Martyn Coote / Triumph
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.
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