Same old good looks

New fea­tures are hid­den to re­tain the Tri­umph style, writes MARKHINCHLIFFE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Bikes -

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.

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