2011 Triumph MotorcycleThe Triumph Thunderbird gets an update in 2011, thanks to the Storm’s larger capacity motor that puts out an additional 12 horsepower and 7 ft/lbs of torque over the standard model.
Bars with a straighter bend give the Thunderbird Storm a tougher attitude, along with new Speed Triple- inspired twin headlights and lots of black where there used to be chrome.Two “color” choices greet you: Jet Black and Matte Black. Showa does the suspension, Nissin calipers grab the twin 310mm floating front discs and a Brembo caliper grips the 310mm rear disc.2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm 1700 Quick Stats
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC inline-twin
BORE x STROKE: 103.8 x 94.3mm
WHEELBASE: 63.5 inches
RAKE: 32 degrees
SEAT HEIGHT: 27.5 inches
WET WEIGHT: 746 pounds
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