Bikes: Thunderbirds… ARE GO!

Martyn Coote / Triumph

The simply stunning looking new Triumph Thunderbird 1650 LT
The simply stunning looking new Triumph Thunderbird 1700 LT

Triumph’s brand new cruiser, the 2014 Thunderbird LT, will land in dealerships across the UK from tomorrow. Sleek, stylish and sophisticated, the state-of-the-art touring model has been developed specifically for the classic cruiser market, pairing world-class engineering with exceptional handling and jaw-dropping good looks.

Boasting the world’s largest parallel twin motorcycle engine, the LT makes long-distance touring comfortable and effortless. At 1699cc, the eight-valve DOHC motor produces 94PS at 5400rpm and a huge 151Nm of torque at just 3550rpm, creating a classic big-twin feel, with a natural, easy-going stride.

Despite its size, the LT delivers light, neutral steering, while incomparable style and exceptional detail raises the cruising bar. Generous chrome highlights adorn the windshield and yokes, while a single front headlight and auxiliary spot lamps tip their cap to iconic art deco design. The look is finished with wire-spoked wheels, a one-off tank badge, white piping around the seat and pristine hand-painted tank decoration.

The ergonomics feature a truly luxurious seat, with a clever dual density construction and lumbar support for exceptional comfort, while maintaining a low seat height to accommodate all sizes of rider.  An eye-catching pair of removable leather saddlebags and the world’s first white-walled radial tyres also come as standard.

The high quality rider and pillion foot-boards are made from chrome-plated, high-pressure die-cast aluminium, featuring replaceable skid plates and an adjustable heel/toe gear lever for the rider. Handlebars are slightly raised, sweeping back across the tank for a classic custom cruiser feel, which delivers the bar grips at a sensible, comfortable angle. Wiring is routed through the bars to give the rider’s eye-view a clean, unfussy look.

The LT’s dramatic 16-inch front and rear tyres boast wire 56-spoked rims, shrouded 47mm Showa forks and twin 5-way preload adjustable Showa rear shocks, providing excellent control to ensure a quality ride over the harshest of surfaces. ABS-enabled Nissin calipers up front and a single Brembo caliper at the rear give powerful, yet sensitive, braking.

Further features of the LT are a coded key immobiliser, self-cancelling indicators, a massive 22 litre fuel tank with off-centre filler cap, and a well-appointed, tank-mounted dash console including classic analogue-style speedometer.

For further information visit Truimph Motorcycles

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