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Click above for a few more shots of the 2010 Triumph Thunderbird

We've seen plenty of spy photos circulating the web of Triumph's long-expected parallel twin cruiser, so the introduction of the new 2010 Thunderbird is anything but shocking. We are a bit surprised, though, by how plain-looking the bike is, appearing very much like a modern Bonneville injected with steroids performance enhancing drugs. With its blacked-out liquid cooled parallel engine, the bike bares a passing resemblance to Kawasaki's rather ancient Vulcan 500 model... not good. In any case, we are counting on competitive performance from the rather large 1600cc engine, which should offer somewhat more than a hundred horses. Considering just how massive the shove one gets from Triumph's Rocket III cruiser, we have high hopes for this new cruiser mill.

Rumors indicate that more variations on this basic Thunderbird theme will come out of the woodwork in due time, including the now-expected touring model. All models will likely share the same basic frame, engine and six speed gearbox. ABS is said to be optional. We look forward to seeing more shots of the new Thunderbird, hopefully ones that show the bike in a bit better light.

[Source: Triumph]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      1910 more like
        • 6 Years Ago
        You don't get it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "bike bares a passing resemblance to Kawasaki's rather ancient Vulcan 500 model"

      Yes untill you get close to it and notice the lack of plastic and the high attention to detail.

      A 300 may resemble a Bentley but no one would confuse the two.

      The Vulcan in a fine entry level bike but Triumph is an aspiratioanal brand does not matter if they look similar.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Like riding, like Triumphs. Nice, clean lines, however remains a bit safe and boring at the same time.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Where is the renovated full-size Daytona?

      T595 and 955i Daytonas were good bikes, especially the styling on the T595-style examples.

      Why did the big Daytona not receive the 1050i Updates that the Sprint ST and Speed Triple did?

      Why has no new model come forward?

      BTW, good job on the Speed triple, Street triple, and Daytona 675. Even the thruxton looks pretty cool.

      The Rocket 3 was interesting, but this Thunderbird looks more than a bit generic.

      The Tornado Red T595 Daytona was the single bike that made me fall in love with motorcycles. Unfortunately it is the one that has fallen by the wayside. I could even understand if it were upgraded to 1200ccs, or whatever, but it seems to be nowhere.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Where's the 675cc Tiger Cub for that matter?

        I have been hearing about a smaller Tiger for as long as this new "big twin" Thunderbird.
      • 6 Years Ago

      The Bonneville was a terrific bike when it ran, which wasn't often. Here's hoping the Thunderbird is reliable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is Autoblog, not Bikerblog. If I cared about bikes I'd find another site for 2-wheeled news. Harleys sound worse than R!ce Rockets with Folgers coffee can mufflers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I commented because I see motorcycle posts every 2-3 days on this site lately. I usually skip them. This Triumph is of the same genre as a Harley and sounds somewhat similar, albeit slightly quieter and less obnoxious.
        • 6 Years Ago
        1st - This is not a Harley
        2nd - Why did click on a Posting you had no interest in and then comment on it?
      • 6 Years Ago

      Reminds me a tad too much of a Honda VTX, right down to the painted covers below the seats.

      No, wait, scratch that. It looks like a *wannabe* VTX, but will likely cost $3-$4K ABOVE the price of the Honda. Half the looks at a higher price. Meh, if this is the best Triumph can do with a cruiser, they need to drop the idea altogether.

      Their sport bikes look awesome and are instantly recognizable from any other in the world. Why would they change that by making a generically-styled cruiser?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I invite you to take another look at the VTX:

        Trust me, I spent about 8 hours staring at one while I was waiting for the bike dealership to assemble my 2008 Versys. I did not casually make that remark, I see a STRONG resemblence between the VTX 1300 and the Thunderbird, save the parallel configuration.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually the Rocket III is the best they can do with a cruiser, this is their middle weight.

        Besides being cruiser motorcycles, they do not look much alike. The VTX (which is a great bike) hides the frame and swallows its tires, the engine lay-out is completely different, shaft driven as opposed to chain... At a glance? sure they look similar, but most cruisers are hard differentiate at a glance.
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