Attention Japs! Your stranglehold on the Indian market’s premium segment is about to be challenged soon. It seems the Britons have unrestrained love for our land. They arrived in the 18th century, were reluctant to say goodbye to us but finally, the determination of a bespectacled, loincloth-clad man gave them in, and they had to depart on 15th August, 1947.
Roughly six-and-a-half decades later, they will be out here again, all guns blazing. This time they are here to capture the imagination of our enthusiastic bikers that they are gunning for. Ladies and gentlemen, let us unveil for you an exclusive development about the Leicestershire-headquartered iconic Triumph Motorcycles.
We were definitely enraptured by the offerings Triumph had showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo 2012 (For eg this 2300cc Triumph RocketIII!). The brand boasted of a more-than-impressive lineup comprising of the nostalgia-inspiring Bonneville, brawny brothers Street Triple and Speed Triple, the racy and seductive Daytona 675, the edgy Tiger 800 XC and the mighty Thunderbird Storm as well as the awe-inducing Rocket III. Triumph Motorcycles seemed to us the perfect foil for the choice-denied Indian biker.
Unfortunately, their mid-2012 entry plans fell apart due to certain internal reasons. They, however, kept reiterating the hackneyed statement about India being an important destination for them.
Now, we have got an official word that Triumph is definitely on course for its Indian innings. They are upbeat about their foray into our diverse and demanding market and are aiming a launch by the end of 2013’s third-quarter. The price-bands, dealership list as well as the booking procedure would be declared well before that, informed the India Inquiries Division of Triumph Motorcycles Limited.
*In a mailer which we had sent to Triumph, this is the response that we received
Triumph Motorcycles will brandish motorcycles with a strong-yet-lightweight and easy-to-handle chassis, accompanied by powerful motors which will let you wring out the last drop of joy from every ride. We had also asked them whether their products will be CBU or CKD, however did not receive a response to that.
Their pricing, however, might be on a higher side. Expect significant changes to the prices they published during Auto Expo 2012. Triumph will start bookings in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore first and then follow it up with dealerships in more cities such as Pune, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Chennai, Hyderabad and Cochin.
Now, will you still stick to a Kawasaki or a Yamaha, or will decide to “Go Your Own Way“?