Word.hmm, just another fat cruiser with a different brand name.
Gimme a badass big parallel twin in a cafe-able chassis, and I might be interested, but the radiator kills it for me.
You may not like cruisers and that I can understand, but...Word.
So far, I'm not a big fan of this new cruiser. If I were in the market for a cruiser I would just buy a Harley. When I buy another Triumph, it will be either vintage, or a modern sport. The 675, and 1050 triples kick a$$. How about a 675 Tiger "Cub" at around 350 lbs with killer suspension, and actual off-road ability? Or a Triumph 675 "Motard"?
I find it funny that Harley's "antiquated designs" are copied buy about 1,000,000 other cruiser manufacturers. They can put their own spin on it, but MOST of manufacturers still try to copy Harley's, style, sound, vibe, and attitude. Kudos to Triumph for TRYING to break away from the v-twin mold in the cruiser market. I'm just not thrilled with the aesthetics of the new bike. Especially that huge radiator, and the mammoth lump of an engine. I think that the Harley cruisers are aesthetically a better looking bike. Also, some of the big Harley's handle pretty well for big bikes, though i agree that in stock form that they are underpowered. I've demoed their whole line, and was actually surprised by the Road King, and Classic. Nice bikes for what they are. Dig the Victory's too, though again I'd buy a HD.You may not like cruisers and that I can understand, but...
Harleys are slow and handle poorly besides having antiquated engine / transmission design.
HD is all about their "bad boy" image which I want no part of.
When you buy a harley you buy into their mentality.
The new Triumph Thunderbird is all new technology and expected to produce 100 hp.
No comparison to a hardly.
If actual horsepower output proves to be less than 90 I will have to reconsider my purchase. I intend to produce custom chopper style rear fenders for it but if it isn't a fast cruiser I probably won't bother.The only mention I saw, I forget where it was, that the hp was to be greater than 75hp. If that is all there is then I think they will have missed the mark. 100 would be nice but 85-90 may be enough to attract attention. I for one don't think the consumer should have to chase hp with major mods.
I have never been a big follower. Engines produced by some of the aftermarket like S&S, Patric Racing, etc. are made with better quality control but they are still antiquated dinosaurs. Push-rods? Really? That's 1940 tech!I find it funny that Harley's "antiquated designs" are copied buy about 1,000,000 other cruiser manufacturers. They can put their own spin on it, but MOST of manufacturers still try to copy Harley's, style, sound, vibe, and attitude.