First showroom of the iconic British bike specialists will open on St Mark's road next month
From George Clooney to Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Jason Statham, almost every Hollywood star has roared on a Triumph, the iconic British motorcycle brand. For some bikers, it's more of a legend than a brand and commands more religious zeal than loyalty. It's now Bangalore's turn to get religious.
The first showroom of the brand will open in the city on St Mark's Road in the second week of January. Bangalore's interest in biking is such that the dealer Keerthi has already been flooded with bookings even though the showroom is yet to be opened.
"The dealership came through in the last week of October and we are looking at a formal launch to the showroom in early January," said Samarth Nandish, general manager, Keerthi Triumph."Bookings are controlled by Triumph India. Deliveries will begin in January itself on a first-come-first-serve basis."
This is Triumph's second innings in India after a hiatus of over half-a-century. The brand was popular during the British Raj and many bikes were seen on Bangalore roads from the 1930s to the late 1950s. The bikes will now be pitted against Harley Davidson, Royal Enfield and BMW.
The British bike specialists have readied an impressive line-up of 10 bikes priced between Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 22 lakh for India. "It's very exciting that Triumph is coming to Bangalore," said Karthik Gowda, member of the Bangalore Motorcycle Club. "From reliable makers in England, I think this is the father of all machines. I'm quite sure whoever enjoys riding a bullet would definitely love to ride Triumph. The prices too are very competitive."
Triumph is building a production plant in Narsapura near Bangalore which is expected to be ready by 2015. For now though, the bikes will be put together at the company's CKD (completely-knocked down) plant in Manesar, Haryana.
The six models that will be assembled in Manesar are - Bonneville, Bonneville T100, Daytona 675R, Street Triple, Speed Triple and Thruxton while the bigger bikes — Rocket III Roadster, Tiger Explorer, Tiger 800 XC and Thunderbird Storm will be imported as CBUs (completely built units) from UK and Thailand.