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2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm | Preview

2011 Thunderbird Storm

New for 2011 is a power cruiser for riders who expect a harder-edge from their Triumph ride: the Triumph Thunderbird Storm motorcycle.

Powered by a big-bore 1700cc version of the Triumph T-16 parallel twin engine, the new Thunderbird Storm has massive 107 mm pistons that pump out a claimed 97 hp, with a meaty 115 lb/ft of torque at just 2950 rpm.

The Thunderbird Storm utilities the same motorcycle chassis as the award-winning Triumph Thunderbird, a cruiser bike renowned for its poise and precision handling, 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 motorcycle models, and drag bars perfectly fit this street rod’s aggressive nature and are complemented by the deep metallic Phantom Black or dark Matt Black paint options, and the matching blacked out engine cases.

The low 700 mm 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 2011 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 310 mm floating discs up front are grabbed by powerful four-piston brakes for progressive stopping power, with optional ABS for increased motorcycle rider security.

Sporting Metezeler Marathon tires, developed especially for the Thunderbird motorcycle 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 motorcycle 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 motorcycle accessories are available for the Thunderbird Storm, giving owners the chance to personalize their bikes to meet their own needs and tastes.

2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm | Motorcycle Highlights

  • New model for 2011
  • Powerful 1700cc version of Triumph T-16 engine with 97 hp and 115 lb/ft 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

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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