Triumph Street Single | Coming Soon

One if by land?

By Alan Cathcart, Illustration by Motociclismo Brasil

Triumph motorcycle production continues to reach new heights, with the company on-track to build 53,000 motorcycles this year in two British and three Thai factories. Much of this growth is the result of a headlong rush into new markets with bold products like the Tiger 800 adventure bike and Daytona 675 supersport. Triumph will continue to extend its range, which has grown from 13 models in 2007 to 20 models in 2011, with even more new models planned for the next two years. We’ve already spied the large-capacity Trophy tourer (Up To Speed, February), and it’s widely understood this motor will also power a new adventure-tourer to compete with BMW’s R1200GS. Now we’ve learned that Triumph is developing new product at the opposite end of the spectrum, in the form of a small-displacement, single-cylinder beginner’s bike.

News of this machine first broke in Brazilian magazine Motociclismo, which says the bike will be assembled at a new Triumph factory in Manaus, Brazil, from kits produced at one of Triumph’s Thai factories. The so-called Street Single will be presented in 2012 and will be powered by a liquid-cooled, four-valve, single-cylinder engine displacing 267 to 350cc, depending on where it’s sold. This will be a potent rival for the Indo-Austrian KTM 350 Duke in developing markets, and a distinctive and desirable alternative in America to the Kawasaki Ninja 250 and Honda CBR250R—the latter, by no coincidence, also made in Thailand.

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