The 2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT saddlebagged cruiser comes with a long list of comfort features and a nifty upgrade from the basic model. Unveiled at the 2013 EICMA show in Milan, the 2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT (Light Touring) has lighter bars than the previous model and it receives World’s first white-walled radial tyres developed by Avon, classy 56-spoke laced rims and a solid 3-piece headlight.
The 2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT is powered by the same 1699cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin engine with a 270-degree crank as the unit found on the Thunderbird Storm. Fitted on the Thunderbird LT, the engine only delivers 93 hp at 5400rpm and an impressive 111 ft-lb. at 3550 rpm, which is a bit lower than the Storm’s claimed 96.6 hp and 115 ft-lb.
The new Thunderbird LT features a new chassis, with a Showa 47mm fork offering 120mm of travel and Showa twin rear shocks with five-way preload adjustability and 95mm of travel. Breaking duties are handled by Nissin four-piston caliper with twin 310mm front discs and a Brembo rear two-piston caliper with single 310mm disc. Anti-lock brakes come as standard. With a fully 5.8 gallon fuel tank, the a2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT has a wet weight of 838 pounds.
Other highlight features include removable embossed saddlebags, a passenger backrest, two-piece front and rear mudguards, a quick-release windshield, spacious die-cast aluminum floorboards with replaceable skid-plates, an adjustable heel/toe lever for the rider, as well as loads of chrome and unique styling details such as single front headlight and auxiliary running lamps, one-off Triumph tank badges, 1930s Art Deco-style rear indicator and LED tail light assemblies, white piping around seat, along with hand-painted coach lines on the tank and fenders.
The 2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT will be available two color options: Caspian Blue/Crystal White or Lava Red/Phantom Black. It will arrive in dealerships in 2014.