Same old good looks
New features are hidden to retain the Triumph style, writes MARKHINCHLIFFE
TRIUMPH has kept with the retro look of its carburetted 865cc parallel-twin engines, even though they are now fuel injected. Unless you know what to look for, you couldn’t tell the difference between the new fuel-injected Bonneville range and America and Speedmaster cruisers, as the injectors are enclosed in a dummy ‘‘carbie’’ to retain that retro look.
Triumph Australia technical manager Cliff Stovall says it’s even fooled dealers.
‘‘Every single dealer has rung up and said, ‘You sent me a carbie bike instead of the new one’. It is that well disguised,’’ he says.
Even the ‘‘choke’’ remains, though now it is a ‘‘cold start’’ button. However, it wasn’t needed even when starting the bikes in frosty Armidale earlier this month on the national launch of the new 2009 range.
The prices remain the same, except for a $200 increase in the injected T100 to $13,990, matching the Thruxton.
Stovall says Triumph was reticent to fuelinject its retro-naked bikes and old-style cruisers, but was forced into the move to meet stringent European emissions standards.
The launch ride from Port Macquarie to Armidale and back gave the Bonneville T100, Thruxton 900, America and Speedmaster plenty of opportunity to show the engine’s potential. It now revs much freer with no perceptible fuel-injection snatch off idle.
The fuel-injected Thruxton and T100 are available now. The Steve McQueen-inspired Scrambler will be fuel-injected next year and is currently in run-out mode.