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Triumph Motorcycles review - A ‘Triumph'ant entry

Team Smartbuy | Updated on: Aug 17, 2011
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Triumph, the British motorcycle manufacturer, is all set to enter the Indian market with its iconic bikes.

First established in 1902 and now based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK, Triumph Motorcycles has in recent years been the fastest growing motorcycle brand in the world. For many years Triumph has produced a wide range bikes which perfectly blend design, character, charisma and performance.

The innovation and engineering that gave birth to the iconic Bonneville of the 1960s has today created a broad range of bikes suited to all motorcycle riders, including the striking 2.3-litre Rocket III, the unmistakable Speed Triple, the award-winning Daytona 675 supersport machine and the recently launched Tiger 800. Triumph combines the very latest design and manufacturing facilities with the character and design flair that has always been associated with the famous swooping badge.

Triumph Bonneville

Triumph Bonneville takes the style and spirit of the 1970s and blends in modern engineering to create a classic British twin for the 21st century rider. The air-cooled 865cc power plant styled to look like an authentic parallel-twin of the 1960s, right down to the ‘carburettors' that hide the modern fuel injectors and dummy pushrod tubes! A healthy 68PS and 68Nm of torque give the modern day Bonneville peppy performance that is at home both in the city and on the open road. Lightweight 17-inch cast alloy wheels make the Bonneville agile and easy to ride, while the low 740mm seat height makes it accessible to motorcyclists of all ages and experience, while short mudguards and stylish chrome megaphone silencers complete the 1970s look.

Triumph Daytona 675R

The ultimate road and trackday bike, the Daytona 675R sports is factory-fitted with Öhlins suspension usually found on the racetrack or ultra-exotic Italian machines. Further track-spec items included as standard on the Daytona 675R include a standard-fit quickshifter and a host of carbon fibre bodywork, including hugger, silencer heat shield and front mudguard. The Daytona 675R also utilises the Daytona 675's comprehensive instrumentation, which includes a lap timer and programmable gear change lights. Sporty new graphics include a unique Triumph tank script, while the special colour scheme further confirms the Daytona 675R's premium status. The sparkling Crystal White bodywork is contrasted with a race style black belly pan and distinctive red subframe.

Triumph Rocket III Roadster

With its 2,294cc three-cylinder engine, the Rocket III Roadster is home to the world's largest production motorcycle engine. Delivering a 221Nm wallop of torque at just 2,750rpm, the Rocket III Roadster delivers a riding experience unmatched by anything else on two wheels. With its mid-mounted pegs and relatively upright riding position, the Roadster takes on a streetfighter stance and delivers an attitude-laden ride that every motorcyclist should experience at least once in their two-wheeled career. In addition to the popular metallic Phantom Black, it comes in two flamboyant colour schemes: Phantom Red Haze and Phantom Blue Haze.

Triumph Speed Triple

More than just brute metal, the Speed Triple sports an 118bhp, DOHC, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder engine, which packs an impressive 100Nm of torque, with the emphasis on low and mid-range punch. Instant throttle response is assured in any of the 6-gears and is accompanied by the spine-tingling, unmistakable triple-cylinder howl. Its uncompromising, brutal looks have become something of an icon for those who prefer their motorcycling to have a raw, rebellious edge.

Triumph Tiger 800

New for 2011, the Triumph Tiger 800 sees the British manufacturer enter the middleweight adventure sector for the first time. The Tiger 800 features a tough steel frame capable of carrying large amounts of luggage and coping with the rough and tumble of off-piste riding. Ten-spoke alloy wheels, 19-inch at the front and 17-inch at the rear, allow for the fitment of a wide range of tyres, from dirt-biased dual purpose items to pure road rubber for those who wish to take advantage of the Tiger 800's qualities as an excellent bike to commute and tour on. A class-leading 19-litre fuel tank ensures infrequent stops for the Tiger 800 rider.

Published on July 13, 2011
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