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Should Triumph make a small capacity bike?

Rumours rumble on about Triumph making a 350cc single-cylinder bike, perhaps aimed at the Asian market. Should they do it?  

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Ridefree

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Ridefree says:

Asia's going to remain with small capacity bikes, and for anything bigger they'll now move on to cars designed to be cheap. It's what happened here in the 60's with the Mini.

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Ridefree

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Ridefree says:

For other markets, Triumph proved a very long time ago that you can make a twin practically no bigger than a single, but with better performance.

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

2294cc

Is what the Triumph website says for the Rocket III displacement.  Rounds to 2.3L, eh?

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

It would

be nice if they did, and even nicer if they went on to release it over here.

As it is, there's precious little between 125cc and 600cc bikes, so an insurable, reliable machine in between would be nice; I can't see it happening though. Anyone remember Kawasaki's 400cc ER-4 with 43bhp (which was launched in Japan only)?

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mark0711

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mark0711 says:

Im not interested in triumph until they make there tourers shaft drive and cruisers belt drive , everybody else has so why not triumph , thats there only let down

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

mark0711!

The Rocket 3 has been shaft drive since it came out 8 years ago and the new 1200 Explorer is shaft drive too. The Thunderbird cruiser is belt drive and the soon-to-be-released Trophy tourer is a shafty too. Now then, wheres your nearest Triumph dealer! You need to read a few more brochures and web sites.

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zoobaz

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zoobaz says:

Mark0711

Belt drive?

Harley use Belt Drive to solve a variety of engineering issues that the Triumph simply doesn't have - OK they use belt for the bigger displacement Tbird but I hope it never makes it onto the Speedmaster and America as it causes more technical hurdles than it solves (on less vibey engines).

Fenner belts (and suchlike) are more suited to constant load levels with constant belt tensions - quite the opposite or a motorcycle final drive system, which has to put up with a constantly varying load and belt tension. The chain final drive technology has come a long way in the last 100 years and it's still one of the best final drive transfer methods.

I've lost count of the amount of Fenners I've replaced over the years!

Baz

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TrumpetTriple

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chilliesauce69

What part of the heading don't you understand, this is about Triumph building a small bike not somewhere to plug something else.

They ought to, but as has been mentioned a few times they need to up their quality control, the classic range really do seem to suffer early corrosion, particularly the Bonnies.

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

TrumpetTriple!

I can only speak from my experiences but my wifes 5 year old, 15,000 mile Bonny T100 looks great and the only place where the finish has suffered (slightly!) is the paint on the crankcase on the front of the engine which has discoloured where the weather has had its effect. But no screws have rusted, or black paint peeled, the only chrome to suffer is a little on one of the Norman Hyde silencers where it has flaked off! I have offered to help her buy a new bike but she wants to keep this one. A highly satisfied customer!

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