TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD 1700 COMMANDER (2014-on) Review

Published: 20 March 2014

Essentially a naked version of the Thunderbird LT, the Commander is a hoot to ride

TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD 1700 COMMANDER (2014-on)

Essentially a naked version of the Thunderbird LT, the Commander is a hoot to ride

  • At a glance
  • 1299cc  -  93 bhp
  • 55 mpg  -  200 miles range
  • Low seat height (700mm)
  • £12,999

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Commander is aimed more at European riders while the LT is for the American market. Essentially a naked version of the Thunderbird LT, the Commander is a hoot to ride. Thumping along, booting the heel-toe between third or fourth, merely stroking the reassuring brakes, it doesn’t get much better. The lack of screen, panniers etc make the Commander lighter and although it’s no sportsbike, it handles predictably and is also engaging and entertaining.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Commander shares most of the LT platform but with mag alloy wheels, a tweaked bar position and shorter travel shocks. That said, the riding experience is more different to the LT than you would expect. The lack of screen gives a less laid-back feel and a touch more urgency to the ride. On the go it is as steady and secure as can be and will happily scrape is footboards when the pace increases.

Engine 4 out of 5

The parallel twin engine holds no surprises or quirks. It thumps along and sounds, feels and rides like a roadster should and even comes with a heel-toe gearchange. With 111lbft of torque, it has more than enough grunt to see off the miles and once the speed increases is a hoot to ride. The gearchange is click, the throttle response excellent and the engine has enough vibrations to feel characterful without being annoying.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Owners report few issues with the Storm, so there is unlikely to be any with the Commander.wners report few issues with the Storm, so there is unlikely to be any with the Thunderbird.

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

The £12,999 price is quite high for a roadster, but still cheaper than the equivalent Harley.

Insurance group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

ABS comes as standard.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD 1700 COMMANDER (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Commander

21 May 2014 by Justinelliott

Just picked up the new commander, it has classic looks and sound and handles perfectly as a triumph should. I've owned a few bikes and the build quality on this is second to none a real premium cruiser in my opinion. I think the price was good and... Read more worth every cent.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £12,999
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 93 bhp
Max torque 111 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Specification
Engine size 1299cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Seat height 700mm
Bike weight 348kg
Front suspension Showa 47mm inverted forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Twin Showa rear shocks, 5-way adjustable preload
Front brake 2x310mm discs. four-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x310mm disc, two-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 140/75ZR17
Rear tyre size 200/50ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

The £13,999 LT is a full-dress cruiser.

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