Triumph building a new 300cc naked single!
Rumours are flying out of Thailand at the moment that Triumph is developing and due to start testing an all new 300cc or 350cc single cylinder naked bike.
According to Motorcycle Sport & Leisure, on sale now, a new Triumph is being lined up as an affordable entry-level bike for developed markets (US/Europe) and as a prestige model in growing markets (Asia, Africa and South America). News of the bike first emerged last month in the Brazilian magazine Motociclismo, which reports that it will be assembled in Brazil from kits sent from Thailand to a new Triumph assembly plant in Manaus.
As we already know, Triumph wants to expand its line up to 23 models across 7 categories by the end of 2012 and are keen to tap in to the rapidly expanding Asia markets. Currently, Triumph has 21 models across 6 categories; so with this model rumoured to be formally announced in 2012 there is speculation that there will be 2 variants and a new category - could this be a new Triumph Cub?
The liquid cooled four-valve single cylinder engine is rumoured to measure between 267cc and 350cc depending on the country in which it will be sold. If correct, then this would position it against KTM's 200cc Duke for India, Brazil and other developing markets.
Triumph's 800 Thailand employees are under the direction of locally based British management and outweigh the 600 strong workforce at its Hinckley HQ. The Thai operation manufactures a significant proportion of both engine and chassis components for all current models. Triumph is rumoured to be building a volume production plant in Thailand to enable it be compete in the Asian export markets to other countries throughout the region.
Naturally, Triumph have not commented on any speculation regarding the development of any new models.
Posted: 05 May 2011
|Andy on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 16:18
Rumours have abounded for some time about a new 'Tiger Cub', this would certainly fit the bill
|Aveleydave on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 16:33
Not easy to make a whole new bike for, economic reasons but, with growing popularity of the Triumph marque, young blood can be brought in with smaller models like the Japs have done for some time making foundations for a longer term brand loyalty.
|rattycrawldaddy on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 13:40
|TR on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 12:41
If true this is a wise and long sited move by Triumph. The brand still has a lot of value in the emerging markets. As these markets grow, interest in larger capacity machines will also grow.
If Triumph already have a presence, they'll be well positioned to take advantage
|Nice n Fat on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 17:03
Interesting, tho I don't know anyone who owns or rides a 350cc road bike so presumably this is not being built for the European or US markets?
|Baldbloke on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 09:26
I could see it selling up here if it was a 350cc bike. Perfect for those small country roads, and for commuting where a litre bike is too much.
|The Daw on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 18:47
Bring back the Bathtub 3TA
|ScrumpyTaz on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 13:28
For Europe, if they keep the power close to 25kW (33 bhp) then it could be a great entry into the Triumph brand for new riders on the Cat. A2 licence. Though I hear the categories are likely to change by 2013. If they want to attract anyone under the age of 30, I reckon this could be the way forward.
|nickwiz on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:55
They should do it. High time.
|Julestools on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 18:02
I could replace my Enfield with another Triumph
|Big Neil on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 23:55
I would have one, perfect back up bike.
|Tray on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 08:10
It's about time the entry bike now is the ninja 200 class that is all the rage here in CA, they soon move up but it's really the go to bike at first, also easy to convince the wife, gf, oh it's only a 200-300 so it's safe, ummm some buy it.