The first Triumph-Bajaj small capacity, affordable motorcycle seems launch ready. The latest set of spyshots reveal that the first motorcycle from the Triumph-Bajaj motorcycle alliance will be a roadster that has Triumph’s design influence all over. The motorcycle features a liquid cooled, fuel injected, four stroke single cylinder engine whose capacity is likely to be between 250-350cc, or slightly more.
The 110 section front tyre and 150 section rearr tyre indicate a small capacity motor. Also, Triumph’s Chief Product Officer Steve Sargent has confirmed to MCN that the new range of Triumph-Bajaj motorcycles will operate in the middle-weight segment, with engine capacities ranging between 250cc and 650cc.
This is what he said,
The Bajaj tie-up is about middleweight capacity bikes. So, we would say middleweights probably start at 250 and go up to maybe 650. So, bikes in that kind of capacity range is what we’re working on. One of the big areas is obviously the collaboration that we have with Bajaj. What we’re trying to do is stretch the range into areas where Triumph hasn’t historically been – giving new people an opportunity to come into the Triumph brand. Suddenly, that opens up a huge market in places like Indonesia and the Philippines, where there’s huge demand for motorcycles. Indonesia is absolutely massive for motorcycles, but we’ve always been at a price point above where the volume of the market is and just going into those Bajaj models just gives us an opportunity to grow our presence in markets where we’ve not been as big before. Once people are in the Triumph brand a lot of people stay with us because they like what we do, they like our image. They like the dealership network, and the experience they get out of it.
The new Triumph-Bajaj roadster features upside down front forks and a monoshock rear suspension. The teardrop tank, long seat meant for two people, digital instrument cluster, all-LED lighting with a round headlamp, a tubular frame, alloy wheels, tubeless tyres and retro-styling are some of the key features the Triumph-Bajaj roadster will have. There’s a scrambler version of this very bike being tested abroad, and that’s likely to follow the Roadster into the market.
While Triumph will distribute the new Roadster and Scrambler small capacity retro-modern motorcycles from its dealerships, manufacturing of these motorcycles is expected to be carried out by Bajaj Auto. Bajaj may also gets its own version of the Roadster and Scrambler small capacity premium motorcycles – in a set-up similar to the TVS-BMW Motorrad alliance. In the TVS-BMW alliance, TVS builds motorcycles here in India, while BMW sells it both in India and markets abroad. TVS also sells the Apache RR 310 – a motorcycle born out of this alliance – from its showrooms in India.