There is a shitty blog out there -which I will never disclose, but you can try to find yourself- which is my origin at making motorcycles websites out there, and this is probably the best thing I ever published in that one, my Triumph Thunderbird 1600 review, back in April 2010, and I hardly recognise myself without the beard!
Find it exactly as it was first published…
Yes dudes! I have finally got on the new Thunderbird, thanx to the Blue Days that Triumph organizes to lend us the bikes. I know it doesn’t sound like a proper review made by a magazine with a stunt rider and a week with the bike but… this is probably the worst blog ever so don’t ask for more.
I went to the shop in Malaga and saw all the new bikes in there and the staff receiving the riders and I knew for sure I was going to ride the beast. Before I found quite difficult to get in the schedule as it seemed to be many people wanting to ride the bikes. I saw the bike in person for the first time, it was next to a Rocket III Roadster (what a bike!) and what impressed me most was the size. When you look at it and you know the numbers it does look smaller than expected. However, with a closer look you see the tank, the wheels and everything and they’re huge but proportion is a concept they’ve really used for Triumph bikes.
After a few minutes of admiration of the bike I sat on it. We were in the centre of Malaga with a crowded traffic and many bikes ridden by whoever so it wasn’t the safest environment but I couldn’t care less. I turn on the engine and the sound was a bit soft for my expectation. I thought that riders who wanted more noise should buy a new pair of silencers… but once you open up the throttle fast everything changes. We rode from the city centre to a twisty road in Los Montes of Malaga and two riders had to go back as they couldn’t follow us. The guy from the shop got the Rocket III and I was pulling right behind him (until the close corners) and we made a fast pace actually, I rode the bike with a group of Bonnevilles, SpeedTriples and a Daytona together with the Rocket and the Tiger so I rode it in a sporty way. My impressions were great.
At a first glance and knowing the mileage it can do (which I wasn’t lucky enough to check) and the riding position there was no doubt at all that the Thunderbird is an excellent cruiser. It was so well mannered on the tarmac I thought I could overweight it with a lot of luggage and it wouldn’t change at all. It handles really swift at low speeds which makes it a great bike for everyday use in cities. Actually, the only place where the bike must be the odd one out is in an off road environment. You feel confortable in the seat, the footpegs and handlebar are in the right place and everything could be found right. The console was a bit out of sight so specially for the tachometer, so you lose the vision of the road when you look at it. Apart from that everything’s pretty much well done.
When you open up the throttle the beast changes at all. It sounds and behaves like a power cruiser and I would like to see it in a quarter of a mile race against the Rocket III, the V-Rod and the Suzuki Boulevard M109. Cornering is easy and not phisically demanding at all. I thought it was going to be harder to ride the bike but I can see Triumph has thought of everyone while designing it and no matter how big or small you are, the bike fits. I speed up a bit too much sometimes and I found that on close corners it’s difficult to get the bike in properly at a first glance, but the bike would corner amazingly despite how long it is. It’s not a sport bike and its size and weight matters but it bends much better than any average cruiser in the market.