We have always had a long, loving relationship with British born vehicles (Ambassador, Royal Enfield) and we have stayed in the relationship long after the originating companies chose to dust-up and leave. Triumph Motorcycle UK Ltd from Hinckley is calling on us now and intends to bring some really eye-catching beauties on two wheels on God’s green earth.
When Triumph first knocked on our door in 2012 through the Auto Expo, the closest we ever saw of a Triumph bike was on the silver screen – The Triumph Bonneville in Terminator 3, Daytona 955i & Speed Triple in Mission Impossible 2, heck, it was even present in a Rowan Atkinson film (it was a Triumph Speed Triple in the film Johnny English). Thankfully, since Johnny himself wasn’t driving it, you can say that brand Triumph has been pretty well endorsed.
So, if you are looking for a pedigree that has been running longer than a century, and if you have the requisite moola to spare, Triumph motorcycles are something worth a serious consideration.
Triumph Motorcycle India, in a few weeks’ time (November 28th is the launch in India date) will offer on sale some 7 models of bikes to the Indian customers. Here they are:
Triumph Bonneville: If you love the period looks in your bike and love to have the performance and reliability of a modern day motorcycle, you will love the Triumph Bonneville. If you must have the Triumph badge, this 865cc/67bhp bike will cost you the least among all the other Triumphs at about 6 lakhs plus.
Triumph Street Triple: Thruxton and Johnny’s Street Triple will come next in line with price ranging from upwards of 6 lakh to 6.25 lakh.
Triumph Daytona 675: If it is a super-sport that you have in mind, you can have one of the variants of the jaw-dropping Daytona 675 for upwards of 7.5 lakh.
Triumph Speed Triple & Tiger 800 XC: Then there is the roadster Speed Triple and the go-anywhere “rally” bike Tiger 800XC. They are expected to be priced from 9 lakh to 12 lakh INR.
Thunderbird Storm & Rocket III Roadster: There will also be on sale the top of the line power cruisers, Thunderbird (17.5-18 lakh) and Rocket III for Rs.22.5-23 lakhs.
As you can see, we do not expect many changes to the lineup Triumph displayed at the Auto Expo 2012. However, there is a very possible price revision over the 2012 Auto Expo prices which we have taken into account before mentioning here.
*Here is the official teaser. This is the Tiger 800 XC which is all set to enthral everyone
Majority of the bikes will be procured via the CKD route and will be assembled here in India (Manesar, HR). Incidentally, Triumph Motorcycle India is also planning to develop a smaller capacity bike for mass production in Kolar, Karnataka. They have received the land and required permits and soon we can hear more from that front. And interestingly, a couple of days back we also have got hold of the official sketch of the 250cc mini-daytona. You can check it here…
So, rejoice bikers, and check this space again for more updates on Triumph Motorcycles in our country. Official details will be revealed on 28th when the launch takes place.
– By Sufi