While practically everyone on the planet has heard of the Triumph Bonneville, the Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle has not achieved the same amount of fame. And yet, the Thunderbird was at least as important to Triumph as the ‘Bonny’ in terms of sales and popularity .. it simply doesn’t get mentioned as often. Among the Triumph faithful and aficionados though, the Thunderbird is perhaps the most important Triumph to be produced.
It all started with three riders driving across 500 miles at 92 mph on three different – but recorded as stock – Thunderbird 6T motorcycles. In 1949, that was a testament to durability, reliability and speed. From that year until 1966, Triumph produced the Thunderbird motorcycle out of the Meriden factory and shipped them all over the world. All models had a 649c.c. two-cylinder engine – a big increase from the 498c.c. Speed Twin it was modeled after – and was mated to a 4-speed gearbox. It proved to be so well liked – perhaps loved – in the U.S. that, after 1950, Triumph sold more bikes in America than it did in any other country including in the homeland of England.
The Thunderbird motorcycle went away after 1966 only to reappear in 1981 as the Thunderbird TR65. It was simply an ‘economy’ version of the T-140 Bonneville and was only sold in the U.K. and a handful of British Commonwealth countries. It lasted three model years and then Triumph suffered some very tough times.
However, John Bloor brought the company back to full-on production in 1990. Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. of Hinckley began another model run of the Thunderbird motorcycle in 1994. This beauty had an 885c.c. 3-cylinder engine connected to a six-speed transmission and rode on very confidence-inspiring 18 inch front and 16 inch rear wheels. A tractable 69hp and 52ft/lb of torque carried the 485lb dry machine over any distance in any place you could find fuel. It was blessed with classical good looks, two-tone paint and historical emblems and exhaust. Like the first T-bird, it was built for cruising and its parts and accessories catalog was ready to help with anything a rider may need or want.
The Thunderbird 900 Sport motorcycle was produced in 1997. It had many upgraded components – wheels, brakes, suspension, etc. – and put 82hp to the ground – a significant increase. The design was slightly modified as well, but it retained its lovely retro styling. The 900 Sport was the last 885c.c. Thunderbird motorcycle to be made ..
Until the 2014 Thunderbird motorcycle was developed! The latest addition is a rather large twin with 1600c.c. in displacement, a comfortable cockpit, great handling and smooth character. It still lives up to the needs of a cruiser or touring rider, and it is a very exciting and well-balanced ride. The Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle enters a new century and a new icon is born.
I have a 1998 Triumph Thunderbird. IT was rode about a month ago and worked fine and now that I go to ride it it’s acting up. It starts fine, but when I clutch in and put it down into first it dies. Put it back in neutral, start it again, try to put it in first and it dies. Does anybody have any ideas as to what’s wrong?
Answer by jon
Put the kickstand up. Its the sidestand safety switch. It kills the bike as a safety precaution so you dont ride off with the kickstand down.
Answer by Candid Chris
As Jon stated, ‘kick-stand down’. It may be the switch mounted on the stand rather than you having the stand down, it’s fairly close to where drive-chain oil/lube/goop can accumulate and sometimes they don’t like that
Detroit, Michigan (PRWEB) May 21, 2014
Just in time for summer restoration projects, car aficionados will find new trunk extensions for the 1962 Ford Galaxie in stock and ready to ship at Classic 2 Current Fabrication.
The trunk extensions, also known as trunk drop offs, will replace the side of the trunk panel as well as the drop off section leading into the inner quarter panel of the Ford Galaxie. This area of the car is very susceptible to rust, with low quality of weather stripping around the trunk lid, allowing water to enter the trunk and resting causing decay to the car.
Classic 2 Current is known for their widespread selection of replacement auto body panels including replacement floor pans, rocker panels, trunk pan and trunk extensions for many of the forgotten car models. The car parts are manufactured by Classic 2 Current right here in the United States, something that is rare for the car industry in todays world.
We are excited to continue to launch new restoration parts for Ford Galaxie owners, said Classic 2 Current Fabrication owner Michael Laiacono. These trunk extensions, just like many of our products, are a one of a kind part that no other company currently has to offer.”
The trunk extension for the 1962 Ford Galaxie is a new product within a line that already includes replacement outer rocker panels, front floor pans, rear pans and trunk pans.
Classic 2 Current Fabrication makes finding and purchasing replacement body panels, whether for the Ford Galaxie or any other make and model, a breeze with their easy to use website. Customers can search and find exactly what they are looking for with a few clicks of the mouse. The parts are manufactured in-house, allowing the products to be offered directly to the customer at a much lower rate than is offered by competitors.