The Triumph Thunderbird is the cruiser motorbike. During three years only in the USA there were sold about 300 000 copies of the motorcycles of this class.
The power unit, installed on the Triumph Thunderbird, is the in line 2-cylinder four-stroke engine with the system of fluid cooling. The radiator is hidden behind the front pipes of the frame.
The customers were offered the special kit, which could provide the capacity of 100 hp instead of standard 85 hp.
The back lamp is classical drop-shaped and it the decoration of the wing. The individual lamp is illuminating the registration plate.
The metal frame is covering the huge-sized engine. The motorbike has a big choice of the variants of paintings. The big speedometer and the tachometer are located on the gasoline tank of the dashboard. The LCD display can show the time and the total mileage and the day's run.
The seat is comfortable and moderately soft. The field of vision is perfect, despite of the low high of the seat. The gasoline tank has the volume of 21 L, but at the same time you totally control the bike.
The seat is enough straight, the step plates are carry out forward.
In spite of the lack of adjustments, the rear suspension, in combination with 2 Showa amortizations, is working good. This suspension is the best in its class. The front fork of Showa is not regulated.
The wheelbase is 1641 mm. The sound of the classical type (2-1-2) mufflers is fascinating.
Ford Motor Co didn’t even try to adapt the existing model for Indian market, it has created a fully new car for the special native conditions. This car was called Ford Ikon. The specialists of German and British divisions of Ford constructed it working together. The debut of the car was in January 2000.
The platform was borrowed for the Ford Fiesta, the wheelbase was longed for 40 mm. The Ford Ikon was 4140 mm long, 1635 mm wide and 1380 mm high. While constructing the cabin, it was taken into consideration the native tradition of wearing the turban, so it was made the higher roof. The doorways were framed with the smooth plastic elements for the comfortable entrance of the women in their saris. The doorways were made higher, too. The air conditioner of the increased capacity was in the standard package. The interior of the car was similar to the Fiesta’s.
The Ford Ikon had the east-west mounting of the engine and the FWD. The engine line consisted of 1.6 L Zetec-Rocam one-shaft gasoline power unit (with the low compression ratio for the native type of patrol) with the capacity of 92 hp and the naturally aspirated diesel with the volume of 1.8 L and the capacity of 58 hp.
The torque curve of the engine and transmission type were chosen according to the manner of driving of Indian people. The native conditions also influenced on the other components. Thus, the rigidity of the cabin on the torsion was increased. The brakes system was modernized, it was strengthen the suspension.
By 2001, it was produced 15870 copies of the car.
In spite of size of the Ford Ikon, due to the semi-independent rear suspension, this model had the large trunk with the volume of 400 L.
Depending on the version, the Ford Ikon had the steering booster, the audio system with the CD player, central locking system, the laminated glasses, cast wheels etc.
Ford India exports this car on the markets of South Africa and Latin America; some components were sold in China.
Ford managed to create a good model judging by the outside look and the technical characteristics of the car.