Triumph is expected to soon reveal a range of small-capacity models built in collaboration with Indian manufacturing giant Bajaj Auto, to sit below its current 900- and 1200-class offerings in its Modern Classics line-up.
With the release of new colour schemes across its 2023 Modern Classics range this month, Triumph has re-named its Street Twin to Speed Twin 900, and Street Scrambler to Scrambler 900. In turn, the current Speed Twin will now be referred to as the Speed Twin 1200 to reflect its larger engine displacement.
INFO MOTO predicts that Triumph is making room for new entry-level models under its Modern Classics umbrella, which will maintain its naming conventions and utilise small-capacity single-cylinder engines, likely in the 350- and 500-classes.
A Triumph ‘Scrambler 500’, for instance, would now neatly fit in line beneath the Scrambler 900 and Scrambler 1200.
New sub-650cc Bonneville variants could crucially give Triumph competitors to the likes of the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and the upcoming BSA Gold Star, as well as smaller bikes like the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Honda CB350.
In 2020, Triumph inked a deal with manufacturing giant Bajaj to produce small-capacity motorcycles for the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) markets. BMW’s G 310 R naked and KTM’s RC 390 sportsbike are both huge sellers in the aforementioned markets and built under similar joint venture agreements.
Earlier this year, overseas sharpshooters spied what appeared to be the first products of Triumph’s tie-in with Bajaj – two single-cylinder prototypes with typical Triumph modern retro styling reminiscent of the larger Street Twin (now Speed Twin 900) and Scrambler.
Both test mules rode on the same basic platform, with the so-called ‘Street Single’ the more conventional with 17-inch wheels and a low-slung single-exit exhaust, while the other took on a slightly more off-road look with a 19-inch front wheel, upswept exhaust and two-piece seat.
INFO MOTO expects the initial Indian-built Triumph models to launch as early as next year, however, it remains unclear if this platform is being developed for the Australian market.
Triumph Motorcycles Australia this month released its 2023 Modern Classics which debut new colour schemes across the entire line-up. Pricing remains unchanged, with the newly named Speed Twin 900 checking in from $16,190 rideaway, followed by the Scrambler 900 ($18,590), Bonneville T100 ($18,290), Bonneville T120 ($20,890), Speed Twin 1200 ($21,090), Scrambler 1200 ($23,450), Bobber ($22,490), Speedmaster ($22,490) and range-topping Thruxton RS ($25,990).
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