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Triumph Thunderbird LT

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,699 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight380 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 17,35,626

Triumph Thunderbird LT is now discontinued in India.

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Triumph Thunderbird LT Summary

Thunderbird LT key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,699 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 380 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 22 litres
Seat Height 700 mm
Max Power 93 bhp

About Thunderbird LT

The Triumph Thunderbird LT is a premium version of the Thunderbird Storm and comes loaded with a long list of creature comforts for a better touring experience. It is the third cruiser in Triumph’s Indian line-up and slots in between the Thunderbird Storm and the massive Rocket III.

The Thunderbird LT gets acres of chrome with blacked out look, leather saddle bags, whitewalled radial tires, a three-piece headlamp, a chromed two into one into two exhaust system, wire-spoked wheels and a tall windshield, all of which give it massive street presence. The low seat height of 700mm ensures that the Thunderbird can accommodate riders of all sizes and the snug seats and passenger backrest and floorboard make the Thunderbird LT a very comfortable cruiser. It also gets a massive 21.9-litre fuel tank, to ensure a longer range.

The Thunderbird LT is built around a tubular steel, twin spine frame. It powered by the world’s largest production parallel twin engine, which is shared with its sibling, the Thunderbird Storm. The fuel-injected 1699cc engine churns out 94bhpbhp and 151Nm of torque and comes mated to a six-speed gearbox.

Standard kit on the Thunderbird LT includes an ABS system, electronic self-cancelling indicators and a tank mounted instrument cluster which integrates a speedometer, an on-board computer and a rev counter. The Thunderbird LT is available in two paint schemes- caspian blue/crystal white and lava red/phantom black. It competes with other premium cruisers like the Suzuki M1800R, Harley-Davidson Fat Boy as well as the Indian Scout.
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Triumph Thunderbird LT Review

Big, bulky, heavy – three aspects that are usually related to cruisers and it’s no different with the Triumph Thunderbird LT. LT stands for ‘Light Touring’ and that’s the only ‘light’ attribute about this cruiser. Launched to take on the Harley Davidsons, especially in the American market, the Thunderbird LT focuses on the same aspects like other cruisers – comfort and long distance riding. It was launched at a time when the Indian market had a good number of cruisers to choose from.

What is it?

Big, bulky, heavy – three aspects that are usually related to cruisers and it’s no different with the Triumph Thunderbird LT. LT stands for ‘Light Touring’ and that’s the only ‘light’ attribute about this cruiser. Launched to take on the Harley Davidsons, especially in the American market, the Thunderbird LT focuses on the same aspects like other cruisers – comfort and long distance riding. It was launched at a time when the Indian market had a good number of cruisers to choose from

How does it ride?

This 380kg bike will intimidate the moment you see it. The intimidation will hit another level when you sit on the saddle and take it off the side-stand. And that’s where the intimidation ends. Because once you start riding this motorcycle, you’ll figure out how manageable this bike is at regular and high speeds. However, at low speed, especially in the city traffic, you might take some time to get used to the overall weight of the bike. But once you have, things become easy. Accessible saddle height, swept back handlebar and the large footboards is what makes this motorcycle a pleasure to ride on the highway. Riding it on the long straights and twisties is an incredible experience because the amount of torque and comfort I had.

I was quite disappointed with the way the massive windscreen performed. I’m 6’2” and I had to experience quite a bit of wind buffeting and it was the same case with my colleague, Omkar. Also, riding in wet conditions sprays dirt on the windscreen and that hampers your vision. The Showa suspension setup performs efficiently, taking the overall ride quality to the comfort side. The ride is plush, and thanks to the weight, the bike feels planted at high speeds. The tyres on the Thunderbird LT are special as they’re the world’s first white-walled radial tyres developed by Avon exclusively for the British manufacturer. It looks absolutely fantastic and gladly, the same thing can be said about the tyre performance. These tyres offer plenty of grip. And there’s the braking system which gets ABS as standard. It is effective, has good bite and doesn’t feel wooden.

The 1700cc engine, which is the biggest parallel twin engine in the world is all about torque – especially in the mid-range, where the power delivery gets flat. This liquid-cooled engine produces 93bhp at 5400rpm and develops peak torque of 151Nm at 3550rpm. The power is delivered to the rear wheel via a belt drive using a light clutch. This engine is refined, vibe free (almost) and had the ability to put a smile on my face each time I twisted that throttle. I didn’t really had to plan my overtaking maneuver on this cruiser. The mid-range took care of this experience pretty well. The gearbox is six speed and quite friendly. Unlike other big cruisers, the gearshifts on the Thunderbird LT is fairly less noisy and smoother than most of them.

Anything else should I know?

The Thunderbird LT is a long distance tourer right? So it’s obvious to get a lot of goodies and it does. Leather saddle bags will carry enough luggage for two people. For the pillion comfort, there’s a back rest too. The seats on this motorcycle deserves an extra mention as it’s one of the best I’ve ever sat on. For not even a single time in my entire 500kms ride, I found it to be minutely uncomfortable. The footboards are large enough for the entire feet to rest, in fact, the rubber used on it is really good. The round headlamp is flanked by two auxiliary lights and below that, there are the turn blinkers.

You should know that the Thunderbird LT is one of the safest cruiser in its segment as it’s equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS) as standard. The switch gear on the other hand, feels basic and doesn’t have that premium factor. The touch and feel isn’t the talk of the town. It doesn’t event get hazard lamp or cruise control. But the way wires are hidden inside the handlebar is appreciable. The instrument cluster sits on the 22-litre tank, which sports speedometer, fuel level and shows ride data like trip meter, distance to empty and a clock. Expect a tank range of close to 400kms in one tank full and that’s pretty good for a motorcycle this size.

Why should I buy one?

Buy the Triumph Thunderbird LT if you genuinely plan to do long distance rides. The bike is supremely comfortable even with a pillion, has the ability to carry quite a bit of luggage, gets ABS and all this at an attractive price of Rs 16.40 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). But there’s a small problem. Even with such massive body proportions, chrome dipped engine and exhaust, the Thunderbird LT fails to feel special. At such price point and especially in the world of cruisers, most of the buyers in India want to feel special when they own one, and this British motorcycle fails to do it. The lack of that specialness fails to overcome the brand value of Harley-Davidson bikes.

Where does it fit in?

While there are a lot of cruisers in the Indian market there aren’t many at Triumph Thunderbird LT’s price point. The only one that comes close is the Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic and that American bike demands a premium of Rs 60,000 over the Triumph at Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai). 

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 93 bhp @ 5,408 rpm

    Max Torque 151 Nm @ 3,550 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Belt Drive

    Emission Standard --

    Displacement 1,699 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 107 mm

    Stroke 94 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition Digital CDI

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Electronic Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 22 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 310 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 180/70 R16 Whitewall

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 310 mm

    Calliper Type 4-piston front, 2-piston rear

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Wheel Size 16 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 16 inch

    Front Tyre Size 150/80 R16 Whitewall

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Showa 47mm forks

    Rear Suspension Showa chromed spring twin shocks with 5 position a

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 380 kg

    Overall Length 2,546 mm

    Overall Width 956 mm

    Wheelbase 1,665 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 700 mm

    Overall Height 1,225 mm

    Chassis Type Tubular Steel, twin spine

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty --

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestYes

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm --

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageNo

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeMulti-Reflector Type

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightBulb Type

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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  •  4Mini beast 3 years ago by Aravind, Ernakulam

    My brother brought this around 6-8 months before. Its a stylish combination of style, performance, and power. Absolutely stunning looking one. One of its major pro is that it is a mini beast and highly controllable .The only con is the service centre are not so much gre

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    Triumph India eyeing 15 per cent superbike category
    19 September 2014
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    Triumph Motorcycles is aiming to achieve 15 per cent market share in the 500cc and above motorcycle segment in India. In order to achieve this target, the British manufacturer plans to sell 1,500 units this year. 

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