As we expected after reading California Air Resource Board documents, Triumph revealed a new LT version to its Thunderbird family, alongside the also-new Thunderbird Commander at the 2013 EICMA show in Milan. Follow the rest of our 2013 EICMA show coverage The 2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT adds a windscreen, additional lighting, removable leather saddlebags and […]
2015 Triumph 250 Preview
With all the new motorcycles Triumph presented earlier this month at the 2013 EICMA show in Milan, Italy, we were hoping to see the company’s new 250cc models. Unfortunately, the new small-displacement Triumph models (which made our list of Top 10 Motorcycles to Watch For at EICMA) were not yet ready to be revealed, though Triumph did offer us a glimpse of what to expect, with a sketch of its 250 sportbike.
At Milan, the company referred to the sportbike as “Triumph’s New 250″, though it will get a proper name when it’s officially, presented as a 2015 model, likely at next year’s EICMA show or at Intermot in Cologne, Germany. There’s a good chance the sportbike will be called the Triumph Daytona 250, following in the tradition of the Daytona 675, and its 600, 650 and 955i predecessors.
Discuss this at our Triumph Daytona 250 Forum.
Triumph will also produce a naked roadster version, just as the Street Triple is essentially a naked Daytona 675. Spy photos captured ahead of EICMA revealed a prototype with similar styling as the Street Triple including its bug-eyed headlights. The photos also reveal a single-cylinder engine, steel tube frame and telescopic fork, components it will assuredly share with the sportbike.
Both models will be produced at Triumph’s new factory in Karnataka, India. Triumph will release its new 250 models in India and other emerging markets. With Triumph showing the sketch at EICMA, there’s a very good chance we’ll see them in western markets as well.