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Triumph Latest European Manufacturer to Form Joint Venture With Indian Concern

Yesterday, Triumph Motorcycles UK and Bajaj Auto India announced a “global partnership” to develop “mid-capacity” motorcycles drawing on the strengths of both entities.

Other European motorcycle manufactures have established joint ventures with Indian manufacturers. India itself represents a massive market for two-wheelers, and manufacturing costs in that country have proven attractive. We don’t have any additional details at this point, but you can take a look at the official press release signed by senior executives Nick Bloor of Triumph and Rajiv Bajaj for Bajaj Auto.


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23 Comments

  1. Frank says:

    Triumph possibly have a problem with people being happy with their current model and not interested in upgrading, especially as they keep on increasing the prices… already have a big factory in Thailand making Bonnevilles and the UK factory must be hugely profitable given the ruined state of Sterling.

    Are they doing the Indian tie-up to get into the India market or to export cheap models everywhere, or both. There were stories about a new Tiger Cub a few years ago but be interesting to see if they can better the latest Honda CB500..

  2. todd says:

    I wonder if VW looks sideways at Bajaj’s logo!

  3. Neil says:

    Amazing seeing Royal Enfields heading up into the Himalayas. I like Triumphs but their dealerships have been shrinking in the U.S., as have all other brands, though sales are up. Let’s see what they cook up in India.

  4. Sushanth says:

    Considering Bajaj owns a decent stake in KTM, this move should help them shore up the 500cc to 750cc market. Large motorcycle manufacturers here in India, have sucked the soul out off motorcyclists with their commuter and small displacement bikes in the name of sales. Its about time we got some more options like the rest of the biking world

  5. FASTSHIP says:

    One word: BREXIT 🙂

  6. CrazyJoe says:

    Why doesn’t India and China do what the Japanese did. Most entry level bike are 5 thousand now. The Japanese brought in some cheap reliable entry level bike and took over sales in the US. Bikes are more complicated now but India maher some nice retro looking bikes.

    I’ve been seeing Mahindra taking tractor sales from Kubuto around my area. Things are changing.

  7. Trent says:

    When I first read the article title, Indian translated to the Polaris version of the word. Am reserving judgement until there is something to judge.

  8. teelee says:

    Triumph’s made in India? Will Triumph’s be sold at Subway sandwich shops and at cheap motels, maybe small country stores…I see this special coming, buy a Triumph and get a free Coke freezy.

  9. TF says:

    Must keep an open mind……good things like IPA come from British/Indian “joint ventures”.

  10. oldjohn1951 says:

    The Bonneville has been a great seller to this point. I see a lot of them locally (Chicago) but I’m wondering if the design is getting too long in the tooth to be out there a whole lot longer. If I had Bajaj’s manufacturing capacity I would go at least one notch up and reboot the T-160V Trident design of the 1974-75 or even the Quadront they were working on prior to their collapse. Triumph could be in a tough spot when Royal Enfield finally releases the twin and Mahindra relaunches BSA.

  11. Bob says:

    COLONIZE THE COLONIZERS!!!

  12. MotoMaster39 says:

    Triumph 390 anyone!? Seems like a smart move given that Triumph doesn’t offer an entry level bike here in the states. My local KTM shop hasn’t had a 390 to check out this year because they were all spoken for, before they arrived.

    • John says:

      I’m thinking more like a 530cc twin based on their 800cc Triple. Would be great for a “Speed Twin”, “Tiger Cub”, “Tiger Trail” and other models.

      • MotoMaster39 says:

        Hard to say with any certainty this early in the game, but given that Bajaj makes a 390 for KTM, I would assume they would utilize what they already have production wise if KTM will allow it. I also think there’s gonna be a cutoff point where consumers say.. Indian made.. Okay for a small cheap bike.. not so sure I want something more complicated and powerful from there.

      • Robrod says:

        Or how about a twin of about 500cc called a “Daytona”.
        What about another “Bandit” or was that just a terrible memory for Triumph.

  13. Don says:

    Triumph could really help to make a beautiful incarnation of the 750cc Royal Enfield Interceptor a reality – wait…nah, I forgot about EPA & EURO 4,5 etc. Forget it!

  14. MGNorge says:

    Will be interesting to see the fruits of their alliance.

  15. Jdilpkle says:

    Hummmmmmmmmmm…
    Interesting. I hope the next batch of Speedys aren’t Royal Enfield quality.
    I’m leaning more towards a complete change anyway – Africa Twin on my radar..
    Hummmmmmmmmm…

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