Triumph Confirms Triple for New Adventures

August 4, 2010
Bart Madson
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Triumph Adventure Bike
Another teaser shot of the new Triumph ‘adventure bike’ ripped from a promotional video on the Adventure microsite at:

Triumph keeps teasing in the run-up for its official release of two new adventure bikes. With its latest release, the British marque confirms each of the new rides will feature a Triple powerplant. The news is far from earth-shattering, as the Inline three-cylinder engine is the standard for Triumph’s street line, sans the Parallel Twins powering the cruisers and Modern Classics.

Triumph fails to release any hard details about the engine, aside from vague descriptions of it having a long stroke. Rumors put displacement at around 800cc, to line it up with the popular F800GS. The latest email announcement of the “Adventure” describes the new engine:

“We think a Triple is the best configuration for an adventure bike. It’s compact and has a natural character that ideally suits a wide range of duties. Our long stroke engine will deliver smooth, controllable torque for both tricky off-road riding and the urban jungle…but with the higher rpm characteristics that just devour on-road miles.

“A Triple is also more refined than a Twin, which means that the bike is less tiring and less intrusive on the open road. So you can just relax and enjoy the trip.”

In an accompanying video at the microsite explains the new engine further, the voiceover saying:

“An adventure bike needs torque. You need an engine that’s refined and smooth when you’re on-road. The new Triumph three-cylinder engine is perfectly balanced and has plenty of punch with an exciting top-end. But because you could also be dealing with gravel or a dirt track, you need an engine with plenty of torque that does the business off-road. The new Triumph three-cylinder engine has compact dimensions and a controllable power delivery that’s the hallmark of a long-stroke Triple. A new Triumph Triple: for two new Triumph adventure bikes. It’s just what you need.”

If there’s anything revelatory in the latest news, it’s that Triumph refers to the two upcoming bikes as “its latest pair of young cubs.” Whether that means the bikes will actually carry the “Cub” moniker as its model name, or just be a smaller-displacement version of the Tiger is unclear.

No photos are officially released, though spy shots can be found online. The next round of the marketing hype is set for Sept 1st, where presumably more ‘details’ will be released regarding the chassis.