Currently, the smallest Triumph motorcycles you can buy right off a showroom are the neo-retro Trident 660 and Tiger Sport 660. That’s about to change soon as a new Triumph is coming and it will be made by Bajaj.
Just like the Bajaj-Kawasaki collaboration that gave birth to the Dominar 400, the partnership between the British brand Triumph and Indian company Bajaj will bring forth a line of motorcycles that will vie in the middleweight segment. Triumph’s engineering expertise will be combined with Bajaj’s manufacturing abilities to produce a bike that’s affordable and meant for mass production. Even better, this new bike is bound for the international markets, which means there’s a huge chance that it will also be sold in the Philippines.
Displacement could run from 250cc to 650cc, but recent spy shots of the Bajaj-made Triumph point us to believe that it will be around the 400-450cc category.
The prototype spotted in the UK (near Triumph’s headquarters) highly resembles the British bikes, specifically the Bonneville T100 where the new bike will slot below. It’s in a near-production state, so the spy shots tell us a lot of what’s to come.
Seen in the prototype are Triumph signatures like the teardrop-shaped tank, the side-mounted exhaust pipes, exposed fins, chrome fuel cap opener, tubular frame, and the headlights mounted on the upside-down forks. The bike also comes with blacked-out engine bits, a single-piece seat, and tubular grab rails.
There are also hints of Trident 660 on the unnamed Bajaj-Triumph bike. These are seen on the side body panels, swingarm, and the 17-inch cast alloy wheels. The circular console up front also appears to have been taken from the current entry-level Triumph.
There are two body types for the upcoming Triumph, which are coming as either a roadster or a scrambler. The prototypes spotted are the former.
The Bajaj-Triumph bikes are expected to debut towards the end of this year, while other markets should receive them in 2023. If it were to be brought over to the Philippines, we can expect its price point to be attainable. And considering that it could come with a motor with displacement over 400cc, its status as an expressway-legal motorcycle should add to the appeal.
Of note, the Bajaj-Kawasaki Dominar 400 is currently priced at P195,000, which is one of the most affordable expressway-legal motorcycles you can buy today. Meanwhile, the Triumph Trident 660 now has a sticker price of P506,000.