Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: 1978 T140V
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Utah, U.S.
Other Motorcycle: 1965 T120C
Extra Motorcycle: 1968 T100 Trackmaster
Review of 2010 Thunderbird
For those who may be considering a Thunderbird 1600, I offer these brief comments.
A month ago I purchased a low mileage, still on warranty 2010 Thunderbird from a private party. Although I own a number of vintage Triumphs, I was looking for a larger, newer bike suitable for long rides. My most recent newer bike was a 1997 Sport Trophy 1200.
I was not even aware of this model until I saw one at a club meeting hosted by the local Triumph shop (guess I need to get out more). Until then, I was leaning towards a BMW K or L model, just because I wanted something other than a V Twin cruiser.
My assessment after a month is that I really enjoy riding this bike. It is just fun to ride. It feels very stable on the road and at the same time very responsive on cornering, such as during my frequent canyon rides.
Although the Thunderbird is a relatively heavy bike compared to the old vintage models, it does not feel heavy. I find the seating position to be very comfortable, both around town and on the road. I am 5' 11" and 180 pounds.
I was hoping to ride it on some gravel roads last weekend, but the weather changed my route.
The bike came with a quick attach/detach windshield. I have gone on 4 and 5 hours rides with and without the windshield. The windshield is OK, although I will probably only use it when I go on a multi-day ride.
As far as dislikes, I do not like the speedometer/info guage location as it requires me to physically move my head down in order to attempt to read the information. So I am considering how I might be able to relocate that guage to a handlebar mount arrangement and using the resulting space on the tank for a much needed stash box for phone, etc.
The speedometer stuck one time at 80. Even after I stopped, it remained. I had to shut the bike off and restart, and then the needle reset. Not sure what happened in that instance. I will have it checked when I take the bike to the dealer for service.
I may also add some kind of throttle stay for longer rides.
I have received a number of compliments from the public as to the appearance of the bike. I may eventually have a more traditional vintage style Triumph badge or decal applied to the gas tank just for fun.
I am keeping my eye out for a salvage buy. I think this model could be made into a very good looking bobber/chopper style bike. I have seen pictures of the thruxton style custom bike, but I have not found any bobber/chopper treatments.
I very much recommend this bike.