EICMA 2013: 2014 Triumph Thunderbird LTTue, 05 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0800
As we expected after reading California Air Resource Board documents, Triumph revealed a new LT version to its Thunderbird family, alongside the also-new Thunderbird Commander at the 2013 EICMA show in Milan.
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The 2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT adds a windscreen, additional lighting, removable leather saddlebags and a passenger backrest to the Thunderbird platform to provide light touring duties. The ergonomics are also different, with a new seat design that offers more lumbar support.
Sharing the same 1699cc parallel-Twin engine with a 270-degree crank as the Thunderbird Storm, the Thunderbird LT claims an output of 92 hp at 5400rpm and an impressive 111 ft-lb. at just 3550 rpm.
The suspension is the same as on the Thunderbird Storm, with a 47mm Showa fork with 120mm of travel and twin Showa rear shocks with five-way preload adjustability. Anti-lock brakes come as standard with Nissin supplying four-piston calipers with twin 310mm front discs and Brembo adding a rear two-piston caliper with a 310mm disc. The wire-spoke wheels are clad with what Triumph calls the world’s first white-walled radial tires.
Other features include die-cast aluminum footboards, adjustable heel-toe controls, a 5.8 gallon fuel tank and a claimed wet weight of 838 pounds.
By Dennis Chung
See also: EICMA 2013: 2014 Triumph Thunderbird Commander, EICMA 2013: 2014 Triumph America LT, EICMA 2013: Triumph Tiger 800XC SE.