Triumph Announces Updates to 2014 Cruiser Lineup

Nov 08, 2013 View Comments by

Triumph Announces Updates to 2014 Cruiser LineupYou hadn’t forgotten that Triumph makes cruisers had you? Well, just in case you needed a reminder the British company has released a plethora of updates to the line for 2014.

BD-MY14_Thunderbird Commander_Phantom Black  Storm Grey_F3QThunderbird LT and Commander

The most extensive refresh goes to the Thunderbird LT and Thunderbird Commander, which receive an all-new chassis. The revisions move the steering neck forward while lowering the seat pan by an inch to make room for a upgraded seat with thicker padding and lumbar support without changing the seat height. Pull back handlebars pair with the BF-MY14_Thunderbird LT_Caspian Blue & Crystal White_RHSrepositioned steering neck to create what Triumph calls a “more relaxed riding position for longer trips.”

Suspension on the ’14 Thunderbirds consists of 47mm Showa front forks and twin Showa rear shocks with dual-rate springs and five-way preload adjustment. Dual 310mm floating discs clamped by four piston Nissin calipers up front and a single 310mm disc with a Brembo caliper out back are under the reigns of Triumph’s ABS.

For 2014 the LT and Commander also ditch the old 1,597cc parallel twin in favor of the 1,700cc unit from the Thunderbird Storm. The water-cooled engine produces an impressive 93 horsepower and 111 pound feet of torque twisting the rear wheel through a six-speed transmission and belt final drive.

The Thunderbird LT (Light Touring) also gets what Triumph claims are the world’s first white-wall radial tires courtesy of fellow Brits Avon Tires. Availability on both bikes is Spring 2014; MSRPs have yet to be announced.

2014AmericaLT_003America LT

The Thunderbird’s smaller stable mate, the America, adds a trim level, the America LT. The LT treatment includes a tall, detachable windshield, higher and wider handlebars, aluminum footboards with removable heel/toe shifter, leather saddlebags, and a passenger backrest. An 865cc parallel twin producing 60 horsepower and 53 pound feet of torque powers the America LT, which will arrive in dealerships this December with an MSRP of $9,499.






Tiger 800 XC SE

In other Triumph news, a Special Edition of the mid-displacement adventure bike, the Tiger 800, will hit the showroom floors in March. The Tiger 800 XC SE is mechanically identical to the standard 800 XC, the only difference being the paint and finish. The SE wears what Triumph calls Volcanic Black paint, which looks black at first glance but flashes red when it catches the light. The frame is finished in red, while matte black and red detailing rounds out the new color scheme. MSRP $12,499.





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