We’re finally going to get to see the long-awaited result of the link-up between the British and Indian factories!
We’ve been talking about what might come of the link-up between Triumph and Bajaj for what feels like forever – and following the news that there’s an announcement coming in a few months’ time, a spate of snaps have emerged which give us the best hint yet of what we can expect. Although we haven’t managed to get our hands on the images that are doing the rounds on the internet (due to copyright issues), it’d appear that Triumph and Bajaj are well on their way with the first bike which has been created together, as a selection of spy shots have emerged which show a non-badged adventure-style bike undergoing final testing.
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The expectation was that Triumph and Bajaj would join forces to create a range of small and mid-capacity machines which would appeal to more budgetconscious bikers (as well as those on Bajaj’s home soil in India). And although we have no idea about pricing at this stage, the images do confirm that the bike will be powered by a smaller engine than anything currently available in Triumph’s line-up. While we can’t be sure on specifics, we do know it’ll be a single cylinder motor – and a bit of common sense suggests it’ll likely sit somewhere between 350cc and 500cc.
Engine aside, we can glean key bits of information about the bike, which has a slight resemblance to a few bikes in the Triumph range. It looks as though bits of a Tiger, Bonneville and Scrambler have been thrown together to create something unique – and it looks great. It gets long-travel suspension (USD forks up front and a monoshock at the rear); spoked wheels (with a 19-inch front and a 1-inch rear); knobbly-ish tyres; and a big windscreen (nicked straight from the Scrambler).
At this stage that’s about all we’ve got to go on – but chances are more information will start to appear in the weeks and months leading up to the May announcement. Of course, this bike is one of many predicted to come from the partnership – so we can likely expect a whole host of bikes built around the same chassis and engine platform to be revealed in the nottoo- distant future. For now though, it looks as though Triumph and Bajaj have got their sights firmly set on Royal Enfield, who have been cleaning up in the small/ mid-capacity adventure bike market with their keenlypriced Himalayan.
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