With automakers like BMW Motorrad and Bajaj entering the 350-450cc segment, it may no longer be such a taboo. Both roadster and scrambler have been recently spotted in India, near the Bajaj plant in Pune. Triumph's UK R&D division designed these new motorcycles, and Bajaj will handle production.
A round headlamp and rearview mirrors contribute to the retro theme. It has fine detailing on exposed engine parts which improves the appearance and feel.
Triumph's new entry-level roadster is built around a tubular frame and a cast swingarm. It rides on 17-inch wheels on both ends, which are fitted with 110/70 front and 150/60 rear tyres. Some features appear to be inspired by the Bonneville range and the latest Trident 660.
Triumph can target many markets around the world with its new entry-level motorcycles. Significant opportunities exist in countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines.
Triumph 350-450cc motorcycles could be released for around £5000 to £5500, roughly Rs 4.80 lakh to Rs 5.28 lakh. They will undoubtedly be the smallest capacity and the most-affordable Triumph motorcycles.
Triumph is also developing a scrambler version on the same platform. Triumph's new entry-level scrambler, which has been spotted in India, comes with some more prominent features.
Triumph's new sub-500cc motorcycles in India are expected to start at around Rs 2 lakh. Pricing must be competitive if Bajaj-Triumph is to compete with formidable rivals like Royal Enfield. Bajaj has recently also acquired the rights to the British motorcycle brand Vincent Motorcycles.