Thunderbird's motorcycle from 1949 was a project by Edward Turner, then chief executive and leader of Triumph. He was looking for a powerful road burner to build the US market. already healthy, but also redhead when the families returned to & # 39; normal & # 39; in the aftermath of World War II. It was in the United States that he found the inspiration to build 649c.c. twin. It was comfortable and well-built and Americans bought many of them, until 1966 when the model ceased.
It was revived in 1981, but it had little in common with the first model except for & # 39; paper type & # 39; Thunderbird logo. Thunderbird TR65 was a & # 39; economy & # 39; motorcycle that was actually a short version of the larger T-140 Bonneville. Only three model years later, partly due to lack of sales, production was halted and Triumph himself suffered financial problems.
After John Bloor managed to get a new factory that ran in Hinckley to produce Triumphs in 1990, Thunderbird was revived in 1994 as the Thunderbird 900. Barely three years later – 1997 – Triumph released Thunderbird Sport 900 . It was an upgraded machine based on the same 885c.c. triple that runs the standard Thunderbird. However, the engine was set to produce 82hp and 56ft / lb of torque – versus 69hp and 52ft / lb on the standard model.
Much of the classic look of the original Thunderbird 900 was retained, but the sport had some significant physical differences. A lot of chrome had been replaced with satin black; the fine seams and buttons on the seat were removed. The airbox got an oyster grass mower & # 39; lids that hooked back to the old exposed air purifiers mounted on historic motorcycles. The Thunderbird Sport 900 had an upright, fully adjustable suspension to handle extra power. and the higher components already improved excellent handling. For braking, Thunderbird Sport had an extra disc at the top which made worrying about the brake control. Smaller, 17 inch diameter, but wide wheels were mounted – 3.5 inches wide front and 4.25 inches wide rear 2.5 and 3.5 inches front and rear, respectively, on standard Thunderbird – for a bigger and sportier tire selection, to Don't talk about a racial position. The exhaust gas was also changed for better ground clearance by means of a set of busy back-cone silencers on the right side of the machine.
Thunderbird Sport managed to please its new owners. As a sports tourist, it was a very successful motorcycle model. Unfortunately, the production ended in 2004 and it was the latest model of Thunderbird offered for sale by Triumph for many years. After the production stopped, we had to wait until 2009 to know if Thunderbird would return. It did. And now we have the 2010 Thunderbird 1600!