Triumph's 2015 Rocket X & Thunderbird Nightstorm revealed!

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Triumph's new 2015 Thunderbird Nightstorm has been stood too close to Triumph's black paint department.
Triumph has looked in its paint shop and found a whole load of black paint for its new Rocket X and Thunderbird Nightstorm special edition.

The Thunderbird Nightstorm is based on the 1699cc parallel twin Triumph cruiser. It comes with a special ghost flame hand-painted fuel tank and is stripped of most of its chrome. The exhausts are covered in heat resistant black paint and there are also black handlebars, mirrors, footboards, rear brake and gear levers.
Triumph's Thunderbird Nightstorm in action.
The rest of the bike is as the standard Thunderbird, so that means that throbbing 270-degree motor making 115ft-lb of torque at a lowly 2950rpm, and a peak power output of 96.6bhp.
The 2015 Triumph Rocket X
The new Rocket X gets a similar black treatment with a ‘Grind effect’ paint scheme from UK paint  specialists 8-Ball and a host of black parts including exhausts, handlebars, wheels and mirrors.

The Rocket X is designed to celebrate 10 years of the three-cylinder 2.3-litre-powered Rocket Three as the world’s largest production cruiser. It makes an incredible 163ft-lb of torque at just 2750rpm.
2.3-litres of Triumph's Rocket III seen here as the Rocket X version.
Just 500 Rocket X’s will be built worldwide and they will be individually numbered on the side panels.

The Thunderbird Nightstorm is set to cost £13,399 and the Rocket X will cost £14,799 with available in Triumph dealers from next Spring.

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