Thursday, July 24, 2008

First pics: 2009 Triumph Thunderbird 1600

The 2009 Triumph Thunderbird. For those who've always wanted a British-built Harley-Davidson cruiser, with a parallel-twin engine...

Triumph have released the first pics of their new cruiser, the Thunderbird 1600. The bike is fitted with Triumph’s 1594cc, liquid-cooled parallel twin that makes about 100bhp. And like the Harley-Davidson machines it’s supposed to take on, the Thunderbird gets belt final drive, which is supposed to not require any maintenance.

The Thunderbird 1600 rides on 18-inch (rear) and 19-inch (front) wheels, shod with 200/70 and 120/70 rubber. Suspension is a conventional fork and twin shock setup.

A British-built Harley-clone with a parallel twin engine? Er…, we’d much rather have a Speed Triple or a Daytona 675, really, but still…

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