Triumph - Britishers are back !
So the Tiger is coming. And it's getting along with it its friends. The Bonneville, the Street Triple, the 675 Daytona, the Speed Triple, Rocket III and Thunderbird Storm. With friends like these the Tiger need not roar to bring the competition to its knees but Triumph is not content with that.
Triumph has rightfully understood that India is a huge market for premium bikes but not necessarily those that come at a premium price. This was made pretty clear by the guys at Triumph when they announced well before the 2012 Auto Expo, that not only will they be opting for the CKD(completely knocked down) route but that they would also pass on the benefits pocketed due to the lower duty structure for CKDs ! Indian riders had a real reason to rejoice. Britishers are back. But can they be trusted this time ?
Well it turns out they can be. To assemble motorcycles in India, Triumph is said to have identified a 40 acre land parcel at Narsapura, situated on the Bangalore-Chennai highway. The strategic location at Narasapur ensures good and quick access to the Chennai port. Once the CKD bikes get imported to India they will be assembled at Narasapur and will then be forwarded to Triumph showrooms/dealers across India. If everything goes well the southern state of Karnataka will be playing host to over four motorcycle makers including Hero Motorcorp, Triumph, TVS and the motorcycle giant Honda.
If you weren't aware of what bikes Triumph intends to launch in India i.e if you have been living in a cave all these years..well then read on..the bikes might just free you of your caveman instincts.
1. Triumph Bonneville Range
A class apart.The Bonneville is an iconic motorcycle that is a veritable classic with a timeless charm that only British motorcycles can offer.If you thought Royal Enfields had a great charm to them wait till you see this bike. Powered by a air cooled 865cc parallel twin engine that gets 4 valves per cylinder and a DOHC layout to bring it up to the times, this is the perfect retro motorcycle available in the motorcycle world. Producing 67 Bhp of peak power and 68 Nm of peak torque, the Bonneville is the motorcycle that you’ll be at home in, be it riding to work on the weekdays or riding through the countryside on the weekends.
2. Triumph Speed Triple
Known widely as the motorcycle that put the bang back in Triumph’s sales when construction magnate John Bloor took over the ailing Triumph, the Speed Triple went against convention in the supersports motorcycle segment by featuring a three cylinder engine when other motorcycles followed the twin or inline-four cylinder engine layout. The Speed Triple also was the motorcycle which was one of the early street fighter style motorcycles to hit the motorcycle market. The Speed Triple is powered by a three cylinder liquid cooled engine producing 133 Bhp of peak power and 111 Nm of peak torque.
3.Triumph Street Triple
The Street Triple’s 675cc engine produces 105 Bhp of peak power and 68 Nm of peak torque.
A naked street fighter version of the Triumph Daytona 675, this motorcycle will be of particular interest to most Indian motorcyclists as Triumph may assemble this motorcycle in India and could price it very affordably. Finally, a multi-cylinder motorcycle that sounds sweeter than the typical burbles of parallel twins is what a lot of Indian motocyclists can look forward to in the Triumph Street Triple.
4. Triumph Tiger 800XC
You can actually ride this motorcycle to you annual pilgrimage to Ladakh and back courtesy its tourer-off roader underpinnings and high ground clearance. The Tiger 800XC features a 799cc, inline three cylinder engine with peak power rated at 95 Bhp while a chunky torque band of 79 Nm will ensure that the Tiger 800Xc can be a relaxed tourer. Look at it as a budget alternative to the likes of BMW’s touring range of motorcycles and immediately, the Tiger 800XC appears to be a superb bet for Indian conditions.
5. Triumph Daytona 675
As smooth as a inline four while being as torquey as a V-Twin. That is the Triumph Daytona 675 for you. A torquey, usable alternate to the likes of the rev-to-the-moon inline 4 600s, the Triumph Daytona 675 uses its in-line triple cylinder layout to its advantage both on the track as well as the street. The Triumph Daytona 675 features a 675cc liquid cooled inline three cylinder engine that produces 124 Bhp of peak power at 12,600 rpm and 72 Nm of peak torque at 11,700 rpm.
6. Triumph Thunderbird Storm
The Triumph Thunderbird Storm is a parallel twin performance cruiser that will show almost every cruiser a clean pair of heels save for the Ducati Diavel. Powered by a massive 1,699cc parallel twin motor, a DOHC layout and liquid cooling means that the engine is right up to the times. 97 Bhp of peak power and an tree stump pulling 156 Nm of peak torque is transmitted to the massive 200 section rear tyre through a six speed gearbox and a toothed belt drive. The 339 kilogram heft means that the Thunderbird Storm will hold its own amongst the Harleys and Intruders of this world.
7. Triumph Rocket III
Move over freight trains and move over space shuttles. There are bikes these days that churn out more torque than a locomotive and the Rocket III is one of them. If 156 Nm of torque is tree stump pulling in the Thunderbird Storm, then what about 221 Nm of torque that the Triumph Rocket III produces, that too at a super low 2,750 rpm. Continent splitting torque would be quite apt? Sitting at the very top of the Triumph range, the Rocket III sparked off the whole concept of power cruisers. The original and the most powerful of them all, the Triumph Rocket III features a three cylinder motor that displaces a gargantuan 2,294cc. This engine produces 146 Bhp of peak power at 5,750 rpm while the brute torque figure of 221 Nm comes at 2,750 rpm. On the whole, the 367 kilogram Rocket III is more of a monster dragster in cruiser clothes.