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2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Voted - 64.4%

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:55 am
by totalmotorcycle
2013 Triumph Thunderbird on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

More photos and information: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... erbird.htm

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2013 Triumph Thunderbird

Go on a legend reborn.

Strong, muscular lines. Impeccable manners. Outstanding engineering. A tour de force. Voted 'Cruiser of the Year' by Cycle World magazine in the USA, Thunderbird rewrites the rules and brings Triumph's reputation for handling and engineering excellence to the cruiser market. Personalisation? No problem, with great paint schemes and over 100 accessories. It's what cruiser riders have been waiting for.

The critically acclaimed new Thunderbird is a revelation. The bike that cruiser riders have been waiting for. But its turning heads among other types of rider too. Why? Because it delivers - on looks, on power, on handling, on comfort, on everything.

On the road or on the spec sheet, Thunderbird leads the way. Sit astride the well appointed low seat and enjoy the high quality chrome that dominates the design.

The tank mounted speedo includes a small built in tacho and on-board computer which includes clock, two trip meters and a fuel gauge. Low maintenance belt drive, Triumph’s first in the modern era, delivers the torque smoothly and cleanly, while the cycle parts ooze class and quality. Anti-lock brakes are an option for the Thunderbird, offering extra reassurance on all road conditions.

But riding a cruiser is all about individuality and with over 100 accessories you can personalise your Thunderbird and find your own unique look. From stripped down street rod to a soft bagged tourer, the Thunderbird delivers with style and charisma.



2013 Triumph Thunderbird - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: MSRP $13,499(Single Color ABS)$13,799(Two-tone ABS)$13,999(Haze)
Canada MSRP Price: On The Road $14,499(Phantom Black)$15,499(two-tone)$15,799(Marble Haze)


Engine and Transmission

Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
Capacity 1597cc
Bore/Stroke 103.8 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, 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 chromed spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload. 95mm rear wheel travel

Brakes Front
Twin 310mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers, ABS

Rear
Single 310mm disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, ABS

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 86PS / 85bhp / 63 kW @ 4850rpm
Maximum Torque 146Nm / 108 ft.lbs @ 2750rpm
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.


More photos and information: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... erbird.htm

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:57 am
by totalmotorcycle
It's nice that it was "Voted 'Cruiser of the Year' by Cycle World magazine in the USA", but what do we at the top Motorcycle Site think?

Mike

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:12 pm
by BRUMBEAR
This is also a nice bike but I had the older triple Thunderbird and I loved that bike so I can only give it a COOL :mrgreen:

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:35 pm
by totalmotorcycle
BRUMBEAR wrote:This is also a nice bike but I had the older triple Thunderbird and I loved that bike so I can only give it a COOL :mrgreen:
It's really a shame the new Thunderbird doesn't look much like the old Triumph thunderbird eh? I really loved the looks of the Thunderbird Sport when it was available. Sadly, it is kinda rare today. http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2 ... dSport.htm I just can't see the new Thunderbird on England roads vs the old one.

Do you think the new look and engine of the Thunderbird is a good thing?

Mike

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:29 pm
by madjak30
I voted: Awesome

For a couple of reasons...finally a cruiser with some fuel capacity! At 22L, you can ride until you want to stop...not until you are worried that you will run out of fuel...most other cruisers have a dinky 14-16L tank on an engine this size, I just don't get it...and the exhaust...one down each side, like it should be. Keeps the styling balanced and the bags will be equal on both sides which will help in keeping a balanced load when travelling...

And it's not too bad looking either...for a cruiser.

Later.

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:05 pm
by BRUMBEAR
Yeah the motor is throaty/rumbly. I think it's a well rounded machine and Triumph makes a great product but the old(I can't believe I am saying old) Triumph triple was more reminiscent of the OLD school trident mixed with a Bonney flair if that makes any sense. I had the thunderbird classic I didn't quite make it look as good as Pam Anderson did in Barbed Wire or even the Tuck everlasting cameo I think oops that was a bonney but that was a beauty of a machine. However so is the new one.
Dave
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Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:49 am
by JackoftheGreen
This is one beautiful bit of machinery. Just look at those lines -- minimalist front fender, wide bars, and the way the tank rakes so sharply down into the saddle! Just stunning. The angles on the exhaust headers do a fanstastic job of downplaying that enormous radiator out front, and I've never cared for trumpet tips but these manage to look classy. And look at all that open space on either side of the cylinder head! It'd be a snap to keep that motor looking it's best, with room to scrub and shine. Hands down a great looking bike.

It's a bit too big for my tastes, both in terms of displacement and curb weight, but I can't help but be impressed when a 1600cc puts up fuel economy numbers like that. With better than 300 freeway miles between fill-ups, it would be an absolute PLEASURE to tour on this beast. Only fly in the ointment is that vacuum-cleaner final drive, which I still don't trust and which is really more my problem than the bikes.

I'd never buy a 1600cc, nevermind that I could never afford this, and because of that I really ought to go with Cool. But I just can't get over how damn good this ride looks, it just makes me grin to look at it. So, Awesome.

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:24 pm
by HYPERR
Epic fail. Whatever happened to the beautiful original Thunderbird or even the beautiful triple Thunderbirds that came out in the mid 1990s. Absolutely blashphemy to taint this iconic name with this bloated mfugly cruiser.

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:30 am
by sapaul
I am with Hyperr

I have ridden this and found it to be clumsy and ungainly. I think Triumph have let themselves down with this one considering the fantastic work they have done with their other offerings. Compare this against Guzzi's latest and it is very far off the mark

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:58 pm
by BobK
It looks bloated to me too.

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:06 pm
by totalmotorcycle
One thing I really like about this cruiser (no, I'm not putting in my vote just yet) is the fact that Triumph thought outside the box and used such a different engine for a cruiser. The last cruiser to use a parallel-twin was the Kawasaki Vulcan 500LTD in the mid-20's (why does that suddenly seem a long time ago!?), anyways, this Thunderbird's parallel twin in the biggest parallel twin ever made. I am sure they could easily have used a V-Twin, but hey, they didn't, and that gets it kudo's from me for that part at least. :D

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Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:10 pm
by storysunfolding
beautiful motor hidden in an ugly bike. I'm going with uncool because I can't call the engine a fail.

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:32 pm
by HYPERR
storysunfolding wrote:beautiful motor hidden in an ugly bike. I'm going with uncool because I can't call the engine a fail.
Was a beautiful motor before they decided to dumb it down with a 270 crank... :?

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:36 pm
by storysunfolding
HYPERR wrote:
storysunfolding wrote:beautiful motor hidden in an ugly bike. I'm going with uncool because I can't call the engine a fail.
Was a beautiful motor before they decided to dumb it down with a 270 crank... :?
WTF? How did I miss that?!?! :shooting: triumph

Previous statement retracted. Failboat engaged :boat:

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:42 pm
by HYPERR
storysunfolding wrote:
HYPERR wrote:
storysunfolding wrote:beautiful motor hidden in an ugly bike. I'm going with uncool because I can't call the engine a fail.
Was a beautiful motor before they decided to dumb it down with a 270 crank... :?
WTF? How did I miss that?!?! :shooting: triumph

Previous statement retracted. Failboat engaged :boat:
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Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:17 pm
by jstark47
How the heck does a 270 crank equate to a fail?? :blink: Bonneville Americas, Speedmasters, and Scramblers have had 270 cranks for years. I don't hear you guys hating on those bikes...... ???

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:55 pm
by totalmotorcycle
LOL, I'm with jstak47. In the end it really just changes the sound pitch and offers only a little different power characteristics.

I would have voted a fail if it was a 45° crankshaft angle though. :lol: Ok, only joking there.

Mike

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:26 pm
by madjak30
Someone explain the difference between a 270 & a 90 deg crank...isn't it the same? a full rotation is still 360...so...

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:00 pm
by montanalifter
Nice bike, unique, parallel twin has good power and steps apart from the v-twin crowd. I live in a rural area and all open road interstate so usually the bigger the engine the better. I'd buy one. :D

Re: This week: 2013 Triumph Thunderbird: Vote Today

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:51 pm
by totalmotorcycle
I voted: Awesome

It's a great bike, but what really makes it awesome for me isn't about it's looks, it's the engine. Triumph really went out on a limb to create something unique, something different and in the end, something special. It wasn't just "the biggest V-Twin ever made" or "a V-Twin with more power" or "a V-Twin with more cubic inches this year", it was the fact it wasn't a V-Twin. And that to me make takes guts. It's like how Honda and Kawasaki made the inline-6 motorcycles of the late 70's and BMW is making them today. Either brand could have made a bog-standard inline-4 and Triumph could have done a V-Twin, but they didn't and in the end, they might have just made something really legendary.

Vive la Difference!

Mike