Triumph Thunderbird Reviews from United States of America

2010 Triumph Thunderbird

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.1 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance6000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VT750C Shadow Aero

Summary:

Awesome, awesome, awesome

Faults:

The only thing wrong is that it makes me want to skip work and ride. Frakking bike is awesome.

General Comments:

I never planned to buy a bike this big. I never wanted a new bike to replace my Shadow, as it was buzzy, so I wanted to look at another engine type, and the Triumph Parallel twin looked good. Long story short - went to a dealer to test a Bonneville, and after a test ride, drove home on TBird 1600. It's a big honking bike; about 800 lbs with all the cruiser stuff.

It's really well built, see the Speedmakers TV show on Hulu - Google Speed Makers Triumph Hulu. A great look inside the Triumph Factory. This bike is high quality. Perfect paint job, and all chrome and steel. No plastic.

Fat wide tire and huge gas tank. It's stunning to look at; even more so to ride.

Down sides are the aluminum wheels tend to discolor, but if you're fastidious and keep it clean and polished, they will hold up. I want to powder coat mine one day.

Many complain of fast tire wear, but it depends on how you drive.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2012

1995 Triumph Thunderbird

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1999
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous motorcycleBSA Thunderbolt

Summary:

One of the best I ever had. I'm sure someone is still loving it today

Faults:

Cracks in airbox caused engine damage from sand in the first year. Repairs were done under warranty and resulted in a change in the airbox design. After that, NO PROBLEMS.

General Comments:

My Thunderbird was a demo model, so I bought it pretty much new.

The first year I had it, I put almost 30,000 miles on it with no problems.

One day it started smoking a little, so I brought it to the dealer under warranty. They found that the cylinders had been scuffed by sand. I lived on a dirt road, and the inserts for the screws that held the cover for my right side airbox created a hairline crack, and let some sand into the engine. Triumph flew in a specialist to rebuild my top end, and used this as an example to reinforce that part of the airbox. It would appear I had some of the highest known mileage for the model at that time, and was something of a guinea pig.. I could not have been more impressed with the way they handled the whole thing. I only give a 9, because the wear out parts were never in stock; maybe they hadn't planned on needing them yet.

I rode it every day to work, school, on weekends and vacation. I rode it in Florida in the rain, sunshine, summer heat and winter cold. I rode through heavy traffic and wide open in the countryside. I loaded it up with gear, and rode it for weeks on end, up to and through the mountains, or down to the keys. It never failed to get me home.

It was a great bike. Exceptional build quality. Beautiful lines, powerful engine, comfortable and pretty good on gas. Good on the highway and good in the turns.

The three cylinder engine was unique, in that it found a perfect balance between horsepower and torque, and what a great sound!

Not really sure why I sold it after over 69,000 good miles. I ride a Harley now, but am looking forward to buying a Bonneville for my wife...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2012

2010 Triumph Thunderbird

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance600 miles

Summary:

Never rode or owned anything like it..

Faults:

Nothing... It hiccuped a couple of times from the air cleaner, but other than that it's flawless.

General Comments:

Very smooth... very well handling bike!

It has very good power that comes on very smooth and predictable... smoothness is key with this bike!

I have never ridden a better handling better riding motorcycle... it just keeps getting better the more I ride it.

This is a very well thought out and incredibly engineered motorcycle... I will probably add more motorcycles, but I really don't think I will ever sell this one!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2010

1998 Triumph Thunderbird

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki SV650

Summary:

Definitely a classic

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

One of the best bikes ever. I got the TBS to have a bike to accommodate my wife. I came across this bike while just browsing and immediately fell in love. With the solo seat it looks like a cafe racer, or I put on the windshield and backrest and cruise with the wife.

Seat comfort is not the greatest, but I don't know if that's the bike or just me after an accident on another bike.

Power is decent, and the brakes and suspension are excellent!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2007

1998 Triumph Thunderbird

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance17500 miles

Summary:

One of the best bikes on the market

Faults:

So far I only had to change the rear light bulb.

I took the bike to every scheduled inspection and did all the required oil changes. But I have trouble starting the bike in cold weather (below 32 Fahrenheit).

General Comments:

This is a bike I will keep as long as possible. It is very well built and is a pleasure to look at.

I changed the high handle bar and exchanged it with the lower bar, added crush bars, fog lights and Hepco and Becker luggage cases.

The bike is very reliable as long the temperatures are above 32 Fahrenheit.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2005

27th Jan 2007, 12:34

Having owned a 1998 Triumph Thunderbird 900, I agree that they are excellent motorcycles, if only Triumph still manufactured them. I rode mine for 2 seasons, then sold it for almost as much as I paid for it, and eventually it will be a classic model.

The new Triumph 2007 line up offers nothing like the Thunderbird except racing bikes, so I have moved on to other brands.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 5 reviews