The three motorcycles in question are – the Triumph Tiger 1200, the Tiger 800 and the Bonneville Speedmaster.
Triumph is going full throttle in expanding their product portfolio in India. The British bike maker has realised that there is a hunger amongst enthusiasts for high displacement motorcycles of all-body styles. It is no wonder, then, that the company has been bringing in their products to India just a few months after its global launch. Last year, the company brought in the new Street Triple in both its variants – the S and the RS. This year they intend to bring in three new motorcycles to Indian shores – the Bonneville Speedmaster, the Tiger 800 and the Tiger 1200.
Triumph took the wraps off the Bonneville Speedmaster in October last year and later debuted in India at the 2017 India Bike Week. The Bonneville Speedmaster is based on the Bonneville Bobber, but in terms of design, it is more practical and touring friendly. Aside from the addition of the rear seat, the Speedmaster’s ergonomics are different too. That being said, the Speedmaster shares the same engine as the Bobber – a 1200cc parallel-twin that makes 76bhp and 106Nm. This engine comes mated with a 6-speed transmission. With ride-by-wire as standard in the Speedmaster, it gets two riding modes – road and rain. Safety features include ABS and switchable traction control. We have already ridden the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster, click here for a detailed review. Triumph is expected to launch the Bonneville Speedmaster in a few months time.
At 2017 EICMA, Triumph also showcased the new Tiger 800 with nearly 200 changes from the previous generation model. Like the current generation model, the 2018 Tiger too will come with a range of variants and sub-variants that are either road-biased or off-road focused. The biggest update in the Tiger 800 is the new 800cc three-cylinder engine. Although it continues to make 94bhp, Triumph claims that the power delivery now comes lower in the rev range. To make it a more capable off-roader, the first gear has now been shortened. Other features include a TFT instrumentation, six riding modes, a stiffer chassis and updated styling.
Triumph will also launch the new-generation Tiger 1200 in India. The company has ditched the Explorer suffix from this Tiger and now calls it the Tiger 1200. The design of the 2018 Tiger 1200 is more chiselled, but it retains the signature cues of the existing model. Triumph has also worked towards shedding some weight off the Tiger 1200. At the heart, the 1200cc engine remains the same and now churns out 141bhp and 122Nm. Just like the smaller Tiger, this new model also comes a TFT instrument cluster. The flagship Tiger offering comes with a long list of safety features including cornering ABS, hill hold function, keyless go, shift assist and updated cruise control. There is still no confirmation from Triumph about which variants of the Tiger will be launched in India.