The British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. is arriving in India. Not longer but by the third quarter of 2013 the company will commence sales in the country. At present there are no dealerships for the company in India. However, Triumph will soon place three major outlets in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore at the initial phase. These outlets will also feature booking facility for customers. Later outlets will be risen up in Chandigarh, Jaipur, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Goa and Cochin.
When the iconic British bi-wheeler maker, Triumph unveiled their machines at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, the company had announced that they would launch motorcycles in the year 2012 itself. Nevertheless, the manufacturer couldn't live up to their words due to some back end inabilities. During the show, the company showcased 7 models - Bonneville, Street Triple, Speed Triple, Daytona 675, Tiger 800 XC, Thunderbird Storm, and Rocket III.
Moreover, Triumph announced their machines at some most affordable price tags during the fest. However, it wouldn't possible any more since the duty tax has gone up, rupee value has been depreciated, and higher inflation. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram had recently hiked duty tax on imported motorcycles and motorcycles with 800cc or more sized engine.
To make the machine affordable to the customers, Triumph may introduce machines through complete-knocked-down (CKD) route. However, it seems impossible since there is no much time to build up proper plant for assembling motorcycles' body parts, Triumph might be forced to go with complete-built-unit (CBU) route at the initial stage. Soon after establishing a rough manufacturing plant, the company will be starting supplying two wheelers via CKD route. The manufacturing plant has been sourced to come up in Karnataka.
The Bonneville is most affordable bike from Triumph launching on India. It come with a 865cc, Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing interval engine. It is capable to produce maximum power of 67 bhp @ 7500 rpm and maximum torque of 68 Nm @ 5800 rpm. The machine is expected to be priced around Rs.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Meanwhile, the Rocket III is the most expensive machine from the firm. It is mated with a massive 2294cc, Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder engine. The flagship motorcycle fires out 146 bhp of power @ 5750 rpm and 221 Nm @ 2750 rpm. The Rocket III is expected to be priced around Rs.10.5 lakh (ex-showroom).