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– 2003 Triumph Thunderbird Sport
With the enduring popularity of the original Thunderbird showing no signs of slowing down, it’s no surprise that riders looking for a more sports-focused retro-triple have been rewarded with the re-introduction of the Thunderbird Sports. If ever a bike was ‘back by popular demand’ – this is it.
Originally inspired by the famous X-75 Hurricane version of Triumph’s first three-cylinder model in the late sixties, the Thunderbird Sport marries the classic flat-track look with a more road-oriented focus designed to allow sports riders to get the best from the T’Bird’s undoubted abilities.
The monoshock chassis boasts sports suspension, fully adjustable for preload and both compression and rebound damping front and rear. This comprehensive suspension package, finely adjustable to the specific riding requirements of each owner, is only part of the transformation of the Thunderbird from long-legged roadster to snarling sportster.
The engine too, has been honed, to produce more power and torque across the rev range, squeezing even more usable power from an engine that was never short of urge to begin with. And with a throaty bark from the twin reverse-cone megaphone silencers, you can tell this machine means business.
The riding position has been altered to allow the rider to shift more weight over the front of the machine. The flat handlebars and re-positioned footrests offer a more sportier set-up but it still remains comfortable enough for the T’Bird Sport to offer all-important everyday usability. Braking performance has been enhanced too with twin discs up front matched to a single rear.
In taking the Thunderbird Sport into the realms of the more sporting rider, Triumph has been careful not to compromise the adaptability of this resoundingly versatile machine. The Thunderbird Sport treads the fine line between a harder-edged sports machine and a ride that thrills but never tires.
Tangerine Orange with Jet Black infill
Silencers (for off-road use only)
Alarm/Immobiliser (Thatcham Category MC1 compliant)
Colour Co-ordinated Fly Screen
Colour Co-ordinated Seat Cowl and Single Seat
High Pillion Seat
Tubular Grab Rail
Sissy Bar and Luggage Rack
Chrome Sissy Bar
Chrome Luggage Rack
Chrome Master Cylinder Cover
Chrome Radiator End Caps
Chrome Radiator Guard
Chrome Outrigger Finishers
Chrome Chain Guard
Chrome Water Pump Pipe
Chrome Side Panels
Various Tank Badges
Front Mudguard Extension
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Bore/Stroke 76 x 65mm
Compression Ratio 10:1
Fuel System 3 x 36mm flat slide CV carburettors
Ignition Digital – inductive type
Primary Drive Gear
Final Drive X ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Frame Micro alloyed high tensile steel spine
Swingarm Twin-sided, aluminium alloy
Wheels Front 36-spoke, 17 x 3.5in
Rear 40-spoke, 17 x 4.25in
Tyres Front 110/70 R 17
Rear 160/70 R 17
Suspension Front 43mm forks with triple rate springs and adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping
Rear Monoshock with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping
Brakes Front Twin 310mm discs, 2 piston calipers
Rear Single 285mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Length 2320mm (91.3in)
Width (Handlebars) 700mm (27.6in)
Height 1105mm (43.5in)
Seat Height 790mm (31.1in)
Wheelbase 1580mm (62.2in)
Dry Weight 224kg (494lb)
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres (3.9 gal US)
(Measured at crankshaft to DIN 70020)
Maximum Power 83PS (82bhp) at 8,500rpm
Maximum Torque 76Nm (56ft.lbf) at 6,500rpm
Warranty 2 years, unlimited mileage
Service Intervals 6000 miles or one year, whichever comes first