Sources have confirmed that this 267-350cc (depending on the country it’s sold in), single-cylinder motorcycle will be built in Brazil via completely knocked down (CKD) units made in Thailand. It will be an affordable and fun-to-ride motorcycle with typical Triumph-roadster looks and handling. And after gaining a foothold with their big bikes, Triumph will no doubt bring this motorcycle to India. It will be introduced worldwide in 2012 and we expect this bike to be launched in India in 2013.
If current Triumphs are anything to go by, we expect a hooligan tool with loads of character that offers the true Triumph experience, albeit in a low-cost package with no frills. It’s the first single-pot Triumph since the Tiger Cub back in 1958 and it looks like a fantastic way to return to the segment for sure!
Here are the key features of the bike: Short tail section looks ultra-sporty. Wish it had an underseat exhaust too! Front-heavy stance and a twin-spar frame ensures slice ‘n’ dice handling. Fat front forks and chunky rubber help too. Don’t expect adjustable forks, though Design draws heavy inspiration from its bigger Speed Triple and Street Triple siblings. Size should be chunky yet manageable The ‘face’ might feature a single stylised headlight or might go the wolf-eye way to maintain visual link to the big triples. Aspirational value sells in developing markets, you see Air-scoop/tank extension cowl thingy looks out of place. Why not go neo-retro all the way, Triumph?! The 267-350cc single-cylinder four-valve motor puts out an estimated 27-32 bhp. Fuelling should be handled by an EFI system, while the gearbox is expected to be a six-speed unit Rear gets a monoshock, probably gas-charged, and will likely be adjustable for preload only
A Harley-baiter. Strictly for the posers and it’ll go fast enough too. Well, fast enough for the posers, at least. If the absence of a ‘V’ shape under the tank doesn’t bother you, this will do well to charm them onlookers.
Quick numbers: 865cc,
250 kg, 60 bhp, 7.34 kgm
A legendary name on a capable enduro. This big cat will roar along doing most things well without getting pushed around by its environment and will eat rough-road runs three times a day. Time to get that pet you always wanted.
Quick numbers: 1050cc, 228 kg/
245 kg, 113 bhp, 9.99 kgm
Imagine King Kong on two wheels wearing a Union Jack. Now imagine three of them, and you have the Rocket III. Stories were whispered with awe of the III out-accelerating the Yamaha R1... with a pillion. The rear tyre wouldn’t grip with the rider alone, they said. Pure, tyre-shredding respect. For those who want to leave a long trail of rubber smoke all the way to the horizon, there’s always the Touring version....
Quick numbers: 2294cc,
367 kg/395 kg, 105 bhp, 20.70 kgm!
Madness on two wheels. The Speed Triple is a legendary hooligan and has carved out a reputation for itself due to its sheer determination to cause havoc. It escapes from the land of speeding tickets and finds itself in India. Question is, can you keep up?
Quick numbers: 1050cc,
214 kg, 133 bhp, 11.31 kgm
Lovechild of the Speed Triple and Thunderbird. It results in a bored out engine and round twin headlamps. Dark and evil, it’s more ‘drag strip’ than ‘boulevard’.
Quick numbers: 1699cc,
339 kg, 97 bhp, 15.90 kgm
As self-explanatory as it gets.
A milestone of retro cool, the Scrambler makes us want to execute a daring prison escape a la Mr McQueen. Or perhaps ride across dusty flatlands, kicking up mile-high rooster tails while getting it sideways. Picture perfect.
Quick numbers: 865cc, 230 kg, 58 bhp, 6.93 kgm
A two-wheeled express. As its name suggests, the Sprint GT is a grand tourer that can sprint...hmm. Redundant statements aside, this bike is for those who want to hunt down apexes on the way to the other side of the subcontinent. Long-distance GPs, anyone?
Quick numbers: 1050cc,
265 kg, 128 bhp, 11.01 kgm
A Triumph cafe racer. For those who want classic-style knee downs. Plant a sign called ‘Ace Cafe’ at the end of your favourite twisty stretch and go nuts ‘til the tarmac’s got grooves in it. We’re waiting to do just that.
Quick numbers: 865cc, 230 kg, 68 bhp, 7.03 kgm
Bonneville (Stock, SE, T100)
The one that makes our collective knees go weak. The name, the aura, the history – it’s almost as if the motorcycle is secondary. Of course it isn’t – it’s a beautiful motorcycle, it defines ‘retro’ and is a great all-rounder to boot. For those who want to go back in time with style.
Quick numbers: 865cc, 225 kg/225 kg/230 kg, 67 bhp, 6.93 kgm