The depressingly mediocre Triumph Thunderbird 1600 will start at $12,999 when it hits showroom floors later this year. That brings it in a little more expensive than the Harley Dyna Super Glide, which at 1573cc is, as near as we can tell, the closest American competition. Of course, making around 100bhp, the Triumph clearly justifies its price premium over the 68bhp Harley.
That price is also slightly higher than the Yamaha Star Road Star,
which retails for $12,390 and displaces 1670cc. Unlike either bike, the
Triumph is a parallel-, not a v-twin, but since the Thunderbird has a
v-like 270º firing order, that appears only to matter for looks and
Other details of Triumph’s latest effort to expand its US market share are still vague, but we do know its going to be made available with a Harley-like range of accessories that’ll include everything from garish wheels to a 1700cc engine kit. The ABS-equipped model, which we’d highly recommend for most cruiser riders, starts at $13,799.
Us? We’ll start caring when someone can make a logical case for any of
the above over a $3,999 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, that, equipped with a
249cc parallel-twin producing 25bhp and weighing 151kg (333lb), will
easily outperform and out-tour any of these behemoth