It has been a packed presentation for the British motorcycle manufacturer at the 73rd edition of the International Motorcycle Show, held at the Milan-Rho trade fair from November 19th to 22nd. Triumph Motorcycles have managed to showcase three new model ranges and introduced multiple World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty and The Long Way Round’s Charley Boorman as new global ambassadors.
Headlined by the world debut of the new Tiger Explorer XC and XR ranges, which covers six new models; the off-road focused XC, XCx, XCa and the road-biased XR, XRx, XRt, these rode out hot on the heels of Triumph’s London launch of the brand new Bonneville family.
The new Tiger Explorer features a host of rider-focused and active rider technology, including corner-optimized ABS and traction control and Triumph’s new semi-automatic suspension system, TSAS, on the upper models in the range. All models gain a first-in-class electronically adjustable screen, a revised 1215cc triple engine with more power and more torque and a sharp, contemporary restyle that not only delivers a dramatic new look but improves rider and passenger comfort through enhanced thermal flow management.
“It has been a fantastic year for Triumph and we are incredibly excited about the new models shown for the first time at EICMA,” Paul Stroud, Global Sales and Marketing Director for Triumph Motorcycles said, “The new Tiger Explorer is packed with technology and firsts, including the new TSAS system and really is a transcontinental machine.”
Triumph's 2016 Tiger Explorer XC - Source Triumph Motorcycles
Moving back onto the paved road, launched just a week ago and unveiled in public for the first time at EICMA, the new Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R feature an incredible new 1050cc triple engine, with 104 new developments including new cylinder head, new combustion chamber, ride-by-wire throttle and a new ECU.
Designed to deliver the maximum riding thrill through the perfect balance of power, handling, capability and character the new Speed Triple has a sharp new style, hunkered down with a narrower stand over and all new bodywork, including a new seat and tail unit inspired by the race-winning Daytona 675R. Additionally the new Speed Triple S and Speed Triple R feature a new exhaust system that has a 70% increase in flow rate over the previous model, giving a rich and characterful exhaust note.
“The new Speed Triple is designed to thrill anyone who rides it, it’s the perfect blend of performance, handling, capability and it has bags of character too,” Stroud noted, detailing the new models, “And the response to our new Bonneville family has been phenomenal following the launch late last month with a huge demand for all models already.”
Triumph's new Triple Speed - Source Triumph Motorcycles
The old saying of ‘You had to be there’ comes to mind for some of the stories coming out of the momentous motorcycle event. The Triumph stand as an example, located in Hall 15 at this year’s EICMA, it hosted the first public display of the incredible new Bonneville range.
Featuring the Street Twin, along with its Urban, Scrambler and Brat Tracker inspiration kits, the Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T120 Black and the new Thruxton and Thruxton R models. Additionally David Beckham’s custom Thruxton R from the recent Belstaff “Outlaws” film was on display alongside a custom Thruxton R designed by Italian magazine ICON.
But the show went beyond motorcycles for Triumph. New Triumph Global Ambassadors Carl Fogarty and Charley Boorman rode the new models on to stage to introduce them to the press, with Boorman handling the new Tiger Explorer while World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty rode out on the new Speed Triple R.
Fogarty and Boorman’s mission, should they choose to accept it, will now work with Triumph around the world to promote the range whilst enjoying the new models.
“On top of all of these incredible bikes we’re delighted to welcome Charley and Carl to Triumph – and we are all really excited about working with them. Needless to say we’re really looking forward to next year!” Paul Stroud, Global Sales and Marketing Director for Triumph Motorcycles noted.