Heavy Bikes On Indian Roads

By Divya Sai on 1/30/2008

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2300 cc Bike on Indian Roads

After Harley Davidson, now its UK's famous bike manufacturer Triumph's turn to run and burn its tyres on Indian roads, by the end of this year.

"We plan to get in a series of models from our line-up," Nick Bloor, whose family owns the Triumph brand, said.
Bloor, the export manager for the company, said Triumph was negotiating with seven to eight firms in India, that includes Bajaj Auto and a lifestyle product maker.
"We are here to formulate a strategy for getting into India and are confident to find a partner by the middle of this year," he said.

The models that the company is planning to launch includes 2300-cc 'Rocket III Touring' cruiser, covered in chrome and infused with Triumph's original and authentic styling.

Urban sports bikes like the 675-cc 'Street Triple' and the amazing 'Daytona 675', that won the Best Supersport in both the Supertest and Masterbike 2007 track tests in Spain, could also come in. 

However, with import duty, price could be a deterrent. The Rocket III, the company's flagship product, costs around 12,000 pounds in the UK and would cost you well over Rs 18 lakh after a duty of about 110%

"These products cater to a different and niche segment and we come here with an eye on the future. We feel it is an exciting market with fantastic growth potential," Bloor said. 

Modern classics like the 865-cc 'Bonneville' and a deluxe version of the sixties icon, the 'Bonneville T100' could also come in.

"Powered by air-cooled parallel twins, their performance, brakes and fuel injection are tuned to current times, even though they are classic," Bloor said.

So, when are you planning to ride one ?

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