The Thunderbird Swoops Down - The New Indian Express

The Thunderbird Swoops Down

Published: 25th January 2014 02:53 PM

Last Updated: 28th January 2014 10:36 AM

Now that Triumph has officially started its operations in India, there is a lot to look out for—especially the cult bikes which are popular the world over. The big cruiser Triumph Thunderbird Storm is now on sale in India taking on the likes of Harley-Davidson Fat Boy! Ammar Alvi has more.

You are greeted by twin headlights, massive 22-litre fuel tank and hobbed tail, signature trademarks of the Thunderbird Storm. The bike also comes with stealthy matte black finish, but the chrome on the dual exhausts, mirrors and forks did add the requisite flash value expected from a cruiser.

The bike is heavy weighing around 339kg which makes it not so easy to park and un-park. It really requires serious leg power and the large turning circle doesn’t help matters. The handle bar is high and cruiser-typical forward-set foot also make this a bike better suited to taller riders.

It is also a bike that requires much concentration to ride within city limits. Throttle response is a tad too sharp for typical stop-go traffic and the clutch is quite heavy too. Vibrations from the palm grips and foot pegs at low engine speeds don’t help matters either.

But, when you take this beast into open roads it turns out into a storm. Then there is the 1,699cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected parallel twin’s enormous 15.9kgm of torque, which is produced at a very accessible 2,950rpm. Emitting a purposeful growl, the Storm keeps moving ahead while you keep changing gears. What’s good is that it does so from very low down in the power band, so you need not shuffle through the positive-shifting six-speed gearbox as you keep alternating your pace with that of the highway traffic.

Gentle curves and quick lane changes also are easy and is no problem at all for the Storm, but in tighter bends you have to roll back on the throttle and plan your moves well in advance. Thanks to the ABS on the front and the rear discs stopping to zero is not a cumbersome task. Then there are the front and rear telescopic shock absorbers that help it to pass the bumps.

Overall the ride and quality is good and the bike does make heads turn. The big heavy cruiser is on sale at a price of Rs 13 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

It must be noted that the company has adopted both Completely Built Units (CBU) and Completely Knocked Down (CKD) routes to distribute its products in the country. In the Classic line-up, the company has introduced two models, namely Bonneville and Bonneville T100, which are priced at Rs 5.7 lakh and Rs 6.6 lakh, respectively. The CKD line-up includes models like Daytona 675 R,

Street Triple, Speed Triple and Thruxton, and all these six models will be assembled at Triumph’s Manesar facility. Triumph Thruxton, Street Triple, Speed Triple and Daytona 675R have been offered for Rs 6.75 lakh, Rs 7.5 lakh, Rs 10.4 lakh and Rs 11.4 lakh, respectively. The models which will be brought as CBUs are Rocket III Roadster, Tiger Explorer, Tiger 800 XC and Thunderbird Storm. These models are offered for a price of Rs 20 lakh, Rs 17.9 lakh, Rs 12 lakh and Rs 13 lakh, respectively (all prices are ex-showroom).

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