Rumors are now swirling around the spyshots of a single-cylinder bike that was spotted near Triumph’s testing facility in Spain. These spyshots have added fuel to the speculation that Triumph could make an entry into the Indian commercial market anytime now, with a market-specific small capacity bike.
Triumph grabbed eyeballs at the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi as it marshaled its awe-inspiring line-up (Details & Pics). At that time, Ashish Joshi, managing director (India), Triumph Motorcycle, said the company has a six-year plan that defines the product strategy.
“It (the plan) has got a few bikes. They are of a lower capacity…the development time is three years. Every premium bike manufacturer is looking downsizing their products. I would say looking at a future strategy perspective it may be on the cards.” [Source – Business Standard]
Rumors about a small-capacity Triumph had been making waves even before this statement. Many visually-smaller bikes have also been spotted testing in Triumph’s facilities in the UK. However, there has been no conclusive evidence about their capacities and specifications. Speculations have also pointed out that these small bikes were designed to give a push to Triumph’s numbers and margins in developing countries like India and Brazil.
The above picture shows a speculated sketch of the yet-to-be-announced Street Single from Triumph. It had cropped up at the time when rumors about a small-capacity Triumph were strongest, i.e. just after the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. It suggested that a naked bike was the most probable choice for entering the market. However, words from some corners of the industry suggested that there could be a miniature version of the full-faired Triumph Daytona 675 for the developing markets.
The spied Triumph machine, if true, could end up fighting with the Ninja 300 and the just-announced CBR300R as well as the Hyosung GT250R. As of now, Triumph has been slowly making its presence felt on social media streams. They, however, have not announced any specific date for the launch of their upcoming models for the Indian lineup. Possible specifications of the bike are a far-cry at the moment, but we can spot that the test mule has a liquid-cooling system employed. Expect the Triumph small bike to retain competitive edge in the face of competition, if and when it is launched.
So, are you ready for the ‘New Naked’…!..?
Spy Pics Source – Rideapart.com