To say we were a bit disappointed when the Triumph Thunderbird 1600 was revealed would be an understatement. Now, it seems that Thunderbird’s depressingly mediocre nature is all part of Triumph’s plan; they want customers to be lured by the potential of a 1600cc bike that’s neither Japanese nor a Harley, but necessitate the purchase of expensive aftermarket accessories in order to get it to look and perform like it should. Taking a page directly from Harley’s playbook, Triumph will offer in excess of 100 add-ons for the Thunderbird, available directly from dealers or a website specifically created for the purpose that will launch next month. In addition to the usual selection of handlebars and exhausts, there will also be a kit to take the engine out to 1700cc, or as Triumph would like us to call it, 104ci.
The range of accessories, the most extensive for any Triumph bike yet, will compliment its new "Triumph, engineered by Alpinestars" range of clothing, further diversifying their offerings into the motorcycle-related lifestyle and aftermarket accessory market.
It also appears that the Thunderbird will use a Scrambler-like 270˚ firing order to give it that v-twin-like feel.