Out of the 20 two-wheelers produced by Triumph motorbikes currently, 17 are street bikes. The Tiger 850 Sport is the smallest of the three big adventure bikes, while the Tiger 850 Sport is the largest. Triumph does not participate in any official factory racing, which is a departure from almost all mainstream bikes brands. Triumph has just announced it’s out to win on the dirt with a new line of motocross and enduro motorcycles that will participate in factory racing efforts in both these disciplines. Triumph has recruited two multi-championship-winning riders, Ricky Carmichael from America and Ivan Cervantes of Spain to help with development.
Beyond the stated intent, we don’t know much about what’s next. For example, how many bikes will there be and what displacements. The famed Austrian offroad bike brand KTM has 33 dirt-flingers in motocross, enduro and supermoto disciplines. It uses 11 displacements with four-stroke, two-stroke and electric powerplants. Triumph offers many options. According to the company’s “commitment” to racing and winning at the highest level of the sport, there will be both 250-cc- and 450cc four-stroke models. These can be used in both European and American disciplines. This is a significant investment by the brand. Its current competitive efforts consist of supplying engines for MotoGP’s Moto2 series, and supporting Dynavolt Triumph in the British Supersport Championship.
Triumph was a big fan of racing. He won the second-ever Isle of Man TT title in 1908 and set a land speed record on Bonneville Salt Flats in 1956. Although not a factory effort before Steve McQueen made Baja Boot the best thing, he raced motorcycles and turned his Triumph Bonneville into an award-winning scrambler. McQueen’s stunt double Bud Ekins, McQueen’s friend, rode his Triumph TR6 SCT in victory in the International Six Days Enduro in 1962. This was seven years before McQueen won the first Baja 500 in Baja Boot.
The off-road motorcycle sector has grown and thrived during the pandemic. Triumph’s expansion of its range of hard-core dirt bikes will keep customers loyal to the brand throughout the year and beyond. We anticipate more information about what’s coming before the end, possibly at EICMA, Milan, Italy, in November.
Published on Tue, 20 July 2021 at 19:10:06 (+0000).