New ’Baby’ Triumph models on the way: official
Company’s tie-in with Bajaj about to bear fruitby Harry Fisher, on
Triumph saying that details of a new range of 200-750cc bikes developed in conjunction with Indian company Bajaj for global sale will be announced soon. So, this is a teaser of a teaser....!
Development of ’Baby’ Triumph Range Under Way
Triumph has teased that it will release a teaser about its new range of small-displacement bikes that are being developed in partnership with Indian company Bajaj. Since 2020, we have known that the two companies are working together to develop a range of small motorcycles in the 200-750cc category.
While Covid has delayed the project, progress is going well. Miles Perkins, Head of Brand Management for Triumph, has said that everything is on track. No particular model details have been revealed it is known that the models are intended for global release rather than concentrating on the Asian market which traditionally consumes smaller-capacity models.
“That’s going great guns,’ he said. "I have seen the development motorcycles and the prototype for those, it’s all on track. We haven’t yet confirmed exactly what the bikes are and exactly when we will launch them but news is forthcoming soon.
“The relationship with Bajaj and conversations I have had with the team over there and the engineering team working with them are very like-minded and passionate individuals, and their focus and commitment is outstanding.
“They have similar leadership family principles and values. The working relationship is strong, the design development is completely Triumph, these are Triumphs and the partnership is building it and selling them around the world.
“What Bajaj brings is phenomenal in terms of the ability to develop quality in this volume, especially in the lower capacity range.”
At the same time, Perkins gave more insight into the TE-1 electric bike project.
“The TE-1 Prototype project, it’s a prototype platform development as in it is not an actual motorcycle available for sale, it’s a project with which we are learning and developing the team’s experience but also developing the partnership of technology with several partners for a full on electric Triumph platform that will follow in years to come as a project.
“ We were shown the sketch and the bike is now built, so we have a rolling prototype and that bike is about to go into the first phase of testing.
“We won’t necessarily see spy shots of that going around but we will be sharing imagery and an opportunity for people to see the rolling prototype, but then it has to do the job it has been built to do so in the middle of next year or beginning of next year, more than likely we will have the results testing and we will fit the bodywork to match the sketches and give everyone a chance to have a good look at it.”
We’re not sure what they’re drinking and eating at Triumph but it’s obviously working: new models galore - Tiger Sport 660, new Tiger 1200, Speed Triple RR, off-road bikes and now a whole new category of small-capacity bikes. Next, they’ll tell us that the Triumph Stag sports car is going to be resurrected, complete with V8 motor.
OK, so maybe that’s a bit far-fetched, but you get my point.