Triumph Motorcyles to sell 1,500 units this fiscal

UK-based Triumph Motorcycles, one of the world's oldest motorcycle makers, plans to sell 1,500 units of its super machines in India this fiscal year, on expectation of the Indian market  posting strong demand in the upcoming festival season.

The sales of super bikes, generally those with engines over 500cc had been increasing at a rapid pace in India, with purchases seen at over 4,000 units in the first five months of this fiscal year already surpassing 3,200 of last year.

Triumph made an entry into the Indian market earlier this year and had already sold over 800 bikes until end-August.

Vimal Sumbly, managing director Triumph Motorcycles India, told ET that India was one the world's fastest growing super bike markets and the company had ambitious plans to tap this potential.

He added, it was the fastest growing market for Triumph and the company aimed to capture around 15 per cent of this niche segment this fiscal year when around 10,000 units would be  expected to be sold (in total).

He added, the company was adding new products and increasing the assembly operations to cater to the rising demand such as  the new Thunderbird LT, a 1699cc cruiser priced Rs 15.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) joining the Thunderbird Storm Rocket III Roadster in the company's cruiser lineup, Rush Lane reported.

Triumph had been a success with its 11 international models clocking 835 units (Bookings & Retails) since operations started in India. The success had inspired the company to add one more bike to the luxury cruiser segment which had been growing in importance in India.

Triumph Thunderbird features radial tyres with white sidewalls, which is being seen for the first time on bikes in its class. It is comes with a 1699cc engine capable of 94 PS power at 5,400 rpm.

It delivers 151 Nm torque at 3,550 rpm with power transmission to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox. The new Triumph LT also comes with shrouded forks, a detachable windshield, detachable leather saddlebags and customised mudguards. The seat was at a low height and is made from two layers of foam offering lumbar support for added comfort.

The motorcycle comes in Caspian Blue / Crystal White and Lava Red / Phantom Black colours. The bike weighs a total of 349 kgs and has a 22 litre capacity tank. The Thunder LT also comes with a 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.