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PIX: British bike icon Triumph now in India

Last updated on: June 30, 2011 12:58 IST

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Faisal Ali Khan, Motorbeam.com

The recent rush in the economy has led to every major automobile player entering into India. In cars it was Ferrari, Maserati, Bugatti, Aston Martin and the likes. When it comes to bikes, there was Ducati, Harley Davidson and big bikes from Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki.

Now it seems there is another iconic bike maker said to join the party and they have just announced it very formally to all!

Yes, iconic British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph has announced its intention to enter the Indian market!

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The company which is more than a century old is touted to be the fastest growing motorcycle brand in the world and produces 50,000 motorcycles every year. Ashish Joshi has been appointed as the managing director (he was previously at Royal Enfield, Europe).

The bikes will only roll out next year with 10 service centres being setup across India.

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Nick Bloor, CEO of Triumph Motorcycles, UK commencted "India is a very important motorcycle market and Triumph has assessed it carefully before deciding to step in. We see it as the next step in our global business model. The appointment of Ashish Joshi is a signal of our seriousness about success in India. I wish him the best and look forward to comprehensive growth from the Indian market."

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So with everything set to roll, what can we expect from Triumph?

For starters, their bike will be CBU (completely built units) so don't expect them to be priced cheap or anyway close to what Harley Davidson has priced its motorcycles in India!

But CBU in a way is good as that ensures that the company will offer all its products in India. However, there are two such products which any motorcycle fan will be aware of. So let us dwell more into them.

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The Triumph Bonneville is a hot favourite of all bike fanatics. The bike got its name as it was made to make world motorcycle speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.

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The current T100h which will make it to India looks the same as the old model, making it a retro machine. It features spoked wire wheels, fork gaiters, twin 'peashooter' exhausts, chromed engine covers and two-tone tank colour scheme.

The best thing about this bike? To retain the 'retro' styling the fuel injectors are hidden behind throttle bodies designed to resemble carburettors.

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The Triumph Rocket III is the largest displacement engine of any mass production motorcycle. Which means that the 2294cc produces a massive 200Nm of torque and 140bhp of power.

The bike is pretty quick for a 319 kg machine and can outrun almost all sports bike in its 0-100 kmph sprint.

The Rocket III also succesfully reached its electronic top speed setting the world land speed record for a production motorcycle over 2000cc.

The Rocket III is so popular that it finds a place in the UK National Motorcycle Museum.

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