Triumph India has sent out a press release stating that it will be launching the Triumph Speedmaster, Tiger 800 and Tiger 1200 here this year. According to the company’s Managing Director, Vimal Sumbly, the bikes will be launched within the next few months. The bikes will come via the CKD route, a move Triumph is pushing to ensure to 90 percent of its products are CKD units, thus making it more affordable than a completely built unit (CBU).
The new Tiger 800 receives more than 200 engine and chassis updates. Triumph says the motor is more responsive at low revs. Power output, at 95PS, remains unchanged. First gear is shorter while the exhaust is lighter and better-sounding as well.
The most noticeable design feature is the new LED headlamps. The bodywork gets aero diffusers to channel air away from the rider and ensures less wind noise. The riding position has been revised for more comfort while touring. Features include a colour TFT screen similar to the Street Triple RS, five-way joystick cube on the left switchgear, and more refined cruise control.
Dynamic updates include higher-spec Showa suspension and Brembo brakes. Off-road tyres are standard now while the off-road oriented XC models get a dedicated “Off-Road Pro” riding mode. We are currently en route to Morocco to ride the new Tiger 800. Stay tuned for a first ride review of the bike.
The Speedmaster is based on the Bonneville Bobber’s underpinnings but carries a different cruiser design. It features swept-back handlebars and forward-set footpegs for a laidback riding position. The rear subframe is longer, to accommodate a pillion seat. Features include LED headlamps with inset DRLs and a single-pod analogue speedometer with a digital readout.
The 1200cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine comes in High Torque (HT) spec. It makes 77PS at 6100rpm and 106Nm of torque at 4000rpm. Ride-by-wire allows for two riding modes – Road and Rain. Also on the roster are switchable traction control and cruise control.
Suspension setup includes 41mm telescopic front forks and rear adjustable monoshock. Wheels are 16-inch units at both ends. Braking is via twin 310mm Brembo discs at the front and a 255mm rear disc with ABS as standard. The Speedmaster is expected to be launched by April 2018 at a price close to Rs 10.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
We rode the Speedmaster in the United States of America and found it to be dynamic and easier to adapt to than other cruisers available in the market.