EICMA 2013: 2014 Triumph Thunderbird CommanderTue, 05 Nov 2013
Triumph revealed a new variant to its Thunderbird family with the all-new Thunderbird Commander. Revealed alongside the Thunderbird LT at the 2013 EICMA show, the Commander offers a brawnier, more chromed-out model to the line.
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Like the LT, the Thunderbird Commander is powered by the 1699cc parallel-Twin engine used on the Thunderbird Storm. Triumph claims an output of 92 hp at 5400rpm and an impressive 111 ft-lb. at just 3550 rpm, which are both a bit lower than the Storm’s claimed 96.6 hp and 115 ft-lb.
Shrouded 47mm Showa forks offer 120mm of travel while the also chromed 5-way preload-adjustable twin Showa shocks offer 95mm of travel. Brakings is performed by a Nissin four-piston caliper with twin 310mm discs up front and a Brembo two-piston caliper with single 310mm disc at the rear.
The Commander comes equipped with a beefy 140/75 ZR17 front tire compared to the 120/70 R19 tire found on the Storm, while the rear wheel uses a 200/50 ZR17 tire.
By Dennis Chung
See also: EICMA 2013: 2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT, EICMA 2013: 2014 Triumph America LT, EICMA 2013: Triumph Tiger 800XC SE.