Triumph 125cc rumours re-emerge

They denied it before, but is the mini-Triumph now on the cards?

Posted: 16 April 2012
by Visordown News

INDIAN newspaper The Hindu is reporting that Triumph is planning to launch a 125cc machine by the end of 2013 to take on the biggest sales sector of one of the world's largest motorcycle markets.

According to the paper's business section ( Triumph representatives met prospective components suppliers for the project last year, and plan to make the bike in the firm's new Indian assembly plant, which is due to be set up this year in Karnataka.

Initially, the plant will make Bonnevilles, Street Triples, Speed Triples and Daytonas, all destined for the Indian market, but it is also believed to be slated to manufacture a range of cheaper machines. A machine in the 250cc-350cc range is believed to be under development already and is likely to be built in either India or Brazil.

The creation of a 125cc machine would give Triumph not only a good position in the Indian market, where small-capacity bikes are still in the majority, but would also provide a learner-legal machine for Europe.

Although Triumph has denied the 125cc rumours in the past, small-capacity models from other manufacturers have been seen circulating at some of the British firm's favoured test tracks in recent months alongside Triumph's own new models, presumably giving Triumph a firm grasp of what its potential rivals are currently offering in the entry-level division.

The Hindu also echoes reports that Harley-Davidson is planning an Indian-specific model to be made at its own new Indian assembly plant. Although not as small as the Triumph 125, it's reckoned to be between 500cc and 750cc, making it by far the smallest (and cheapest) Harley seen in years.

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I think the 125 market would be a key developement area for the future, I think it would be a very good move

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 16:25

They have too make one, its a large market sector that leads people to their bigger bikes.

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 16:33

Far more sensible for Triumph than bothering to get wound up at the Sports bike end of the development tree.

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 16:53

its a good move for triumph and the earth's future.

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 06:25

FFS Triumph, how about making a decent 250 single like say BSA's C15 or the later 250 Star Fire single. Meridens own 250 dirt bike from the 70's was pretty good as well. OK I'm an old fart and like my bikes to look like a bike not some spindly insect on wheels.

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 08:29

A "decent single like the C15"!!!!!!!!

Are you half witted ?
Possibly one of the worst bikes even Britain could make.
ex. C15 owner (unfortunately)
There was very few good 250 c.c. motor cycles before the Japanese came along and introduced good products ,prices and engineering.

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 16:54

Yep a bike like the C15 would surely be the downfall of Triumph!
I had a C12 and even that was better than the (later) C15, at least it was reliable. Plain big end bearings on a single are not a great recipe for success..

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 18:04

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