While motorcycle sales overall are down, bikes in the supermoto and adventure touring format continue to sell in reasonable quantities. BMW has no problem selling GS1200 models, despite their massive size and accompanying cost. Suzuki has sold a boatload of V-Strom models, even though they’re focused heavily on street use. One manufacturer that’s lagged behind in adventure bike sales is Triumph. The Tiger, their current on / off road offering, is more of an off-road styled touring bike than it is a true dual purpose. Like the BMW, it’s big and heavy; unlike the BMW, it doesn’t carry the bulk of its weight low, which makes it a terrifying handful to keep pointed in the right direction when the going gets slippery.
About a month ago, Triumph began teasing a new line of adventure bikes. The initial 30 second video wasn’t worth posting since there was no relevant content in it. The newly released vid (above) at least shows you a little more about what Triumph is working on. I’m only speculating here, but I’d be very surprised if Triumph didn’t release a 675cc version and a 1,050cc version. Both motors already exist and could be tuned for favorable off-roading. Triumph would become the first manufacturer to produce an off-road triple, which certainly would set them apart from the rest of the field.
On the other hand, there’s a lot to be said for their bulletproof air and oil cooled twins. A radiator is one more thing to fail when the going gets nasty, and the 865cc parallel twin cranks out a decent amount of power to get you through the sand. A twin is far less bulky than a triple, which is a big selling point if you actually plan on riding out where the busses don’t run.
Here’s what we do know: Triumph will release more info on the engine(s) on August 4, followed by another update on the chassis on September 1 and an update on clothing & accessories on October 6. I’ve always been a fan of the bikes from Hinckley, so I’ll get you an update as soon as Triumph releases more info.
Source: Two Wheels Blog