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Details Emerge On Triumph’s Adventure Bikes

Posted in Baja, Corner Carvers, General, Motorcycle, Off-Roading by Kurt Ernst | September 3rd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Another month, another teaser video for the upcoming Triumph adventure bikes. We’ve been following their development, and I posted some speculation on what the new bikes might turn out to be last month. It turns out I was partially right, so maybe my next career should be as a weatherman.

Triumph has cleared up some of the mystery, at least. There will be two bikes, but both will use an 800cc long stroke triple derived from the Daytona 675 sport bike. Both bikes will use a tubular steel frame, similar to what Triumph’s been using for years on their Speed Triple. Both bikes will be set up for touring, but here’s where the similarities end.

One adventure bike will be set up for street riding, with a 17” wheel and a rider forward position to put more weight on the front tire. Suspension will be optimized for street riding, with reduced travel and firmer springs and dampers. I’d expect hard bags as a standard feature (or as an optional accessory if the price is right), and mud guards or skid plates probably won’t be part of the decor.

The second bike will have an off-road focus, complete with 21” front wheel, a more upright riding position and a long travel suspension. Panniers or heavy-duty hard bags should be available, and the bike needs to come with skid plates and mudguards to keep the dino-juice inside the crankcase. I’d also expect a larger gas tank, since any off road bike needs to get you both there and back.

Triumph is still a month or so away from announcing availability or pricing, but I’m encouraged to see them use so many off-the-shelf parts on the new bikes. If they can keep costs low and functionality high, they should see decent sales of both models in the coming year.

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