Triumph has a Thai assembly faility...???
Gee... I've never heard a thing about that from them... I wonder why???
Could it be that Triumph wants to keep the appearance of building all "Brit bikes"... when that is not totally true???
What will they do to crack the Indian tarif hex..? A factory there too, as Harley is building?
they have had a thai parts manurfacturing facility for years. they dont assemble whole bikes there.
the bikes are designed by the british, steel is steel wherever its forged, cut and shaped. if they didnt make the parts in a cheaper place we wouldnt get the bikes for the competative prices we expect and they would be critisised for being expencive for something similar to the ja
" steel is steel wherever its forged"
steel is not just steel and there a varying qualities of steel and yes the quality is dependant on the country of origin and company of manufacture and the quality of raw materials used.
>they have had a thai parts manurfacturing facility for years. they dont assemble whole bikes there. <
Yes, they have had frame/tin ware/parts maufactruring in Thailand for years...
But the "classic twins" production was moved there in 2007...
They have never "advertised" the move... They still are tight lipped about it...
It is the worst kept seceret in the industry... My "surprised response" was totally tonque in cheek...
125 is the way to go, you crack that market and your made.
Best of luck Triumph (make mine a triple)
The classic range is made out there as SCbonneville has said and if you look at the quality of those after a year or two they are nowhere near as good as the models produced previously.
That backs up Evils comment ref steel quality, for sure a small bike made there would be ok just for the economics but i hope they don't eventually produce all their bikes there.
Thats exactly what it will be , a chinese bike built in thailand with a triumph name plate . But with a stupid retail price for the privlege of owning one .
SO WATCH THAT SPACE .
Triumph could build a small capacity machine that could nudge both sets of 'nese out of the picture. 125 to 350 cc models, cheaper than a jap bike and not built out of leftover scrap like a chinese bike. Didn't the original firm consider plastic framed mopeds built fast and cheap to stop them going under? But the idea was ignored by the then owners bleating on about branding.
Good idea, a range of smaller machines to bring in new riders to the marque.
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