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Triumph 2017: Bigger Engines, Expanded Range…?

Published October 4, 2016

Triumph are also setting up for some big unveils in Germany over the next few days, and the company has some seriously ambitious plans. In brief, the new Euro4 rules and regulations have forced many of Triumph’s fan favorite models into an uncertain future. How have Triumph responded? With vigor, it seems. Triumph are planning on updating almost everything to accommodate the new emissions laws, and they’re adding a few models to their ever-increasing range too.

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Let’s talk new models: the Bonneville range will be expanding significantly, and you’ll be spoiled for choice. Firstly, 2017 will bring the T100, a 900cc version of the T120, which will be powered by the Street Twin engine. The main difference between the T100 and the classic T120 will be a single front disc rotor, the rest will be almost identical to the latter T120 model. From this new chassis and engine configuration, Triumph are at liberty to restyle a range of Bonnevilles into whatever they feel like.

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The very same engine to be powered with the 900cc engine will be the all new “Street Cup.” In essence, this will be Triumph’s more entry level attempt at a Triumph Thruxton. It will come with the usual café racer attire as expected from a baby Thruxton, but it’s built on top of the Street Twin chassis instead.

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Triumph’s iconic Scrambler model will also sport the 900cc Bonneville engine, but will come some significant body changes throughout the line. Not as many as the Bonneville Bobber though. The Bonneville Bobber was first seen over a year ago, and promised to be the first Triumph cruiser to sport the new Bonneville engine. It will come with a bizarre chassis, that gives the impression of a hardtail, but actually contains a hidden rear shock. If that’s not odd enough, Triumph have also supplied the Bobber with a “single seat only” configuration, with no room for any type of passenger accommodation whatsoever. It’s all been patented and trademarked, so this really will be a thing.

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It would be interesting to see if models like the Speedmaster or the America would be updated to give buyers a little more choice in the cruiser-tourer market, perhaps with the faux-hardtail look too? That would be something worth investigating, right? A bigger displacement cruiser like the Speedmaster would definitely be a cooler alternative that the Triumph Trophy. Not as practical, but visually more appealing. When we see the Trophy at INTERMOT or EICMA, we expect it to have had some necessary Euro4 upgrades, particularly in the electronics department.

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The real big news is surrounding the Street Triple though. When you think of “Triumph” the number “675” will immediately spring to mind. This might become a thing of the past though, as Triumph will be enlarging the Street Triple to 765cc – no doubt because of those pesky emissions laws. The Street Triple will now have four models in its range, including the base model and “R” model. There will also be an “RT” sports touring version, with partial fairings, and a top of the range “RS.” All of the models will no doubt be fitted with traction control and a comprehensive electronics package, and the maximum power of these machines will range from 110 hp to 125 hp, depending on what model you opt for.

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We already know that the Euro4 regulations have been the death of the mid-sized sports category, and it looks like Triumph are going to have to make some cuts. Nothing is 100% but all signs indicate that the incredible Triumph Daytona 675 will be dropped from the line-up. The compromise that would have to be made for the engine to become Euro4 compliant would be too great: the bike would be well underpowered compared to its nearest competitors. However, that doesn’t mean the dream is over. There could well be a surprise 765 Street Triple engine thrown into the Daytona package, but there has been nothing to suggest that that could happen. Reports have suggested that we shouldn’t be expecting any new Triumph super sport models in the near future. With that in mind, it might be time to say goodbye to the Daytona 675. But, anything can happen over the next few weeks…

daytona675r(Editors Note: This article may be published shortly after Triumph’s INTERMOT unveilings…!)

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