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TRIUMPH Thunderbird Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 31
First production year: 1950
 

2015 - 2016

The 2016 MY Triumph Thunderbird Nightstorm Special Edition has a number of visual features that set it apart from the base Thunderbird Storm. On the tech/engine side, it sports the same 1699cc parallel twin as the Storm. The overall aspect of the bike was intended to be as dark and gloomy as possible. For a more unique look, Triumph have painted it with a custom paint scheme, with "ghost...




 

2014 - 2015

Taking the already powerful Thunderbird, and enlarging its bore to 107mm, the 2015 MY Thunderbird Storm now produces 98 horsepower and a whopping 156 Nm, in a more dark, stealthy package. The British engineers' main focus was the classic cruiser appearance, and they nailed it. For example, they hid modern pieces like the radiator between the frame downtubes and the twin exhaust headers, giv...




 

2014 - 2015

Sporting one of the biggest-displacement parallel-twin engines on a production motorcycle, the 2015 MY Triumph Thunderbird Commander boasts 94 horsepower and 146 Nm of torque, more than enough to climb any hill without the hassle of downshifting. Solid, chrome-embellished looks is what the Commander offers, centered around its big-bore engine. They are complimented by a wide and thick fork p...




 

2014 - 2015

The British have taken the base Thunderbird and added a number of features to make the 2015 MY Triumph Thunderbird LT more suited for long hauls, combining the best of both cruiser and touring worlds. The distinction between the base model and the LT is the addition of removable leather saddlebags, auxiliary lamps, and, a first for its class, white-walled tires mounted on wide, wire-spoked wh...




 

2014 - 2015

After its predecessor has been named "Cruiser of the Year" by the Cycle World magazine, the 2015 MY Triumph Thunderbird has some pretty big shoes to fill. Reliable and durable, as all Hinckley cruisers are, the machine boasts 86 horsepower and 146 Nm of torque from its parallel twin powerplant, packed in a long, low, fat-tyred, chromed-up package. With the distinctive, cruiser-style...




 

2013 - 2014

The 2014 MY Triumph Thunderbird carries on the cruiser heritage of its predecessors, after being voted "Cruiser of the Year" by the Cycle World magazine. The big-bore bike sports a gritty, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, 1597cc parallel twin. A low seat-height plus high-mounted handlebars offer a relaxed, laid back rider position, like any proper cruiser should have. And, when you add o...




 

2012 - 2013

A might derivative from the acclaimed Thunderbird, the 2012 Triumph Thunderbird Storm is all about mean roadster design. Retaining the basic design cues of the base model, the Thunderbird Storm brings in a more aggressive stance, menacing dual headlights in the vein of the Rocket III and Speed triple, more revving power and a more sober livery are setting this bike apart. And with the blacken...




 

2012 - 2013

When the legendary engineering quality meets the big-bore cruiser design, a bike like the 2012 Triumph Thunderbird is born. Compact and robust, yet offering plenty of room for both rider and pillion, the Thunderbird also boast clean shapes and premium ergonomics. The 1.6-liter class parallel twin may not exactly be the engine you expected in such a cruiser, but its performance specs live up ...




 

2011 - Present

Based on the Thunderbird chassis, the new for 2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm power cruiser borrows the iconic twin headlights from the Rocket III and Speed Triple models. The aggressive nature of this machine is given by the drag bars and blacked out engine cases.




 

2011 - Present

Representing Triumph’s first entry in the mainstream premium cruiser sector, the Thunderbird combines classic cruiser styling and ergonomics with performance engineering. The levels of control and precision are inspired from the ones used for the Daytona 675 and Speed Triple models. For 2011 the Thunderbird comes with a wide range of standard and limited run special colors. Standard options i...




 

2010 - 2011

If you thought the 2010 Thunderbird was a tough bike, prepare to meet its really tough cousin, the Thunderbird Storm. Building on the proven platform and taking the heritage one step further into the realm of really mean bikes, the Storm brings in a blacked out livery which is both great-looking and a tad menacing. A hooligan straight bar complements the dual reflector headlights for an even ...




 

2010 - 2011

The Thunderbird is the iconic Triumph cruiser, a bike which rides as good as it looks and which has gathered a huge number of followers who discovered the joy of parallel twin machinery. Classic down to the smallest of the styling details, yet loaded with a lot of modern tech, the 2010 Thunderbird brings in the cast wheels, dual front brakes and was voted Cruiser of the Year by Cycle World in bo...




 

2009 - 2010

Just like its very name says it, the 2009 Triumph Thunderbird Big Bore is a bored-out version of the basic cruiser. The engine got new pistons and liners, new camshafts and more powerful clutch springs to match the upgraded power and torque ratings. The bike also comes in an exclusive Phantom Haze Red livery and model-specific optional accessories to help this machine stand from the crowd eve...




 

2009 - 2010

The 2009 Thunderbird SE receives a lot f upgrades in the form of touring-worthy accessories which make life aboard this bike a lot more fun and more convenient. The basic Thunderbird now comes with detachable windscreen and passenger backrest with luggage rack, leather saddlebags, a more comfortable touring seat and floorboards for both passenger and rider. So if you're into long hauls a...




 

2009 - 2010

Evolving from a bike which has been first created more than 60 years ago, the 2009 Thunderbird delivers exceptional styling with modern-era cruising while retaining the attire which made this bike into a British icon. Flared exhausts, flowing tank lines blending into the seat, ample, commanding bars and the uncomprimising 1600cc parallel twin power plant, they are all trademarks of this amazing ...




 

2003 - 2004

The 2003 Triumph Thunderbird Sport is the classic sport bike, packing a brawny, all-British 3-cylinder engine into a retro-inspired looks frame with modern performance abilities. Don't let yourselves be fooled by the mellow, nostalgic attire of the 2003 Thunderbird Sport: it delivers 83 hp and is more than happy to leave other bikes in the dust. Great as an urban bike, the 2003 is more o...




 

2002 - 2003

Developed from the successful Thunderbird retro-triple, the 2002 Thunderbird Sport was created to meet the expectations of those who loved the former, but were in search of a more exhilarating, sporty experience. Drawing some cues from the X-75 Hurricane of the late 60's, the Thunderbird Sport brings back the meaner road stance, with former suspensions and a revised riding position. Push...




 

2002 - 2003

A classic-styled middleweight cruiser, the 2002 Thunderbird carries on the heritage of the British bikes and mixes it with modern-era technology for a result which should please roadster enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic. Present-day bike-making signs are cleverly integrated in a design which oozes the 60's and 70's road machines, with plenty of chrome, peashooter exhausts,...




 

2001 - 2002

The 2001 Thunderbird has roadster written all over it. If you fancy a bike with ageless looks and proudly showing off its unmistakeable British DNA, the Thunderbird might be just the right one. A low seat dwarfed by the bulbous fuel tank, pull-back bars and a massive, cool-looking 3-cylinder liquid-cooled mill, the 2001 Triumph Thunderbird is an instant hit. The classic Hinckley styling is ba...




 

2000 - 2001

The 2000 Legend TT packs a ton of Triumph character and brings a new meanings to the world elegance. This motorcycle combines the classic roadster styling with the modern performance and exceptional daily usability. Capable of providing loads of fun for fast weekend getaways, the bike comes with comfy ergonomics and a low seat making operation effortless. The Legend TT is also suitable for be...




 

2000 - 2001

The 2000 Adventurer is one of the intriguing and at the same time awesome Triumph classic-styled all-rounder. With an upright stance and high handlebars, the bike is comfortable and puts the rider in complete control in the urban traffic, as well as on rougher terrain. A robust 885cc 3-cylinder mill powers the Adventurer and provides plenty of nerve for all riding styles. Retro in looks but m...




 

2000 - 2001

The Thunderbird was the first classic triple-cylinder roadster, and the 2000 iteration carries on the heritage, with an exquisite blend of authentic retro styling and modern engine and frame design. Muscular and compact, offering an aggressive riding stance yet sporting comfort-focused ergonomics, the 2000 Thunderbird is great as an urban bike or as a weekend machine to ride far from the city. ...




 

1999 - 2000

The 1999 Thunderbird is the perfect expression of how long the 60's Triumphs have gone over the years. Retaining all the classic cues of the yesteryear bikes, the new Thunderbird brings in modern technologies for an overall more reliable experience. The heart of the bike is still the 885cc 3-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Triumph also offers a wide palette of aftermarket acc...




 

1999 - 2000

The 1999 Thunderbird Sport is a bike created for those who want to ride a classic British machine but loaded with some extra modern grunt and road performance. And since the Thunderbird was an exceptional platform, the Sport version only had to receive some changes . The wheels are both 17", and the suspensions have a longer travel. The engine got a revision and packs now more power and ...




 

1999 - 2001

A rather unique bike at the end of the millennium, the 1999 Triumph Adventurer blends in the 50's and 60's looks with the classic American cruiser design, but the result is a robust build with plenty of street character and able to serve as a most indulging daily commuter and all-rounder. With a low seat making this bike great for shorter riders, too, the 1999 Adventurer has excelle...




 

1999 - 2000

With the design cues obviously following in the tradition of the earlier Thunderbird bikes, the 1999 Legend TT is a classic, no-frills Triumph roadster. Created for those in search of the street worthiness of modern bikes combined with the retro attire of older sportsters, the Legend TT also brings in exceptional low speed maneuverability thanks to its low seat and ample handlebars. And with ...




 

1998 - 1999

The model Triumph designed to re-enter the American market after their rebirth has just received an upgrade. And what an upgrade indeed. The 1999 MY Thunderbird Sport received different wheels, from 18/16 to 17/17, a second disc to the front brakes, fully adjustable front and rear suspension plus a boost to the engine's power output, from 62 to 82 horsepower, making this the most powerful c...




 

1995 - 1996

The 1996 MY Triumph Thunderbird 900 is a cruiser built in the classic Thunderbird style, with many of its visual features being adopted from the 50's and 60's British-built cruisers. Also, the name has been taken from one of the producer's most popular series in the US. It sports an 885cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled transverse three cylinder engine capable of producing 70 horse...




 

1995 - 2003

The 1995 Triumph Thunderbird 900 is a British motorcycle that was manufactured between 1995 and 2004. Launched in 1995, the Triumph Thunderbird 900 was styled to create the impression of an air-cooled triple combustion chamber although the radiator up front shows it is clearly a liquid-cooled machine.




 

1954 - 1962

Triumph Speed ​​Twin's 1954 debut was supposed to be the T6, but Triumph called the new Thunderbird tourer five years later. Triumph Thunderbird's glorious moment was in the year 953 when Marlon Brando was led by The Wild One and contributed to solidifying the image of the bike in America. The engine on the T6 is a stronger version of the Edward Turner, the 500cc ve...




 

1950 - 1953

The 1950 Triumph Thunderbird was not only the first Thunderbird, it was the first Triumph 650 it began a long legacy that lasted until the demise of Triumph Motorcycles in 1983. Another interesting feature was the crankshaft shock absorber. Introduced with the 1950 T-Bird, it remained in service until the conversion to alternator electrics in 1953, which was now mounted in its place on the left...