Iconic bike maker Triumph Motorcycles created quite a stir among Indian bike aficionados back at the 2012 Auto Expo, which was held last year at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Back at the Auto Expo, bike lovers were seen all excited about the prospect of owning a piece of the legend that the Triumph is and such was the response to these bikes that other famous international bike makers such as the Ducati were seen wanting for more attention!
Indian biking enthusiasts are really waiting for the launch of Triumph motorcycles in India and we really have lost count of the number of Triumph India launch related queries that have come our way.
Regulars here would remember that we reported when news emerged that the bike manufacturer was allotted almost 40 acres of land at Narsapura, near Bangalore. The location was chosen owing to its proximity with the sea port that is situated nearby. The company planned to install full-fledged manufacturing units to locally produce the bikes and hence, come up with a competitive pricing. It was being said that Triumph’s Indian manufacturing facility at Karnataka would have become operational by 2015 and the unit would have had an installed capacity of 2,50,000 motorcycles per year.
Triumph will initially get the Bonneville, the Street Triple 675, the Daytona 675 and the Speed Triple to us via CKD route but safely expect the bikes to become cheaper once the production commences at bike maker’s Indian plant. Tiger 800XC, the Storm and the Rocket III, which will initially come to us thru CBU route, too will become more affordable after operations start at the local plant.
However, thanks to some issues, the company would now be seen commencing its operations at its new facility near Manesar in Haryana. The company might also commence sales this September!
As for the Karnataka plant, it will get up and running at a later stage.
Triumph has already opened a purchasing office in Gurgaon and has hired a consultant to recruit in India.
Triumph Motorcycles could have a base price of INR 5 lakhs.