The UK based motorcycle monster, Triumph has launched its third cruiser, the Thunderbird LT (Light Touring), in India at Rs. 15.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Thunderbird Storm and the Rocket III Roadster are the other two machines already parked in the country side.
While launching the Thunderbird LT, Triumph Motorcycles Managing Director, Vimal Sumbly said that the firm would focus much on the Indian market with a long term view. Because, the new government policies are giving better opportunities to the motorcycle manufacturers. And this year, Triumph is targeting 15% market share over 500 cc segment.
The Thunderbird LT is powered by a massive 1699cc, Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval engine generating a glorious power of 94 BHP @ 5408 rpm and a supreme torque of 151 NM @ 3550 rpm. The cruiser is belted with a 6-speed gear transmission.
It’s build on a Tubular Steel, twin spine frame. Having Showa 47mm front forks and Showa twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload rear suspension, Triumph pushes out the best in class ride experience. Meanwhile, twin floating discs on the front and a single fixed disc on the back play as the good stoppies even at high speeds.
The rear gets a fatter Wire, 56 spoke, 16 x 5.5 inch wheels rather than the slimmer Wire, 56 spoke, 16 x 3.5 inch on the front. All these ensure more stability and thus the maximum confidence to the rider.
Instrument display is the next thing to be checked out. Comprised of analogue speedometer, fuel gauge, trip meter, range to empty indicator, and clock; the digital meter console being a much informative stuff.
Analyzing the design of the Thunderbird LT, the bike cruises with a triple head lamp loaded with windshield, large fuel tank, swept back handlebar, wire-spoke wheels, white wall tyres, leather seats, removable leather saddlebags, and an adjustable chrome heel gear lever.
It’s certainly the best of Triumph for those who believe cruising is all about life, because the Thunderbird LT is packed with more cushion, longer stroke suspension, and higher rate rear springs.
The Thunderbird has a fuel tank capacity of 22-litres and weighs 339 kg. It returns back 16 kpl mileage, and is available in 3 shades – Caspian Blue Crystal White, Lava Red Phantom Black, and Jet Black. It will rival Harley-Davidson Fatboy in India.
Having already opened eight sales and service outlets in India, Triumph is planning to open two more stores by November, in Chandigarh and Kolkata.
Engine – 1699cc, Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
Fuel system – Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection, progressive linkage on throttle
Exhaust – Chromed twin-skin stainless steel 2 into 1 into 2 exhaust system with chrome plated silencers
Final drive – Toothed Belt
Clutch – Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox – 6-speed, helical type 2nd – 6th
Oil capacity – 4.2 L
Frame – Tubular Steel, twin spine
Swingarm – Twin-sided, steel
Front Wheels – Wire, 56 spoke, 16 x 3.5 inch
Rear Wheels – Wire, 56 spoke, 16 x 5.5 inch
Front Tyres – 150/80 VR16 Whitewall
Rear Tyres – 180/70 VR16 Whitewall
Front Suspension – Showa 47 mm forks. 120mm travel
Rear Suspension – Showa twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload. 108.5 mm rear wheel travel
Brakes front – Twin 310 mm floating discs. Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers, ABS
Brakes rear – Single 310 mm fixed disc. Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Length – 2546 mm
Width (handlebars) – 956 mm
Height (without mirror) – 1225 mm
Seat height – 700 mm
Wheelbase – 1665 mm
Tank capacity – 22 l
Dry weight – 349 kg
Max power – 94 PS @ 5408 rpm
Max torque – 151 NM @ 3550 rpm