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Triumph screens 007 Scrambler edition

Triumph has announced a new Scrambler 1200 007 Edition to cash in on its star billing in the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, to hit the screens in November.

The British company would have a paid a tidy sum for their first 007 film product placement which included the Scrambler 1200 and Tiger 900.

Tiger 900Tiger 900

But the limelight has been dimmed a little. They claim they are the only motorcycle in the partnership, but there is also a Ducati Scrambler in the trailer.

And the film was to have been screened in April before this limited edition model was released.

However, the film’s release has been pushed back to November because of the pandemic.

007 editionTriumph Scrambler 1200 Bond 007 limited edition

The Bond 007 edition Scrambler 1200 is limited to 200 units and costs a whopping $A27,100.

That compares with the road-based XC at $20,300 (plus on-road costs) and the off-road-oriented XE at $21,700.

Each Bond Edition motorcycle has a unique billet riser clamp with laser-etched individual edition numbering and comes with a special Bond Handover Pack that includes a numbered certificate of authenticity hand-signed by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor.

Of course, there is 007 branding, a special 007 “shutter” startup screen message, black anodized mudguards, grab rail, sump guard, and infills, black powder-coated swingarm and sprocket cover, an Arrow muffler with carbon fiber tips, a stainless steel headlight grilled, and black rear wheel adjusters.   

There are no performance updates, except the muffler.

The engine is the same 1200cc parallel-twin with 66.2kW of power and 110Nm of torque.

Product placement

Bond film No Time to DieFilming No Time to Die

The price for product placement in a movie can be up to about $A500,000, but for a Bond film it can be a whole lot more.

In fact, Heineken is believed to have paid $A65 Million to get Bond character Daniel Craig to sip their beer instead of a martini in the 2015 film, Spectre.

So we have no idea how much Triumph has paid to have the modified Scrambler 1200 and Tiger 900 included.

Bond film No Time to DieCraig’s stunt double on the Triumph Scrambler 1200

So why is a baddy riding an 803cc Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled in the main chase scene?

Bond film No Time to DieDucati Scrambler Desert Sled

Bond film espionage?

Has Ducati snuck in some free screen time in an apt case of Bond film espionage or did they pay, too?

Or is this a deliberate effort by Triumph to make their scrambler competitor look bad by being associated with buddies while their Scrambler is associated with the hero?

Bond movies are usually associated with exotic cars, but motorcycles have also featured over the years.

Most have been BMW vehicles, although there was a run of Ford-owned cars for a while, including Aston Martin.

Bond film No Time to DieGood to see Bond back in an Aston Martin DB5 for No Time To Die (with a Ducati in pursuit)

Bond rode a three-wheeled Honda US90 in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever, a Cagiva W16 in 1995’s Goldeneye and a BMW R 1200 C cruiser in the Vietnam chase scene in the ’97 Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies.

Bond filmBond slides a BMW cruiser

There was also a Honda Montesa Cota 4RT in the 2008 Quantum of Solace and Aussie stunt rider Robbie Maddison road a Honda CRF2050R across Istanbul rooftops in 2012’s Skyfall.

Meanwhile, BMW has dominated the Mission Impossible and Jason Bourne movie franchises and Ducati has not been shy about product placement with the Venom and CHiPs movies.

Of course, Triumph has probably the most memorable motorcycle scene from any movie.

Their TR6 was used as a Nazi BMW in the chase scene in 1963 film, The Great Escape.

Former TT racer and larrikin daredevil Guy Mart in plans to replicate that jump on a Triumph Scrambler 1200 this Sunday (8 December 2019).

Guy Martin practises Great Escape jumpGuy practises for his jump attempt

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph updates Street Triple R

Triumph’s updated Street Triple R with new styling and a cleaner, more responsive 765cc engine will hit Australia in the second quarter.

Pricing will be released close to the release but as an indication the previous R model cost $15,950 (plus on-road costs), while the S is $14,100 and RS is $17,650.

Like the S and RS, the new R gets the updated styling.

Street Triple R stylingTriumph Street Triple R

  • Twin LED headlights;
  • New sporty bodywork;
  • Compact muffler;
  • Restyled mirrors with more adjustability;
  • New paint and graphics schemes with red rear sub-frame.

Like before, there is a low version with a 780mm seat height.

Engine updatesTriumph Street Triple R

The engine is now Europe 5 compliant with 88kW of power and 77NM of torque.

Triumph claims it has a more responsive feel, thanks to 7% reduced rotational inertia.

They also claim it improves low and midrange usable torque.

It comes now comes with three riding modes (Road, Rain and Sport)

There is also a new Triumph Shift Assist up and down quickshifter with slip and assist clutch.

It also features Brembo calipers, hi-spec fully adjustable Showa suspension and Pirelli Rosso III tyres.

Accessories include:Triumph Street Triple R

  • Scrolling LED indicators
  • Water resistant luggage with quick release mount;
  • Colour-coordinated belly pan and seat cowl;
  • Fly screen visor;
  • Machined mirrors and reservoirs;
  • Arrow slip-on silencer;
  • Tail tidy;
  • Internally wired heated grips; and
  • Paddock stand bobbins.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph and Bajaj to build small bikes

Triumph Motorcycles has finally signed a deal with Bajaj Auto India to build small-capacity bikes in India after more than five years of negotiation.

The British manufacturer announced the deal in 2017 but has only now formally commenced their “exciting, long term, non-equity partnership” in Pune, India.

Triumph joins other motorcycle manufacturers as diverse as BMW and Harley-Davidson to make bikes in India for the world.

There is no word yet on when these small-capacity bikes from 200-750cc will come to Australia.

Bajaj Auto Dominar 400Bajaj Auto Dominar 400

We don’t believe it would dent the perceived value of the brand since they have been making most of their bikes in neighbouring Thailand for several years now.

In fact, it should help keep a lid on prices and give Triumph more much-needed learner-approved motorcycles. Currently their only LAMS bike is the Street Triple S 660.

Official statementTriumph Bonneville 900 Street Scrambler

Here is the official statement form the two companies on the launch of the deal:

This is a unique moment, where two world-class companies that are passionate, as well as product focused, are coming together to build a brand new range of mid-capacity motorcycles.

The partnership will see the two companies with their respective strengths in large and small capacity motorcycles collaborate to design, engineer, and manufacture a range of mid-capacity motorcycles.

The iconic Triumph brand will seek to further expand its global reach, with the partnership offering a new mid-sized sector opportunity and, importantly, a new entry point to several high-volume emerging markets, including India and other Asian markets.

The strategic partnership will benefit both parties with Bajaj becoming one of Triumph’s key distribution partners in crucial new markets for the Triumph brand around the globe.  Going forward Bajaj will take over Triumph’s Indian distribution activities, at a date yet to be confirmed, leveraging the great expertise that Bajaj has in this region. In their other key overseas markets, where Triumph is not currently present, Bajaj will represent Triumph and offer the new mid capacity bikes as part of the full Triumph line-up.  In all other markets where Triumph is present today, the motorcycles developed together from this partnership will join the current Triumph product portfolio and be distributed by the Triumph led dealer network worldwide. This will truly unlock the potential on a global scale.

The Triumph-Bajaj collaboration will combine strengths in design, technology, cost-competitive manufacturing and an intimate knowledge of key target markets to deliver a range of winning products and business success.

The partnership will build new engine and vehicle platform in the mid-capacity range (200- 750cc) and offer multiple options to address different segments in this class. The proposition will be aspirational and affordable with a targeted pricing starting under INR 2 lacs (about $A4100) in India. This will create a new entry point to the Triumph range around the world, and ensure Triumph can compete in important large segments of the global motorcycle market, and attract new customers to the brand.

Triumph Motorcycles CEO, Nick Bloor, said: “This is an important partnership for Triumph and I am delighted that it has now formally commenced.  As well as taking our brand into crucial new territories, the products that will come out of the partnership will also help attract a younger, but still discerning, customer audience and is another step in our ambitions to expand globally, particularly in the fast-growing markets of South East Asia, but also driving growth in more mature territories like Europe.”

Bajaj Auto Dominar 400Bajaj Auto Dominar 400

Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto India, said: “The Triumph brand is an iconic one the world over. So, we are confident that there will be a huge appetite in India and other emerging markets for these new products. We look forward to working alongside such a famous motorcycle company and to leveraging each other’s strengths and expertise to make the relationship a success for everyone.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph tie-up with Bajaj India formalised for new mid-capacity motorcycles

Triumph  Bajaj Global Partnership Commences

Triumph Motorcycles and Bajaj Auto India, the world’s third largest motorcycle manufacturer, have today formally commenced their long term, non-equity partnership in Pune, India. The two motorcycle brands are coming together to build a brand new range of mid-capacity motorcycles.

Triumph Motorcycles CEO – Nick Bloor

“This is an important partnership for Triumph and I am delighted that it has now formally commenced. As well as taking our brand into crucial new territories, the products that will come out of the partnership will also help attract a younger, but still discerning, customer audience and is another step in our ambitions to expand globally, particularly in the fast-growing markets of South East Asia, but also driving growth in more mature territories like Europe.”

The partnership will see the two companies with their respective strengths in large and small capacity motorcycles collaborate to design, engineer, and manufacture a range of mid-capacity motorcycles.

The iconic Triumph brand will seek to further expand its global reach, with the partnership offering a new mid-sized sector opportunity and, importantly, a new entry point to several high-volume emerging markets, including India and other Asian markets.

The strategic partnership will benefit both parties with Bajaj becoming one of Triumph’s key distribution partners in crucial new markets for the Triumph brand around the globe.

Going forward Bajaj will take over Triumph’s Indian distribution activities, at a date yet to be confirmed, leveraging the great expertise that Bajaj has in this region.

In their other key overseas markets, where Triumph is not currently present, Bajaj will represent Triumph and offer the new mid capacity bikes as part of the full Triumph line-up.

In all other markets where Triumph is present today, the motorcycles developed together from this partnership will join the current Triumph product portfolio and be distributed by the Triumph led dealer network worldwide.

The Triumph-Bajaj collaboration aims to combine strengths in design, technology, cost-competitive manufacturing and an intimate knowledge of key target markets to deliver a range of winning products and business success.

The partnership will build new engine and vehicle platform in the mid-capacity range (200- 750cc) and offer multiple options to address different segments in this class and create a new entry point to the Triumph range around the world. Ensuring Triumph can compete in important large segments of the global motorcycle market, and attract new customers to the brand.

Rajiv Bajaj – Managing Director of Bajaj Auto India

“The Triumph brand is an iconic one the world over. So, we are confident that there will be a huge appetite in India and other emerging markets for these new products. We look forward to working alongside such a famous motorcycle company and to leveraging each other’s strengths and expertise to make the relationship a success for everyone.”


Building over 60,000 bikes per year, Triumph is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer and has around 650 dealers across the world.

Bajaj Auto Limited was incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956, and has its registered office at Mumbai. The Bajaj Group is amongst the top 10 business houses in India. Founded in 1926, at the height of India’s movement for independence from the British, the Group has an illustrious history.  The Company is the world’s third largest motorcycle manufacturer, India’s second largest manufacturer of motorcycles and world’s largest manufacturer of three-wheelers. Bajaj achieved landmark sales of 5 million two and three wheelers in FY 2018-19, the highest ever in its history.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Triumph Alpine and Desert Explorers ahead of update

Triumph Motorcycles has added two special-edition models to its Tiger 1200 line-up – Desert and Alpine – indicating a major change in the range for next year.

It’s been a long time since the 1200 model had major changes, especially in the engine and it is now lagging behind models such as the BMW R 1250 GS, Ducati Multistrada 1260 and KTM 1290 Adventure.

For a start we expect a bigger capacity just as Triumph did when it went from the Tiger 800 to Tiger 900 models.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally ProTiger 900 GT Pro and Rally Pro

Over the past few years, Triumph has dropped the “Explorer” tag from the Tiger 1200 name, updated the electronics and ergos, and reduced weight about 10kg, but the price also shot up by as much as $2600.

And just as the Tiger 900 dropped the confusing model names (XRx, XCx, XRt, XCa) for the more simply Rally and GT, we expect the same will happen when the big Tiger is upgraded.

Alpine and Desert models

New Triumph Explorers ahead of update Desert AlpineTiger 1200 Desert Edition.

But back to the new limited-edition models which will see out the last of the 1200 models.

Triumph says the  edition is “inspired by epic adventures taken across the most inhospitable deserts in the world, from the Sahara, to the Kalahari and beyond”.

The Alpine is “inspired by the epic alpine adventures riders have made across one of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges in the whole world”.

New Triumph Explorers ahead of update AlpineTiger 1200 Alpine Edition.

Ok, enough of the hyperbole!

They are based on the XRx and XCx models, but with an Arrow titanium exhaust, an up/down quick shifter, plus special paint, badges and graphics.New Triumph Explorers ahead of update

There is no word from Triumph Motorcycles Australia on when they will arrive or the price, but we can expect another hike, although less than the cost of fitting the extra gear.

Expect to pay about $1000 more than the current prices of $24,200 (XRx) and $25,600 (XCx).

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Desert and Alpine Special Editions

If Triumph’s new Tiger 1200 has already piqued your interest then these two special editions of the model might entice you even more towards Triumph’s adventurous big triple.

Triumph Tiger Alpine Desert Duo

Triumph Tiger Alpine Desert Duo

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Desert and Alpine Special Editions

The Tiger 1200 Desert Edition and Alpine Edition both feature Triumph Shift Assist and a lightweight titanium Arrow silencer along with special edition branding cues on the machines.

Triumph Tiger Alpine Arrow

Triumph Tiger Alpine Arrow

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Desert and Alpine Special Editions

Where the two special editions differ, apart from their differing Sandstorm and Snowdonia White paint schemes, is that the Desert Edition also features spoked rims that are tubeless ready.

Triumph Tiger Desert

Triumph Tiger Desert

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Desert Edition

While the white Alpine Edition sports 10-spoke alloys in identical 19/17″ sizings as the Desert Edition.

Triumph Tiger Alpine

Triumph Tiger Alpine

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Alpine Edition

Essentially the Desert Edition is modelled off the mid-specification XCx and the Alpine Edition based on the alloy rimmed XRx model.

Triumph Tiger Alpine

Triumph Tiger Alpine

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Alpine Edition

Both are powered by the latest generation 1215 cc triple that musters 139 horsepower at 9350 rpm along with 122 Nm of torque at 7600 rpm that transfers through to a shaft drive system.

Triumph Tiger Alpine Engine

Triumph Tiger Alpine Engine

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Alpine Edition

Full TFT instrumentation along with cornering ABS and traction control systems programmed into riding modes along with cruise control makes for a high specification list.

Triumph Tiger Desert TFT

Triumph Tiger Desert TFT

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Desert Edition

The Desert Edition has five riding modes with an Off-Road Pro selection added to the Rain, Road, Off-Road and Sport of the Alpine Edition.

Triumph Tiger Desert

Triumph Tiger Desert

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Desert Edition

Add to that all LED lighting, illuminated buttons, keyless ignition, heated grips, multiple power sockets and an electrically adjustable windscreen.

Triumph Tiger Desert Screen

Triumph Tiger Desert Screen

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Desert Edition

WP semi-active suspension is also fitted to both special edition models and the Brembo Monobloc brakes are standard across the entire Tiger 1200 line-up.

Triumph Tiger Desert TSAS

Triumph Tiger Desert TSAS

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200 Desert and Alpine Special Editions feature TSAS

2020 Triumph Tiger 1200
Desert and Alpine Special Edition Specifications

Tiger 1200 Alpine Edition / Tiger 1200 Desert Edition *
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity 1,215 cc
Bore/Stroke 85 x 71.4 mm
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Maximum Power 141PS / 139 bhp (104kW) @ 9,350rpm
Maximum Torque 122 Nm @ 7,600rpm
Fuel system Ride by Wire, fuel injection
Exhaust 3 into 1 header system, Arrow titanium silencer with carbon fibre end cap, side mounted
Final drive Shaft drive
Clutch Wet, multi-plate hydraulically operated, torque assist
Gearbox  6-speed
Frame Tubular steel trellis frame
Swingarm Single-sided, cast aluminium alloy with shaft drive
Front Wheel Cast aluminium alloy 10-spoke 19 x 3.0 in
Rear Wheel Cast aluminium alloy 10-spoke 17 x 4.5 in
Front Wheel 32 spoke, aluminium rim, for tubeless tyres 19 x 3.0 in * (Desert Edition)
Rear Wheel 32 spoke, aluminium rim, for tubeless tyres 17 x 4.5 in  * (Desert Edition)
Front Tyre 120/70 R19
Rear Tyre 170/60 R17
Front Suspension WP 48 mm upside down forks, electronically adjustable damping, 190 mm travel 
Rear Suspension WP monoshock, electronically adjustable semi active damping with automatic preload adjustment, 193 mm wheel travel
Front Brake Twin 305 mm floating discs, radially mounted monobloc Brembo 4-piston calipers, switchable ABS
Rear Brake Single 282 mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper, switchable ABS
Width (Handlebars) 830 mm
Height Without Mirrors 1,470 mm
Seat Height 835 – 855 mm
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Rake 23.2 º
Trail 99.9 mm
Dry Weight 242 Kg / 246 Kg * (Desert Edition)
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 L
Instruments TFT multi­functional instrument pack with digital speedometer, trip computer, digital tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, service indicator, ambient temperature, clock and Riding Modes.
Fuel Consumption 5.2 l/100 km (54.3 MPG)
CO2 Emissions 122 g/km

Source: MCNews.com.au

2020 Triumph Street Triple RS Review | Motorcycle Tests

Motorcycle Test by Trevor Hedge – Images iKap / Triumph


Only two years after the last significant update Triumph have come out all guns blazing for 2020 with yet another major revamp of the Street Triple RS.

Triumph Street Triple RS
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

A major boost in performance came in 2017 that really pumped the sporting credentials of the Street Triple much higher than we had seen before, and pitched the model to a higher end market than previous generation Street Triple models. The Street Triple RS got its big boost from 675 to 765cc in that last update and now for 2020 that 765 cc engine has undergone major revisions to boast yet more performance.

Triumph Street Triple RS Engine
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

Better manufacturing tolerances within the gearbox have now negated the previous anti-lash gears on the balance shaft and the back of the clutch basket. Shorter first and second gears boost performance off the mark while Triumph’s now well proven slip-assist clutch reduces lever effort and aids positive lock-up on acceleration. An up-down quick-shifter continues the up-spec’ theme and works best when used in anger. When bumbling around town, the use of a little clutch helps smoothen things out.

Triumph Street Triple RS Mid
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

The challenge of meeting Euro5 specification has seen engine development programs across the whole spectrum of motorcycling step up a gear. Euro 5 has also seen Triumph install two smaller and more premium catalytic convertors that replace the previous single unit while a new balance pipe is claimed to smooth out the torque curve. The exhaust cam has changed while the intake ducting has also been revised.

So is this all about emissions and Euro5 or do we get more go?

That we do, and while peak numbers don’t change much, mid-range torque and power are up by a massive nine per cent.

Triumph Street Triple RS Torque
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

The 2020 Street Triple RS generates 121 horsepower at 11,750 rpm with 79 Nm of torque peaking at 9350 rpm. That peak torque is only 2 Nm higher than before, but between 7500 and 9500 rpm are where those much larger increases in torque are realised, and they are really felt on the road.

Triumph Street Triple RS Power
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

Engine inertia has also been reduced by 7 per cent due to improved manufacturing tolerances borne from Triumph’s involvement as the exclusive engine supplier to the Moto2 World Championship. Higher precision machining on the crankshaft and balance shaft are the primary contributors that help the motor to spin up much more eagerly than before.

Triumph Street Triple RS
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS engine spins up so quickly

And wow it really does spin up so effortlessly that it actually takes you a little by surprise just how quickly the engine responds. This led me to staying out of the Sport mode for most riding duties as it was actually a little too frenetic. Even small road bumps that normally would never affect your throttle position were felt, such is the liveliness of this latest generation engine. The lack of inertia combined with the hefty increase in mid-range urge makes the new Street Triple RS feel a bit like an ADD kid fizzing to be let off the leash. General road duties are better undetaken in, funnily enough, Road mode, and the Track mode better left to the track… Triumph claim a seven per cent reduction in rotational inertia, it feels like even more.

Triumph Street Triple RS Trev
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

The original Street Triples of over a decade ago were very playful, and a doddle of a bike to lark about on while pulling monos all over the place or ripping skids. In contrast, these latest Generation Street Triple RS machines are much more serious, things happen much quicker and the outright level of sporting performance is a long way forward from the fun little street-bike that the Street Triple started life as back in 2007. While engine performance has come a long way, particularly in regards to the way it grunts out of the basement in to a very muscular mid-range, the chassis has taken perhaps even larger steps over that time. 

Triumph Street Triple RS Shock
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS – Ohlins TTX40

The RS model of 2017 is improved upon further for 2020 with an STX40 Ohlins shock replacing the TTX36 of the previous model. Triumph claim that it offers much better resistance to fade and runs at significantly cooler operating temperatures. The swing-arm is an interesting design with quite a radical gull-wing lay-out.

Triumph Street Triple RS
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

While I did not have the tools to measure the temperature of the shock I can attest that it remained fade free on bumpy Queensland back roads and also stood up to the rigours of Lakeside Raceway on a very hot December day. It feels like premium suspension should feel with quality damping response that provides great feedback to the rider, while remaining plush enough to not beat you to death on crap road surfaces. 

Triumph Street Triple RS
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

Triumph chose 41 mm Showa big-piston forks for the front of the machine. Their engineers claim that this choice was made purely on performance as their test riders preferred the response of the Showa forks over the comparable spec’ Ohlins kits they evaluated. I found no reason to argue their findings after a busy few days on the bike. Adjusting the compression and rebound on the top of the fork legs is not as easy as I would have liked as they were obviously designed to use on a sports-bike with clip-ons, rather than with the single-piece bars on the Triumph that get in the way of the clickers.

Triumph Street Triple RS Switches
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS – Fork adjustments are not the easiest to access

It is fair to say the kit at both ends is more than good enough in every role and you are going to have to be one very fast and accomplished rider before the suspension is going to be the limiting factor in your own performance. Most, myself included, run out of both talent and balls before the suspension is out of its comfort zone. 

Triumph Street Triple RS
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS alongside Triumph’s Moto2 machine

Still, I certainly don’t think that on a race-track it would prove quicker than Suzuki’s comparably out-dated GSX-R750. Despite its relative age the GSX-R is still quite a weapon of a sports-bike that is very easy to ride fast, thus it is actually somewhat of a testament to the naked Street Triple RS that its outright circuit performance can be even compared to the legendary GSX-R.

Triumph Street Triple RS Trev
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

On a tight and testing back road though, the agility, mid-range punch and more upright stance of the Street Triple RS would win out and make for a more enjoyable back-road fang machine.

Triumph Street Triple RS Brakes
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS – Brembo M50

Brembo M50 four-piston radial stoppers complete with a Brembo MCS ratio and span adjustable brake lever were fault free in both power and response when hauling the 166 kilogram machine to a stop.

Triumph Street Triple RS MC
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS – Brembo RCS master cylinder has adjustable ratio

The bike actually feels even lighter than that 166 kg dry number as the first time I pulled it off the side-stand the bike banged straight into my legs as I had used way more effort than required. It feels more like leveraging a dirt-bike around than a regular road bike.

Triumph Street Triple RS Above
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS is one very light machine

New LED headlights and daytime running lights sharpen the front end look and combine with a more angular silhouette all round that has further modernised the profile of the machine. Despite the minimalist proportions Triumph have managed to fit a 17.4-litre fuel tank in there which should make for an easy 300 kilometre touring range.

Triumph Street Triple RS Lights
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS – New shape LED headlights update the look

Instrumentation has gone full colour TFT and is available with GoPro and Bluetooth functionality to provide turn-by-turn navigation cues on the display via the optional connectivity module. The display can be switched through four different lay-outs and four different colour schemes.

Triumph Street Triple RS Dash
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS – Screen has various different display modes with differing lay-outs

Triumph have added some different layers of film in the display to greatly reduce glare but I found the default colour scheme not all that great in regards to the way each selection is highlighted when out in the sun and switching through the five riding modes or ABS/Traction settings. On the plus side the whole dash is adjustable for angle.

Triumph Street Triple RS Dash
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS – Instrumenation is by way of an angle adjustable 5-inch TFT

The navigation prompts and Bluetooth system with phone/music interoperability was still in the final stages of development and not yet available for us to test during the model launch but we are told the system is now fully functional and available for activation.

Triumph Street Triple RS Seats
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS – Seat is actually quite comfortable and at 825 mm low enough for most

A new seat design and padding makes the perch an appreciably nicer place to spend time and at 825 mm is low enough for just about anyone. Triumph claim that the pillion seat is also more comfortable and boasts more leg-room but to me it still looks a horrendous place to contemplate spending any time.

Triumph Street Triple RS
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

The standard bar end mirrors work well and look good. Heated grips and tyre pressure monitoring are optional extras and Triumph have quick-release tank and tail bags ready to go.

Triumph Street Triple RS
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS – Standard bar end mirrors actually work pretty well

Triumph make no excuses for where they are pitching the Street Triple RS in the market-place and the premium level of kit utilised throughout the machine certainly justify its $18,050 +ORC price point. However, when there are many larger capacity and more powerful offerings already on offer it might be somewhat of a hard sell in what is a currently difficult market. Riders that place prime importance on the light is right mantra, and have a clear desire for high spec’ suspension and braking components should certainly do themselves a favour and sample the Street Triple RS for themselves. In this upper mid-capacity segment it is a performance leader and the most premium offering. 

Triumph Street Triple RS
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS

Arriving soon is also a LAMS legal variant dubbed the Street Triple S for new riders with an engine detuned for those requirements along with lower spec’ suspension and braking components. The specifications for both bikes are selectable in the table below. 


Specifications

Source: MCNews.com.au

2019 My Triumph Connectivity System arrives in dealers

2019 My Triumph Connectivity System & My Triumph app


Triumph Motorcycles have announced the availability of the 2019 My Triumph Connectivity System, for the Scrambler 1200 XC and XE models, as well as the Rocket 3 R and GT models, with the module now in dealers for $295.00 RRP, plus the cost of a fitment kit and installation.

The announcement comes alongside the launch of the new My Triumph app, which is available on Android and iOS compatible phones, allowing easy control of the many features available on the My Triumph Connectivity Systems.

Customers can now visit their Triumph Dealer in order to purchase and have the My Triumph Connectivity System fitted to their Scrambler 1200 or Rocket 3 motorcycle.


2019 My Triumph Connectivity System

The accessory My Triumph Connectivity System includes the My Triumph Connectivity module, as well as a software update for the My Triumph Connectivity module, and a software update for the TFT instruments. The price of the module will be $295.00 (Inc GST) plus fitment kit and installation cost. Installation will take 60-minutes and will include fitting kit and software upload.

Triumph Scrambler XC Detail
The 2019 My Triumph Connectivity System is now available for purchase

Triumph also introduces the first motorcycle integrated GoPro control system, functionality which is only available from Triumph, allowing the rider to capture every moment on their ride by connecting their GoPro to the TFT display where they can intuitively access and control key GoPro functions through the motorcycle’s TFT instruments and left hand switch cube.

The TFT instruments display simple graphic icons on the screen, indicating the status of GoPro camera, including mode, start film, stop film, take photo and battery level. This system is compatible with all GoPro cameras from Hero 5 and Session 5 onwards.

The first for any Triumph motorcycle and the very first Google partnership with a premium motorcycle manufacturer – the Triumph ‘turn-by-turn’ navigation system facilitates navigation through the My Triumph Connectivity module, which can be installed by your local dealer.

Triumph Scrambler Go Pro Integration
The My Triumph Connectivity System also allows GoPro connectivity and control via the bike switchblocks and TFT

This functionality will enable you to connect with hundreds of millions of places and businesses, and add up to 21 destinations along the route if required, with reliable, location aware search suggestions.

Once the rider has selected the route on the ‘My Triumph’ app and set-off, the instruments present clear graphic turn symbols on the screen using icons, providing precise turn indications.

This sophisticated navigation system gives riders a simple and easy way to set their route and find their destination, both on short and long journeys.

This functionality is facilitated through the My Triumph Connectivity module, enabling the rider to pair their smartphone and Bluetooth headset to the connectivity system, providing full and intuitive control on the move.

Phone functions such as making and receiving calls and SMS message notification can be controlled via the left hand switch cube, as can music track selection.


New My Triumph App

The new ‘My Triumph’ app is also available to download for free and the the core functionality of the ‘My Triumph’ app includes the ability to records your route, and at the end of your ride displays a summary of your journey and allows for it to be shared with friends.

My Triumph Connectivity System App menu
The My Triumph app is also now available

It also allows for live navigation, built with Google, on the Triumph motorcycle’s TFT instruments, facilitated through the new My Triumph Connectivity system.

The app monitors the status of the Triumph motorcycle, presenting key information such as odometer, average fuel consumption and time/distance to service, facilitated through the new My Triumph Connectivity system.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Triumph Speed Triple Recall Notice | MY 18-20

Motorcycle Recall Notice


An official recall notice has been issued for Triumph Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R motorcycles sold in Australia over the model years 2018 to 2020.

The recall is for a problem with the quickshifter which may contact the gear change linkage and compromise the assisted gear change, causing a missed gear or false neutral.

Owners of these models should contact their local Triumph dealer for the problem to be rectified.


Recall Notice

PRA No. 2019/17999

Date published 13 Dec 2019

Campaign number SRAN568

Triumph Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R – NN5 & NN6 variants
Speed Triple S -NN5 variant – From 867685 up to 957570
Speed Triple RS -NN6 variant – From 867601 up to 971378

161 affected motorcycles

What are the defects?

The Quickshifter Assembly, TSA body may come into contact with the gear change Clamp Linkage Assembly, potentially impeding a smooth “assisted” gear change, resulting in a missed gear or false neutral.

What are the hazards?

If a loss of acceleration without warning occurs, this may lead to an increased risk of an accident and injury to vehicle occupants and other road users.

What should consumers do?

Triumph Motorcycles Company dealers in Australia will replace the Clamp Linkage Assembly, free of charge (parts and labour) to vehicle owners. The new Clamp Linkage Assembly will provide a wider clearance from the Quickshifter Assembly, TSA.

Owners of affected vehicle will be contacted asking them to arrange recall repair by their authorised Triumph dealer.

For help finding a Triumph Dealer, consumers can go to http://www.triumphmotorcycles.com.au/dealers/find-a-dealer

Source: MCNews.com.au

New up-sized Triumph Tiger 900 five-model range

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT & Tiger 900 Rally


Triumph Tiger GT Action
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT

Huge news out of Triumph Motorcycles this morning with the 2020 Tiger 900 officially announced in five variants a standard Tiger 900, Tiger 900 Rally – with up-spec Rally Pro, plus a Tiger 900 GT – also with a GT Pro version available. The 2020 Tiger 900 is expected to arrive in Australia in March, with pricing yet to be announced.

Triumph Tiger Rally
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally

Featuring a new 900cc triple-cylinder powerplant the Tiger 900 boasts 10 per cent more torque than the 800, alongside a nine per cent power boost in the mid-range, while Triumph also introduce a new 1-3-2 firing order for a new character and better feel, which should be particularly noteworthy with a new exhaust soundtrack.

Triumph Tiger GT
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT – 888cc triple-cylinder

Other updates include a host of new chassis components, higher spec brakes, new LED lights, new bodywork and much more.

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 features

  • New 900cc triple engine
  • 10% more torque – 87 Nm at 7,250 rpm
  • More power – 9% more in the mid-range
  • New 1,3,2 firing order
  • New lightweight modular frame
  • Brembo Stylema monobloc brakes
  • New 20L tank
  • New 7” TFT instruments (GT/Rally)
  • Updated cornering ABS & traction control (GT/Rally)
  • New LED lighting & DRL
  • Updated styling & bodywork

900cc Euro5 triple-cylinder

The new ‘900’ powerplant is an 888cc liquid-cooled 12-valve DOHC in-line three-cylinder, with a bore and stroke of 78 x 61.9mm, with compression run at 11.27:1. Triumph are promising an increase in peak torque by 10 per cent, alongside nine per cent more mid-range power, with a 1-3-2 firing order for a whole new engine character that according to Triumph boosts both tractability and throttle response.

Triumph Tiger Rally
Triumph are promising a new character from the 900 powerplant alongside better tractability

The boost in capacity comes via a 4 mm increase in bore which helps boost torque from 79 Nm to 87 Nm. Peak twist now arrives 800 rpm earlier at 7250 rpm while peak power remains unchanged at 94 horsepower, although Triumph have promised that 10 per cent mid-range boost.

Triumph Tiger GT
The new Tiger 900 features an 888cc in-line triple with 1-3-2 firing order

Triumph also promise more responsive acceleration, with faster with 0-60mph, 0-110mph and 6th gear roll on times, although they haven’t shared the exact improvement.

A new twin-radiator is also featured, allowing a reduced coolant volume with better cooling performance, particularly as felt by the rider, while allowing for a stylish radiator shroud setup that highlights the three-into-one header setup.

Triumph Tiger GT
A new dual-radiator setup has allowed for redesigned radiator cowls

Tiger 900 chassis

The 2020 Tiger 900 is also up to 5kg lighter than the outgoing model, depending which variant you choose, with a new modular steel trellis frame and bolt-on aluminium sub-frame.

Triumph Tiger Rally Pro chassis
The Tiger 900 features a new modular trellis steel frame

Suspension is offered by either Marzocchi on the Tiger 900 GT, or Showa on the Tiger 900 Rally, with the Marzocchi setup including a set of 45mm USD forks with compression and rebound damping. The standard GT features a rear shock with preload and rebound adjustment, with 170mm of travel.

Triumph Tiger GT
The Tiger 900 GT features shorter travel Marzocchi forks, but is a step up from the standard version’s non adjustable items

The GT Pro on the other hand features an electronically adjustable unit that also offers preload and rebound damping. The electronic rear shock will be controllable via a special menu on the TFT display, with nine levels of damping control and four preload settings.

A lower seat height version on the standard GT also looks like it’ll run a shock with a shorter 151mm travel.

Triumph Tiger GT
The 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro features an electronically adjustable rear shock from Marzocchi

On the Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro a set of Showa 45mm USD forks offer preload, rebound and compression adjustment alongside a longer, more off-road orientated 240mm of travel and are matched to a Showa rear shock, featuring preload and rebound adjustability, with 230mm of travel.

This puts the Rally suspension in a similar category to the 790 Adventure R which boasts 245mm travel, while the new Tenere 700 offers 210/200mm but only offers a single model variant.

Triumph Tiger Rally
The Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro feature longer travel Showa suspension, with 240/230mm front/rear

A standard Tiger 900 model will also be offered, featuring non-adjustable Marzocchi 45mm forks and a Marzocchi rear shock with preload adjustment only.

Brakes have also seen an update across all models, with the Tiger 900 boasting Brembo Stylema four-piston monobloc calipers and a radial master-cylinder. Rotors are 320mm items, while the standard Tiger 900 includes ABS, with updated cornering ABS found on the GT and Rally variants.

Triumph Tiger Rally
Stylema Brembo calipers are found across all Tiger 900 models, but the standard version only includes regular ABS

The new tubular steel frame with bolt-on sub-frame and cast aluminium swingarm help deliver great agility and capability, while ergonomics have also been optimised for touring and off-road riding, with a narrow seat, 10mm closer handlebars and more upright seating position.

Triumph Tiger GT
Footpeg placement on each Tiger 900 model is optimised for their expected uses

Each model also features footpeg positions to match the intended riding type, alongside a height adjustable seat with the standard and GT models offering a 810 or 830mm range. The Rally in comparison runs a 850 or 870mm seat height due to the longer travel suspension.

Triumph Tiger GT
The Tiger 900 GT offers a 810 or 830mm seat height, while the Rally has a taller 850 or 870 height.

The standard Tiger 900 and GT models also run a rake of 24.6 degrees with a trail of 133.3mm, while the Rally models feature a rake of 24.4 degrees and trail of 145.8mm. All models feature the slightly larger 20L fuel tank, with the Tiger 900 weighing in at 192kg dry, the GT at 194kg, GT Pro at 198kg, the Rally at 196kg and the Rally Pro at 201kg.

Triumph Tiger GT
The 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT models feature cast alloy wheels, with a 19 inch front and 17 inch rear

The Tiger 900 and Tiger 900 GT variants will all come fitted with cast alloy wheels, with a 19 x 2.50 inch front and 17 x 4.25 inch rear, clad in 100/90 – 19 and 150/70 – 17 inch rubber.

The Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro will feature spoked tubeless rims with a 21 x 2.15 inch front and 17 x 4.25 inch rear. Tyres will be a 90/90 – 21 front and 150/70 – 17 inch rear.

Triumph Tiger Rally
The Tiger 900 Rally variants feature spoked, tubeless rims, with knobby tyres

Tiger 900 Electronics & Rider Aides

The Tiger 900 GT and Rally variants all feature a new 7 inch TFT display compared to the standard models’ 5inch item, with the My Triumph connectivity system found standard on the up-spec GT Pro and Rally Pro models.

Triumph Tiger Rally
A new 7 inch TFT display is found on GT and Rally models

Both GT and Rally models also include an updated and optimised cornering ABS and cornering traction control system with a Continental IMU which measures roll, pitch, yaw and acceleration.

Up to six riding modes are on offer, although how many you’ll get access too depends on the model variant, with the standard Tiger 900 featuring just Rain and Road modes.

Triumph Tiger Rally
Ride modes start with just two on the standard Tiger 900, while the Rally Pro offers six

Both base Rally and GT models offer Rain, Road, Sport and Off-Road, while the GT Pro adds a rider configurable mode, and the Rally Pro does the same plus Off-Road Pro.

All Tiger 900s will also include new LED lighting and daytime running lights (DRL), with auxiliary fog lights standard fitment on the GT Pro and Rally Pro models.

Triumph Tiger Rally
New LED lights and DRL are featured with additional fog lights on the Pro models

Triumph’s Shift Assist is also found on the Tiger 900 GT Pro and Rally Pro models, and is available as an accessory on all other Tiger 900 models.

Triumph Tiger GT
Both GT and Rally ‘Pro’ models include an up/down quickshifter

Other features include a secure department for a mobile phone, also allowing USB charging, on the GT and Rally models, situated under the seat, while the GT Pro and Rally Pro models include heated seats and a TPMS or Tyre Pressure Monitoring System as standard.

GT and Rally models also include a five-way joystick on the switchblock, with electronic cruise control and heated grips as standard.

Triumph Tiger GT
A five-way joystick allows easy control of the 7 inch TFT features on the GT and Rally

2020 Tiger 900 styling and colours

Triumph are showing off new styling for the Tiger 900, with more aggressive and cleaner bodywork, as well as the pronounced beak and smaller headlight setup.

The Tiger 900 will be available in Pure White, with the Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro to be available in Matt Khaki, Sapphire Black and Pure White, with a white frame.

Triumph Tiger Rally
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally

The Tiger 900 GT and GT Pro will be available in Korosi Red, Sapphire Black and Pure White.

The Tiger 900 GT Low Ride Height, or LRH, offers a 760 to 780mm seat height care of a dedicated suspension setup and lower seat.

Triumph Tiger GT Action
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT

Triumph are also promising an accessory range of over 65 items, with a Trekker kit including Trekker panniers, top box and back rest, sliding carriage kit, tank pad and screen deflector.

An Expedition kit aimed at more off-road orientated riding includes Expedition panniers, 40 litre roll bag, headlight guard, fork protectors, aluminium radiator guard, upper engine bars and LED fog lights.

Triumph Tiger Rally
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally

2020 Triumph Tiger 900 / Tiger 900 GT, GT Pro / Tiger 900 Rally, Rally Pro Specifications

Triumph Tiger GT Rally Pro Specifications
2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Specs

Source: MCNews.com.au