TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD 1700 STORM (2011 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 97 bhp
Seat height: Low (27.6 in / 700 mm)
Weight: High (747 lbs / 339 kg)

Prices

New £13,100
Used £7,500 - £10,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Equipment

4 out of 5 (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.

Specs

Engine size 1699cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, parallel twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel twin spine
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Seat height 700mm
Bike weight 339kg
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 -
New price £13,100
Used price £7,500 - £10,000
Insurance group 14 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

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

Model history

2011: Model introduced

Other versions

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.

Review your TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD 1700 (2011 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
5 out of 5 Tbird
31 August 2013 by Scottie1984

Absolutely love this bike.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 cheapest shopping online
12 April 2011 by gegedeai

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Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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