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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

It would be easy to be cynical about Triumph’s new Thunderbird Storm. Its route of taking an existing cruiser model and spinning off a pared down, mean and moody, all-black, ‘hot rod’-styled variant is, after all, a well-trodden one. Riding it, however, reveals the new Storm to be pleasingly more than just AN Other fashion victim. Aside from predictable black paint and metal finishes, Triumph has gone the extra yard by giving it a completely different headlamp arrangement, more performance and a host of neat detail touches.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Triumph Thunderbird Storm’s added performance, courtesy of using the Thunderbird’s optional 1700cc big bore kit which delivers 12 more bhp and a healthy wodge of added grunt means the Storm has the extra go to match its hot rod image, something that can’t be said of the Nightsters and Black Spirits of this world.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Like the stock version, the Triumph Thunderbird Storm’s a cut above the class convention. The suspension, like most Triumphs, is well set-up; the brakes excellent, the whole plot taut enough to pleasingly swing through a series of country bends. It’s no sports bike, of course, the slow steering and sheer bulk means corners have to be planned and steady, but it’s more fun than most cruisers when you want to hustle.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

It’s the Triumph Thunderbird Storm’s twin beam headlamp which visually instantly distances it from the stock Thunderbird. In addition the Storm boasts more aggressive, flat bars and extended risers as well as chic clear glass indicators. Being ‘minimal’ it’s not exactly lavish, but it’s got all the right bits in all the right places.

Triumph Thunderbird Storm (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £12,499
Dealer used prices
£9,240 (2011) - £12,780 (2014)
Private used prices
£8,320 (2011) - £11,500 (2014)
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Engine size 1699 cc
Power 97 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

All Triumph and slick, crisp and well-built these days and there have been no reported reliability issues with the Thunderbird so it’s fairly safe to assume the same will be true of the Thunderbird Storm.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Priced between the Thunderbird and Rocket III Roadster represents fair, if not startling value. There’s no extra goodies, per se, over the T-Bird – although the 1700cc big bore performance boost is welcome – but there’s plenty of extra style and it’s a great middleground between the two machines.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2011: Model introduced

Other Versions

Triumph Thunderbird 1600 – standard version of Thunderbird

Specifications

Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 97 bhp
Max torque 115 ft-lb
Weight 339 kg
Seat height 700 mm
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1699 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, parallel twin, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel twin spine
Front suspension adjustment 47mm telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Twin shocks, preload adjust
Front brakes 2 x 310mm discs, four-piston calipers
Rear brake 310mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 19
Rear tyre size 200/50 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(2 reviews)

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    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Absolutely love this bike.

    31 August 2013

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Just wish it looked more British - and why does it cost £3500 less to buy in the USA

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