The new ‘Dark’ Special Edition Triumph Thunderbird Nightstorm takes the 1699cc Storm, and adds custom ‘Ghost Flames’ paint, black exhausts and a deluxe seat.
Here’s what the press release had to say…
The Triumph Thunderbird Nightstorm Special Edition is a fully-specified, blacked-out power cruiser for riders who demand a harder edge along with their laid-back ride. Based on the successful Thunderbird Storm and powered by the big-bore 1699cc (104ci) version of Triumph’s acclaimed parallel-twin engine, the Nightstorm adds a host of styling touches to provide a darker, moodier and more menacing presence.
The Nightstorm takes black to a new level. Stripped of much of its chrome work, the Nightstorm gets a custom makeover. The custom hand painted tank features ‘ghost flames’ in a two tone combination of Phantom Black and Silver Frost that provides an incredible sparkle effect finish.
The tank is first painted in a deep Phantom Black and then both flames and the Triumph logo are subtly sprayed with silver frost giving a seamless, ghosted finish without any coach lining. This results in a unique, eye catching scheme that really captures the essence of the bike.
The twin-skinned full exhaust system is coated with our high temperature resistance black paint which is rated to maintain Triumph’s signature quality finish. The exhaust defines the attitude of the Nightstorm and delivers the Thunderbird’s distinctive thumping soundtrack.
The dark character continues with black handlebars, mirrors, control plates rear brake and gear levers. Contrasting to the black are the specially machined cam bore finishers and the striking ‘Nightstorm storm’ emblem.
The finishing touch is provided by the new ribbed design seat which adds another dash of style plus added comfort. The stitched panelling gives a distinctive look and is embossed with the Triumph logo.
The centrepiece of the Thunderbird Nightstorm Special Edition is an acclaimed 1699cc parallel-twin cruiser engine. Its massive 107.1 mm pistons pump out a tyre-shredding 98PS, with a tidal wave of spectacular 156Nm of torque arriving at just 2950rpm. Thus equipped, the Thunderbird Nightstorm Special Edition guarantees a dramatic and engaging ride every time the motor is fired up.
Power delivery is smooth, refined and always controllable thanks to the twin balancer shafts and a sophisticated sequential fuel injection system. The motor’s 270 degree off-beat firing interval adds a distinctive churning character to its delivery.
The Thunderbird Nightstorm utilizes the same chassis as the Thunderbird, itself much lauded for its un-cruiser like poise and controlled handling characteristics. The Nightstorm is endowed with equally outstanding agility and precision. Fat 47mm Showa forks, preload adjustable twin Showa rear shocks and painstakingly refined geometry result in stability at speed, but amazing steering response and agility at all speeds. Even in slower, tighter manoeuvres that cruisers can sometimes make hard work, the Thunderbird Nightstorm retains a highly manageable balance.
A pair of sizeable front discs and powerful four piston calipers come with Triumph’s advanced anti-lock brake system as standard, generating high levels of perfectly controlled stopping ability. Confidence-inspiring Metzeler Marathon tyres are developed especially for the Thunderbird range, and adorn five-spoke cast alloy wheels.
The Thunderbird Nightstorm Special Edition’s tank-mounted speedo features a comprehensive on-board computer which includes a clock, two trip meters and fuel gauge, plus a fashionably small tachometer.
The Thunderbird Nightstorm will be launched in Triumph Stores from spring 2015, alongside a full suite of customisable Triumph Genuine Accessories for further personalisation.
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