at the front to scrub off
speed in an instant and give great feedback, backed up by ABS as standard.
You get a feeling of control on the Thunderbird Storm, with forward-sited footrests and controls and wide, pulled-back bars for a spacious, comfortable riding position. Comfortable enough for much more than a quick trip into town or a Sunday spin.
And, even though the passenger seat detaches to enhance the lean looks of
the bike when riding solo, it's still comfortable and relaxed enough for a
pillion. The high quality suspension being more than enough to keep the ride
plush and stable even when there are two people on board.
We built the twin spine, steel tube frame of the Thunderbird Storm to be
exceptionally stiff. Then we reinforced it with the engine itself, making
it a stressed component of the chassis for even more agility.
Wheels and Tyres
Weve fitted Metzeler tyres to five-spoke cast aluminium wheels that, not only look the part in their black finish, but are light for sharper handling.
Tyres are fat with a wide 200 section dominating the rear view and are mounted
on modern five-spoke alloy wheels - black finished, of course.
With a seat just 700mm from the ground, youll find the Thunderbird Storm very accessible for such a big bike.
We fit ABS to the Thunderbird Storm as standard. So it never loses its
Instruments and Computer
It looks lean and mean but the Thunderbird Storm has loads of equipment.
You get an on-board computer with a clock, twin trip meters and a fuel gauge,
along with a neat, compact rev counter and electronic self cancelling indicators.
Typical Triumph fuel efficiency and a 22 litre tank means you can cover more than 200 miles between refills. Not bad for any bike, let alone a cruiser.
Our confidence provides you with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty on your new Triumph and Genuine Accessories. Alongside the knowledge that we give you a 12 month unlimited mileage warranty on replacement parts.
The Thunderbird Storm carries 6,000 mile (10,000km) service intervals.
2014 Triumph Thunderbird Storm - Totalmotorcycle.com International Specifications/Technical
US MSRP Price: Phantom Black - $14,799 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $16,499 CDN
UK/European MSRP Price: £12,499.00 (VAT Included)
Engine and Transmission
typeLiquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
systemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle
exhaustChromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2, tandem large-volume catalysts in centralised catbox, chrome-plated silencers
final driveToothed Belt
gearbox6-speed constant mesh, helical type 2nd - 6th
oil capacity1.1US Gallon
Chassis Running Gear and Displays
frameTubular Steel, twin spine
Front WheelsCast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 19 x 3.5 in
Rear WheelsCast aluminium alloy 5-spoke 17 x 6 in
Front Tires120/70 R19
Rear Tires200/50 R17
Front SuspensionShowa 47mm forks. 120mm travel
Rear SuspensionShowa chromed spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload. 95mm rear wheel travel
brakes frontTwin 310mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers
brakes rearSingle 310mm fixed disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper
instrument display and functionsAnalogue speedometer featuring integrated rev counter, scroll button on handlebars, LCD trip computer, fuel gauge and clock
Dimensions and Capacities
height without mirror1120mm
tank capacity5.8us gallon
wet weight339 kilo
max power ec98PS @ 5200
max torque ec156NM @ 2950
urban - 38us mpg
56mph/90kph - 56us mpg
Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. Information from Total Motorcycle.com; All information correct as of posted date.