The market has been buzzing since the last few months when reports first surfaced that Triumph, which has received iconic status in the motorcycle manufacturing fraternity of Britain, was about to make its journey to Indian shores. But, when this aspect had been highlighted for the first time, people had very vague notion regarding the same as absolutely nothing had been disclosed on the products that would be coming to India. However, as the facts were recently disclosed, it was found that Indian bike lovers had plenty of reasons to celebrate, more specifically 7 such reasons. This number has been mentioned in the context of the number of bike models that Triumph is going to launch in India.
The 7 bikes are going to be launched in all the existing bike classes – roadsters/ supersports, adventure/ touring, classics and cruisers. The bikes will cover a wide range from 675cc to as high as 2300cc.
This was confirmed in an interaction with the press by the MD, Triumph Motorcycles India, Ashish Joshi. He said that the company had undertaken long deliberations over the bike range that they would be bringing into India and had finally taken the decision of bringing these 7 models into the Indian market, which would be a glorious display of the range the Triumph has. The company had the range available to cater to the needs of different segments – right from the Super Sport 675cc bike named Daytona 675 to the Rocket III 2300cc bike. Triumph viewed the Indian market as one that offered great potential for them and they had the confidence that all their 7 models would rule their respective categories within a very short period, in lines with what they had achieved in all the markets that they had entered.
All the models would be brought to India initially in CKD form and then assembling of the same would be done in a plant in India. As of now, Triumph does not own any plants anywhere in the country; hence they have started the hunt for the same. Assembling the vehicle in India would bring down the heavy taxes that would have to be paid compared to the taxes levied on import of fully assembled bikes. The savings in cost by local assembling would be passed down to the Indian customers, thereby ensuring that they would not have to shell out huge amounts for owning the bikes.
The models that are finally entering Indian shores are – Bonneville, Street Triple, Speed Triple, Daytona 675, Tiger 800XC, Rocket III and the Triumph Storm.
As of now, there has been no revelation from Triumph regarding the pricing of the bikes. But the news that would be pleasing to all bike lovers, particularly those living in the national capital, is that the seven models will be display at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi. This is the first opportunity to view these bikes that are expected to rule Indian roads pretty soon.