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The new Street Triple models offer more capacity, more power and aggressive new looks.
Triumph Motorcycles is celebrating what it is calling its best sales year ever in North America, boasting a 21% gain on sales in 2016 over the previous year, and for the first time ever, clearing over 13,000 units sold.
“There is no greater testament to the tireless work and outstanding Brand representation of our dealer partners than seeing this kind of success on the sales floor,” said Matt Sheahan, COO of Triumph Motorcycles America.
“We want to thank our dealers for their efforts and our new customers for joining the Triumph Family. We are looking forward to riding with you in 2017!”
We have heard this kind of news before from Triumph, of course, though the up-tick in sales was due more to channel stuffing (selling bikes to dealers, regardless if they wanted them or not) and not actual sales to consumers. Hopefully that is not the case again here.
That being said, Triumph has been well-positioned with its heritage line of motorcycles, with bikes like the Bonneville being favorites amongst the post-authentic crowd.
The rest of lineup however, has been seemingly left to languish.
The Tiger Explorer 1200 didn’t see the same success of its 800cc sibling, the Tiger 800; and the Daytona 675 is very long in the tooth. The recently updated Speed Triple, is about as new as the new Triumph Street Triple, which debuted today and gets a displacement boost to 765cc.
If the early comments are any indication, Triumph missed the mark with this debut as well though – over-hyping what is amounting to an iterative change for the iconic machine.
Hopefully, 2017 brings more surprises from the British brand. We certainly look forward to seeing what motor they offer in the Moto2 Championship, as they take over the spec-engine contract for the 2019 season.
Source: Triumph North America
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It didn’t take long for the news to become officially official, but MV Agusta USA and MV Agusta Canada have come under new ownership, as the Italian brand attempts to relaunch itself in the North American market.
Heading the new efforts is Urban Moto Group, headed by Joseph Elasmar, who imports MV Agusta, Benelli, EBR, Royal Enfield, and other brands into Australia.
According to the their agreement, both MV Agusta and Urban Moto will co-develop the North America territories, with the aim of capitalizing on the region’s large market for big displacement motorcycles
“We are very excited to build a successful relationship with Urban Moto Group as a new partner also overseeing and developing the presence of MV Agusta in the USA market,” said Giovanni Castiglioni. “MV Agusta CEO Urban Moto has a remarkable track record in delivering a strong dealership network, backed with excellent customer service and dealer support.”
We are very confident that with Urban Moto we will enter in a new era for MV Agusta in the States, invigorating sales and passion for our motorcycles. Along with the binding agreements signed with Black Ocean Group for a capital increase in MV Agusta, the reorganisation of the US market is another milestone in MV Agusta restructuring plan; our sole focus is clearly consolidating our leadership in the production of high end motorcycles under the MV Agusta brand, and the North American Market will play an important role in our future.”
According to the company’s press release, MV Agusta USA will continue to operate out of Pennsylvania, but will be opening a second office on the West Coast, in California.
The release is light on details for the Canadian market, though it is expected that MV Agusta USA will handle Canadian operations, but with boots on the ground in Canada as well.
Source: MV Agusta
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As expected, today we get to see the 2017 Triumph Street Triple, with its new engine capacity: 765cc. The new engine displacement comes from both an increase in bore and stroke on the iconic three-cylinder motor, with Triumph using a new crank, pistons, and barrels in its construction.
Three flavors of Triumph Street Triple will be available for 2017, with S, R, and RS-spec (above) machines being available, with obvious performance differences existing between the trim levels.
As such, peak horsepower will be 113hp (S), 118hp (R), and 123hp (RS) – a notable boost over the 675cc machine’s 105hp. Meanwhile, peak torque has been improved from 50 lbs•ft, now to 53 lbs•ft (S) and 56 lbs•ft (R & RS).
All the models tip the scales at 166kg (dry) according to Triumph, which is a 2kg reduction over the outgoing model.
The bump in displacement is surely a result of two factors: 1) the tightening emissions controls in Europe, which have seen manufacturers bumping bikes up in displacement to hit horsepower goals, and 2) a response to the burgeoning middleweight streetfighter market, which is moving to engine sizes that are closer to 800cc in displacement.
Adding some refinement to the smaller streetfighter, Triumph has included a TFT dash on the R & RS models, as well as a slipper clutch. The RS model sees the addition of a quickshifter.
The Triumph Street Triple RS also comes with higher spec components, including fully adjustable Showa big-piston forks (BPF), Öhlins TTX 40 shock, and Brembo M50 four-piston caliper brakes up front. The Street Triple RS includes five riding modes on its ride-by-wire system.
Meanwhile, the Triumph Street Triple R only gets four riding modes, and sees its go-fast components speced-down to separate-function Showa big-piston forks (SF-BPF), a Showa rear shock, and Brembo M4.32 four-piston calipers.
The Triumph Street Triple S makes do with two riding modes, separate-function Showa forks (SFF), a preload-adjustable Showa rear shock, and two-piston front brakes.
There’s no word yet on pricing of availability in the USA at this moment. Hopefully we’ll hear from Triumph soon about that.