TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD 1700 STORM (2011 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, parallel twin, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel twin spine|
|Fuel capacity||22 litres|
|Front suspension||47mm telescopic forks, no adjust|
|Rear suspension||Twin shocks, preload adjust|
|Front brake||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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||43 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
|Used price||£9,000 - £10,500|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||97 bhp|
|Max torque||115 ft-lb|
|Top speed||120 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||205 miles|
Model history & versions
2011: Model introduced
Triumph Thunderbird 1600 – standard version of Thunderbird
Triumph Thunderbird Commander - 1700cc, footboards, Showa suspension
Triumph Thunderbird LT - 1700cc Touring version with footboards, windscreen, white wall tyres, panniers and backrest.
Triumph Thunderbird Nightstorm - 1700cc all black version
Other Triumph Thunderbird reviews on MCN
Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD 1700 (2011 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD 1700 (2011 - 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Absolutely love this bike.
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