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Jul 06

Posts: 264

the_moosden says:

Triumph's new 1700 cruiser: What do you think?

In this weeks MCN we have exclusive spy shots of Triumph's 1700cc parallel-twin, designed to take on Harley Davidson at its own game. The motorcycle was spotted in Wales, in almost complete form, just missing a few Triumph Badges. Originally thought to be a 1500cc machine it looks like the engine has now been upped to 1700cc. Do you think this is a good move for Triumph?...

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Aug 05

Posts: 23

Not sold out

It would have seemed alien a few years ago to see such a bike come from Triumph. But the Rocket III has been around long enough now for us to be used to a gargantuan bike from them, although it hasn't seemingly cracked the US. It makes sense for Triumph to try and muscle in on the US cruiser market. I personally cant see it working because too many people put too much store in the "fabled" Hardly Ableson name for no reason other than, "Oh I have a Harley." Good on Triumph for trying. I live in the US now and "if" I ever got a crusier it would have to be a Triumph, I'd prefer the Triple over a big parallel twin though.

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Jan 08

Posts: 74

Victor9098 says:

Nothing Special

I am not sure about Triumph's current thinking. The Street Triple, Daytona 675, Sprint ST and Rocket III are great unique bikes with the character of the in-line triple, even their current cruiser range looks like nothing else on the road, thus giving the Triumph badge a sense of character and uniqueness. But then you have talks of production moving to Asia and now this 1700cc bike above. Are they really taking on Harley or just taking sales away from the Jap 4 who have similar products. Cruisers are all about biggest is best or at least style. The 1700cc is far from the biggest and does not look to have much style. If you could afford a Harley then Victory is the only real competition, while this Triumph will get mixed up with all the rest and has allot to prove versus the superbike developed technology on the Jap 4 cruisers.

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Aug 02

Posts: 441

snave says:

Not to judge...

...a book by its pre-release cover, but what is there about that design that screams `Triumph`..? Big sticky-up engines have been done to death since the heyday of Triumphs parallel twins and I can't help think that the proportions look all wrong for a stylish custom cruiser in the H-D mould. At first glance in the paper today I actually thought `EN500` - and that can't be good! But as with so many Triumph's coming from Hinckley, perhaps it's what the market and dealers can DO with the basic platform that will inform the sales success or failure. I wasn't convinced by the Bonnevilles when they were first released, but have to say that one of the best riding experiences I had last year was a lazy ride through the New Forest on a T100 so lets hope once its blinged and pimped, the cruiser can really show what it can do. Dynamically, bet it will piss on the Hardleys and the Vickys.

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Mar 07

Posts: 3215

Boult says:

What is it

aboput it's design that screams 'Triumph'......?...... he's looking for the kick-start (again.)!!

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Jun 05

Posts: 12

More Junk

It looks like more heavy junk to me. Why don't Triumph make a proper twin cylinder motorbike. Even the Bonneville range is overweight. That bike is a straight-liner, for people who are scared of corners.

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Sep 03

Posts: 5

ccrider77 says:


I'll withhold judgment until I see the final production copy. The spy photos of test mules never do the machines justice. If the specs are right, it could be a moderate success in America but I don't think it will match the success of the new Bonnie, T100 or Thruxton in any way.

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Sep 04

Posts: 10

spondonash says:

more success

I think too many people link what THEY want or like to success. This bike doesn't really appeal to me but no doubt it will be more success for Triumph especially given that it will be entering into the huge booming cruiser market. I can see it selling well which really only needs to be a few 1000 as Triumph are a small manufacturer. Good on them, another winner I reckon.

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Jan 08

Posts: 3

Dino55 says:

the best new triumph

as a classic triumph owner and a harley owner i always thought that triumph needed a larger compasity twin silder and at last it looks like they've come up with one. so it looks like someone has woken up to the fact that a slightly smaller brother to the rocket 3 is needed in their product range. and it would be good computition to harley davidson. (if i had the spare readies i would be legging it to my nearist dealer ordering a fully dressed model).

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Sep 07

Posts: 6

jmee54 says:

Triumph 1700

I hope this isn't Triumphs final design because they couldn't have made it much uglier. The Harley "Cross Bones" !!! is only another revamp of an ancient design but it exudes style and attitude. The Triumph has the ugliest motor, exhaust and over all look of any new bike I've seen in a long time. Yuk!!!

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Sep 05

Posts: 7

nigle says:

Triumph 1700

The weakest links in the current Triumph range are the undynamic America and Speedster. This looks far too similar to those overweight slugs. Triumph don,t have to fake Harleys. They actually produced the original factory custom in the X75 Hurricane.Triumph just need to junk the fakes and produce a modern lightweight version of the X75 with USD forks and sports brakes.

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