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15 May 2009 11:12
MCN's Phil West reports from the launch of the new Triumph Thunderbird with a description of the features and details of Triumph's new cruiser.
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I'm with Agent Z. Huge fan of the Hinckley Triumphs, but few here in the states are going to buy a Kawasaki Vulcan 500 on steroids. I'm sure it's a bloody fantastic motor, but it needs to be in the Speedmaster, not something that looks like a copy of a copy of something once cool.
20 June 2009 00:45
how many sherries had he had before operating that camera ?
18 June 2009 13:03
Amazing to me that this publication could even consider placing this video with so many inaccuracies over the engine and colour. One can only assume Phil West is blind.
You are only as good as your product and this video is just not good enough. Why on earth didn't he do it again to make it right?
19 May 2009 04:14
What a Bag of Sh*te!
I know that Triumph need to make money and this is a very lucrative sector and it follows that they would be stupid not to produce a model for this market but this is all wrong. This model is a disaster for a number of reasons, mostly because it such a shameless Harley clone.
If you are an ultra conservative American who buys Harleys, you are not going to buy this bike because it is not a Harley! It's un-American…. Why would you buy this Harley clone when you can get the real thing!?
Triumph have build a great global brand on the backs of individual bikes like the Speed triple and the Daytona. Bikes like this set the whole brand back years. If you want a slice of this market then you have to aim at the slightly less conservative buyer with an offering that has a bit more character & individuality about it. Triumph should have attacked this sector with a bike that not only reflected the company’s heritage but provided something different in the market place.
I'm writing this because I'm a big Triumph fan who feels this kind of cynical sales ploy will ultimately back fire. It's not too late triumph to give this genre of bike a "Speed Triple" style make over and not only hit your target market but enhance the brand image.
18 May 2009 14:47
We've given him his tablets for the day, poor old Phil is getting old and forgetful. Sorry about the V-twin reference!
18 May 2009 11:45
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