Triumph announce 2009 line-up at Global Dealer Conference
By: Garret Cashman | Published 13 September 2008, 02:05 | Views: 3,952 | tags: motorcycles, triumph, 2009 models, street triple, thunderbird, daytona 675, bonneville se, t100, icc, birmingham
Britain’s legendary motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph, yesterday unveiled their plans for 2009 at their Global Dealer Conference, held at the ICC in Birmingham.In front of over 1,000 dealer delegates from around the world, Triumph revealed a number of striking updates to existing best-selling bikes, plus previewed an exciting new model.
2009 Bonneville, Bonneville SE, T100 and 50th Anniversary Special Edition:
For 2009 Triumph has taken inspiration from the ‘70s for the iconic Bonneville, with significant updates for the coming year and a new version, the Bonneville SE, also joining the range. Both models feature authentic retro styling plus a host of chassis changes aimed at making the bikes easier to ride and giving them an even wider appeal. Visually, the most striking difference comes with the new 17” cast alloy wheels at the front and rear, shorter mudguards and stylish megaphone silencers from the sporty Thruxton.
New handlebars are closer to the rider and the seat height is reduced by 25mm, making the riding position more relaxed and accessible. The smaller, lighter front wheel helps make the new Bonneville an even more manoeuvrable and agile machine. Complementing the clean lines are classic black or white colour options.
The higher-specification Bonneville SE features an array of special equipment, including a tacho, chromed tank badges and brushed alloy engine casings. The SE comes in a choice of solid Jet Black or a classic two-tone livery combining the dark Pacific Blue with Fusion White.
Riders looking for a Sixties-style Bonneville are catered for with the wire-wheeled T100 model, which has been updated with detail changes for 2009. The retro classic gets new handlebar clamps, restyled footrests, black clock surrounds and a white Triumph logo on the seat, while fork gaiters, previously available as an optional extra, come as standard.
Triumph also unveiled a limited edition 50th Anniversary Bonneville, based on the T100, and celebrating 50 years of this iconic motorcycle. Only 650 Bonneville T100 50th Anniversary edition bikes will be produced, echoing the engine capacity of the original ‘50s machine. Each will be individually numbered and identified with a brass plate on the handlebar clamp and a certificate of authentication. Other features include a unique orange and blue colour scheme based on the 1959 ‘Tangerine Dream’ original, white piping and a gold Triumph logo on the seat, special decals on the side panels and a chromed cam cover.
Although the Bonneville family share the same name and timeless looks of the ‘60s and ‘70s machines, they feature a modern chassis and fuel-injected, 865cc twin-cylinder engine.
The 2009 T100 and 50th Anniversary Bonnevillle will be available from the end of July, and are priced at £5,999 otr* and £6,499 otr* respectively. The 2009 Bonneville and Bonneville SE will be available from January 2009, price to be confirmed.
2009 Daytona 675:
Triumph’s award-winning Daytona 675 has been uprated for the 2009 season with a host of modifications to improve the bike’s already class-leading handling and performance. The only three-cylinder bike in its class now weighs 3kg less and develops 3PS more power than its predecessor.
Triumph’s R&D department has taken an evolutionary approach with the 2009 Daytona. The latest specification 675cc three-cylinder engine utilises a 450rpm higher rev limit than the 2008 model, while the hydraulic cam chain tensioner and higher ratio first gear have jumped straight from the race kit to become standard equipment for the road. he new, 2kg-lighter exhaust system, recalibrated fuel injection and revised cylinder head, with new valves and a modified combustion chamber, contribute to a powerplant pumping out 128PS and revving to a 13,950rpm redline. A new magnesium cam cover also contributes to the weight-saving and, as a further benefit to racers and track day enthusiasts, Triumph will be adding a ‘plug and play’ quickshifter to its genuine accessories range.
The Daytona 675 comes equipped with top of the line suspension and brakes. The fully-adjustable 41mm upside down forks and rear monoshock unit both benefit from highly sophisticated high and low speed damping control, allowing riders to set their Daytona up with maximum accuracy. New radial-mount Nissin monobloc brakes give even greater levels of stopping power and rider feedback, and new wheels give significant savings in unsprung weight and help the bike change direction more easily. The latest Pirelli SuperCorsa SP tyres have been specified for their outstanding levels of both grip and feedback.
It’s not just the performance that’s been enhanced – the 2009 Daytona 675 has also been restyled, with a new cockpit, headlamp and screen. It comes in two colour options, Jet Black and Tornado Red.
The new Daytona 675 will be available in December and priced £7,499 otr*.
2009 Street Triple R:
Following on from the phenomenally successful Street Triple, Triumph is introducing a new, higher-specification version for 2009 – the Street Triple R.
With the Street Triple already regarded as the class-leading middleweight streetfighter, the ‘R’ version takes the standard bike and adds race track technology. Fully-adjustable 41mm upside down forks and a top-spec rear monoshock unit with piggy back reservoir deliver sublime handling, while radially-mounted four piston calipers grab the twin 308mm brake discs and ensure the Street Triple R stops as well as it goes.
At the heart of Street Triple R is the Street Triple’s highly-acclaimed fuel-injected 675cc three-cylinder unit, producing 108PS at 11,700rpm, while its fully adjustable sports suspension and powerful four-piston radial brakes are derived from the award-winning, 2008 Daytona 675. The new Street Triple R has been designed to rival traditional supersport machines with its superlative handling and stunning stopping power, while offering the comfort and attitude of a streetfighter. The sporty feel is completed with wide, tapered aluminium handlebars from Magura and a 5mm taller seat height that puts the Street Triple R rider in the perfect position to attack the twisty stuff or cut its way through the urban jungle.
Completing the Street Triple R’s distinctive look are two all-new exclusive colour schemes: Matt Graphite with orange graphics and Matt Blazing Orange with grey graphics (the latter will be available from January 2009). Both colour options are further enhanced by black anodised forks and a two-tone black and graphite seat.
The new Street Triple R will be available in September and priced at £6,099*.
Triumph also unveiled the all-new Thunderbird at the Global Dealer Conference. The eagerly-anticipated cruiser is set to go on sale next summer and is an important addition to the company’s cruiser range.
The Thunderbird features an all-new 1,600cc, parallel twin-cylinder motor with six-speed gearbox and belt drive. Designed to take on the best in the cruiser category, combining sleek and modern custom styling with strong performance and great dynamics, the Thunderbird delivers an authentic cruiser experience in a uniquely Triumph package.
The Thunderbird will be offered with an extensive range of official accessories for riders who wish to tailor the bike to their individual needs. An ABS option will also be available.
Other changes to the 2009 range include a new colour option – Phantom Black and New England White – for Triumph’s stripped down factory custom, the Speedmaster, plus a rugged new look for the Scrambler. This popular retro model has been given a tough new look for 2009, thanks to an attitude-filled Matt Khaki Green colour scheme echoing military bikes of the 1950s and 1960s. The Scrambler, which takes its design cues from the off-road bikes of the ‘60s, will also be available in Jet Black.
Both the 2009 Speedmaster and Scrambler will be available from August and are priced at £6,199 otr* and £5,999 otr* respectively.
*On the road price includes manufacturer’s delivery to retailer, number plates, petrol and VAT but excludes first registration fee, vehicle excise duty and first service charges.
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