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2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT
2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT

2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT
2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT

2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT
2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT

2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT
2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT

2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT
2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT



2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT Review

2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

To the onlooker, Triumph Cruiser bikes could be mistaken for being just about pure classic cruiser style…

But one ride tells you that they are about surprising levels of agility and performance in a bike that can deliver an engaging ride every day. They just happen to do it with that pure classic cruiser style.

Its distinctive, charismatic parallel twin engine and class-leading chassis can turn every journey into the trip of a lifetime. The new 2014 Thunderbird LT will transport you with effortless power and style to new adventures with the easy-going, laid-back vibe of a premium classic touring cruiser.


 


2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Designed to make every trip the ride of a lifetime, the Thunderbird LT transports you with effortless power and supreme comfort to new adventures with the easy-going, laid-back characteristics of a premium classic touring cruiser.

Advanced ergonomic refinement, including dual-layer foam seat with lumbar support
Wide wire-spoked wheels with the World’s first white walled radial tyres
Shrouded forks, quick-detach windshield, detachable leather saddlebags and deep, custom-style mudguards
Flexible 1699cc , the World’s largest parallel twin motorcycle engine, delivers 94PS at 5400rpm and 151Nm of torque at 3550rpm

The Thunderbird LT is available in

Caspian Blue & Crystal White
Lava Red & Phantom Black



 

 

2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Styling
Chassis

You get a pair of removable leather saddle bags, auxiliary spot lamps and the World’s first white-walled radial tyres riding on wide, wire-spoked rims on the new LT. The ergonomics feature a completely redesigned, reshaped seat, with deeper foam padding and lumbar support for maximum comfort, while maintaining a low seat height to accommodate all sizes of rider.
Engine

Striking machined fins pick out the distinctive parallel twin shape, while chrome engine covers are offset against jet-black barrels and crankcases. A pair of wide, dramatically splayed exhaust pipes dominate the LT’s front three-quarter profile with their classic ‘header-run’ following a straight line from the throttle bodies through to the headers. Our parallel twin heritage for all to see and admire.

 

Engine
Overview

The motive force at the heart of the new Thunderbird LT is the World’s largest parallel twin motorcycle engine, as found in the existing Thunderbird Storm and based on the original Thunderbird.
Configuration

Whether crossing continents or on a Sunday morning run, the LT’s awesome engine potential is harnessed by a progressive throttle, highly accurate fuel mapping, cutting-edge sequential fuel injectors, a positive six-speed gearbox. The result, from the top end of first gear to the bottom end of top gear, is an unrivalled ride in this class.
Performance

At 1699cc, the LT’s eight-valve DOHC motor produces 94PS at 5400rpm and a whopping 151Nm of torque at a lowly 3550rpm. The enormous thrust from its pair of saucer-sized forged pistons and uneven, long-stroke 270° firing interval create a classic big-twin feel, perfect for propelling the you over long distances with a natural, easy-going groove.
Belt Drive

The Thunderbird LT has a belt drive for low maintenance and long life.
Sound

To match the quality of its ride, the LT’s tapered tri-oval exhaust cans aren’t just built to look good, they’re especially tuned to give a rewarding, rich sound.

 

Chassis
Riding Position

No matter what you’ve ridden before, you’ll feel instantly at ease with the LT, able to relax and enjoy the ride for many thousands of miles to come.
Suspension

Shrouded 47mm Showa forks and twin 5-way preload adjustable Showa rear shocks provide excellent feedback with supple control to ensure a quality ride over the harshest surfaces.
Brakes

ABS-enabled four-pot Nissin callipers on 310mm floating discs up front and a single Brembo calliper and 310mm disc at the rear give sensitive, yet powerful, braking under all conditions.
Handling

The Thunderbird LT remains true to our core value of outstanding handling in all situations. As the result of careful development work on its steering geometry, the LT is no exception and delivers light, neutral steering, low speed agility, yet maintains stability at all speeds and in all types of conditions. Combined with a great degree of manageability, it’s an easy bike to ride for any rider.
Wheels and Tyres

Our engineers turned to British tyre manufacturer Avon with whom we jointly developed the World’s first and only white-wall radial for the dramatic look of fat-section 150/80 16-inch front and 180/70 16-inch rear tyres on wire 56-spoked rims.
Frame

A dynamic engine with dynamic styling demands an equally dynamic chassis; one which reflects our belief that every bike, whatever its style, should be agile yet stable, have predictable, neutral steering and superior suspension and brakes. The Thunderbird LT is no exception to that rule.
Footboards

The high quality rider and pillion foot-boards are made from chrome-plated, high-pressure die-cast aluminium, featuring replaceable skid plates and an adjustable heel/toe gear lever for the rider.
ABS

Triumph’s anti-lock brake system comes as standard. and the ABS-assisted brakes ensure stopping is quick and efficient.
Seat

Rider and pillion seat foam is a double-layer, dual-density material, soft and receptive on first feel but compressing to give a firmer, supportive yet pliant ride. The rider’s seat has also been especially shaped with wide, flared sides and a lumbar support to provide maximum comfort even at the end of a long day’s ride. The cover material contains a degree of elasticity so that it ‘gives’ as the seat compresses, maintaining the ideal shape and reducing uncomfortable pressure points.
Tank

A massive 22 litres fuel tank with off-centre filler cap.
Instruments

Tank-mounted dash console including classic analogue-style speedometer, a fuel gauge and an LCD with range-to-empty, twin trips, odometer and clock functions, conveniently scrollable via a handlebar-mounted button.

 



 

2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD



 


 

2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $18599 CDN

Engine and Transmission

typeLiquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
capacity1699cc
bore107.1mm
stroke94.3mm
systemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle
exhaustChromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2, tandem large-volume catalysts in centralized catbox, chrome-plated exhaust
final driveToothed Belt
clutchWet, multi-plate
gearbox6-speed, helical type 2nd – 6th
oil capacity1.1US Gallon

Chassis Running Gear and Displays

frameTubular Steel, twin spine
swingarmTwin-sided, steel
Front WheelsCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 16 x 3.5 in
Rear WheelsCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke 16 x 3.5 in
Front Tires150/80 R16
Rear Tires180/70 R16
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, ABS
brakes rearSingle 310mm disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
instrument display and functionsAnalogue speedometer and fuel gauge. LCD trip computer, range to empty and clock. LCD function scroll button on handlebars.

Dimensions and Capacities

length2340mm
width handlebars880
height without mirror1120mm
seat height700mm
wheelbase1615mm
rake32º
trail151mm
tank capacity5.8us gallon
pannier capacity26l
wet weight339 kilo
dry weight349 kg

Performance

max power ec94BHP @ 5400
max torque ec146NM @ 2750

Fuel Consumption

urban38us mpg
56mph/90kph56us mpg

 

 

 


 

2015 Triumph Thunderbird LT – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £14299 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine and Transmission

typeLiquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
capacity1699cc
bore107.1mm
stroke94.3mm
systemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle
exhaustChromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 2 headers, tandem forward mounted large-volume catalysts, chrome-plated silencers
final driveToothed Belt
clutchWet, multi-plate
gearbox6-speed, helical type 2nd – 6th
oil capacity4.2L

Chassis, Running Gear and Displays

frameTubular Steel, twin spine
swingarmTwin-sided, steel
Front WheelsWire, 56 spoke, 16 x 3.5 inch
Rear WheelsWire, 56 spoke, 16 x 5.5 inch
Front Tyres150/80 VR16 Whitewall
Rear Tyres180/70 VR16 Whitewall
Front SuspensionShowa 47mm forks. 120mm travel
Rear SuspensionShowa twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload. 108.5mm rear wheel travel
brakes frontTwin 310mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers, ABS
brakes rearSingle 310mm fixed disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
instrument display and functionsAnalogue speedometer and fuel gauge. LCD trip computer, range to empty and clock. LCD function scroll button on handlebars.

Dimensions and Capacities

length2546mm
width handlebars956
height without mirror1225mm
seat height700mm
wheelbase1665mm
rake29.9º
trail133mm
tank capacity22l
pannier capacity26l
wet weight380 kg
dry weight349 kg

Performance

max power ec94BHP @ 5408
max torque ec151NM @ 3550

 

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