If I didn’t already know that Triumph is English, by just looking at their products, I would have thought it was an Italian company with an English name. If you count out their classic bikes, all other bikes out of their stable have that unmistakable Italian flair.
Why the rant? Well, they are coming. Yes, Triumph Motorcycles U.K. is heading for India, finally after a long wait. In a confirmation mail today, they have also shared the launch venue with us.
We Indians have always had something special for the products from Britain, for instance, the Amby. Don’t we still love our Ambassadors? Oh yes, we do, and Royal Enfield Bullets, too. Vehicles apart, most of our police force still use the .303 Lee-Enfield rifles courtesy, again, the Brits. Going by this love affair, we can easily say welcome Triumph, you could have been earlier.
*Daytona is the most awaited bike from Triumph. Click pic for more details
Their beautifully laid out website has gone ‘live’. Irritatingly though, the prices are not mentioned (but expected). Still, you can visit the website and drool over the pictures until they bring out the real thing near your place.
Triump’s Indian Lineup:
And drool you will, mind you, for look-wise Triumph’s every single bike has the oomph. Remember Tom Cruise astride a Daytona 955i & Speed Triple in Mission Impossible 2? Didn’t they look marvellous? Yes, and very soon you can buy one of those here.
If KTM drags their feet longer, Triumph would most probably be the company to introduce adventure-touring bikes in our country. They have a couple of those in the catalogue – The Tiger 800 XC and the Tiger Explorer.
If naked is how you like them, well, there are always the Speed Triple & Street Triple and for you true blue MotoGP fans they have on offer the scintillating steeds – Daytona 675 ABS and 675R.
If you have been planning a long distance cruise, they have on offer Rocket III Touring (weird name, but the touring community, as a general thing, is not known for being modest). And then there is something that Royal Enfield will be paying very close attention to – the Classic bikes – Bonneville and Thruxton. It would be interesting to see how Triumph India decides to price its retro-look bikes.
Initially, Triumph plans to bring some of the models through the CKD route and put them back together at Manesar, Haryana. The prices should be competitive, one could hope. We shall know that very soon.
We will be present at the venue of Triumph’s launch in Delhi on 28th of this month. Do not forget to tune in!
– by Sufi