Triumph's new Thunderbird LT

1699cc parallel-twin with retro-style

Posted: 5 November 2013
by Visordown News

TRIUMPH have revealed their Thunderbird LT, essentially a more touring, more retro, more chrome version of the Thunderbird Commander.

It features a screen, additional headlights, saddle bags and a pillion backrest. It shares the same engine as the Commander, a 1699cc eight-valve, DOHC engine with an uneven 270° firing interval and long-stroke design producing 93bhp at 5,400rpm and 111lbft of torque at 3550rpm.

Triumph claim the LT is running on the world's first white-walled radial tyres. Fifty-six spoke wheels help give the LT a classic look.

Triumph claim 'it's all about the vibe of a premium classic touring cruiser'. Hopefully there's not too much 'vibe' from the monster parallel-twin engine.

Available from authorised Triumph dealers in Spring 2014, the Thunderbird LT is available in Caspian Blue / Crystal White or Lava Red / Phantom Black.

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hideous nonsense

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 14:58

Nonsense bike, a big mistake for Triumph.

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 15:41

I'd prefer they punch out the America a little. This one is too heavy and too expensive for me. And the competition is horrendously appealing.

The world's first white wall, radial tires? I don't believe it.

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 15:46

a full faring hard bagger with a all the bells and whistle ..or I see riders moving on .. I will be one of them if it does not happen soon..

Ed Smith
finger lakes NY

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 22:29

Looks like every other over priced wannabee bike. ( We have 3 Triumphs and a Norton ).

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 23:00

Would be no good on the congested narrow UK roads but great out on the big open sunny highways of larger countries. That's what its made for.

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 12:07

yuck...sorry not my looks like it weighs about 800kg!

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 22:02

Stop wasting time and money designing crap.... We need a new Sprint ST, otherwise I'm going back to Honda....

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 23:21

Gentlemen, I ride long distances in the US on my 2013 Thunderbird. Its an excellent touring bike and very comfortable to boot! You may not be impressed from your view from Great Britain, But, When I was stationed there, most rides were of a short deration. In the USA a 600-700 mile ride in a single day is not uncommon. So a big, heavy cruiser works here. Why do you think Harley is the number 1 bike in the US?

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 00:26

Bob5 is right - the same goes for Triumphs Australian market. They have a world-wide business and have to cater for all markets. If I was crossing the USA, on some of their arrow-straight highways, I'd rather do it on this, with all my gear, than a Daytona 675! (and I'm in the UK, in case anyone is wondering?) ;-)

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 17:56

Having riden one for just over a year and 7k miles I would say:

1) it has bags of power , never mind what gear youare in

2) handles well although ground clearance is limited - but I find it OK

3) comfort is SUPERB

4) no problems at all

5) looks awsome _ always gets good comments wherever I stop

6) needs a LOT of cleaning to keep all the chrome looking good ( something to do when the weather is bad though!)

7) lights are excellent and lots of room for gear n stuff

PLEASE don't "diss" it unless you've lived with one!


Posted: 15/10/2015 at 20:33

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