Like the Classic Tourer it hopes to better, the beautiful Triumph Thunderbird LT has clean lines with large fenders, cushy seat, tall and wide bars and a sea of chrome. It’s a really large motorcycle that begs for your (and everyone else’s) attention: The tall windscreen, pillion back rest and leather saddle bags clearly state that it is meant for the open road.
Swing a leg over the low seat (700 mm) and your nether regions are cupped in a nice wide comfortable berth. The riding position is generous, though shorter riders might find it a little too stretched out.
Thumb the starter and the 1,699 cc parallel twin engine sparks to life with a burble. The progressive throttle gives a smooth and gentle response at low speeds, making it a very easy motorcycle to control. It does feel a little heavy at low speeds despite the wide handle bars, though nowhere as intimidating as its 380 kg kerb weight sounds.
The engine revs smoothly with just a few vibrations kicking in near the top. Once in the tall sixth gear, things calm down and I found a sweet spot around the 110-120 kmph mark. It can hold faster speeds, but I found that at over 140 kmph, the vibrations and the wind noise are distracting.
(This story appears in the 20 February, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)