2011 Triumph Adventure Teased – Tiger Cub Cometh?

07/07/2010 @ 6:16 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

Triumph is announcing a new adventure bike model on its dedicated website and Facebook page today, which for now is dubbed the Triumph Adventure. Presumably based off an sub-1050cc three-cylinder motor, the 2011 Triumph Adventure is expected to debut at the 2010 EICMA show, and come in two varieties: street and off-road.

Tackling the lucrative Adventure tourer market, Triumph seems to think there’s space to grow into with a more middle-weight offering, choosing not to compete head-to-head with the best selling BMW GS, newcomer Ducati Multistrada 1200, and the soon-to-arrive Yamaha Super Ténéré.

According to its website, Triumph plans on releasing more videos every 28 days with more information on the engine coming out on August 7th, information on the chassis September 1st, and clothing and accessories on October 6th, with the final unveil being at Milan in November. More information as we get it.

Source: Triumph

  • bikepilot

    How is the existing 1050 Tiger not competing head to head with the other big adv-touring bikes? Its been in production since the early 1990s (in various displacements) and until the latest iteration has been quite similar to the big GS (19″ front wheel, longish suspension, large fuel tank, spoked wheels until about ’06). The later one went more the route of the MTS and now defunct XB12X with a more street/sport nature.

    Their 675cc motor has been very popular in the street triple and there’s been clamor for a tiger-cub for a long time. I’d imagine that if they could stroke the small block triple a bit for more low-mid torque without loosing too much peak power that it’d make quite a nice mini-tiger. If they stay with the sporting street nature they’ll have a bit of a niche with really on the versys to compete with since the BM W 800s have more of an off road bias and tall skinny tires that negatively affect street manners.

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  • BP, How many Tigers has Triumph sold? (rhetorical question). I wouldn’t call that “competing” in one of the hottest segments right now.

    It does remain to be seen how this bike will add to, or replace the current Triumph Tiger. Time will tell.

  • bikepilot

    I’ve no idea, but probably more than Ducati has multistradas – certainly in the aggregate, perhaps even in recent years. In any event, not nabbing an equal market share doesn’t mean they aren’t competing, it just means that they are smaller or not winning the competition, but I seriously doubt that’s a choice. They’ve chosen to produce the tiger every year for the past 2 decades or so and the bike is more or less a direct competitor for the GS (at least until the 1050cc version). They may have chosen to compete and not been wildly successful, but they haven’t chosen not to compete with either Ducati or BMW in the general market.

    I think there is a good argument that the 1050cc version with its 17″ wheels was a decision to move away from the “off road” (really more like dirt road) biased BMW and toward the Ducati and Buell, but if we are to lump bikes with stick 17″ tires in with knobby 19″ tires then they are all in the same market I think. The big tiger serves a nice niche in being the only non-exotically priced, sporting open class adv-ish bike. The v-strom is cheap, but lacks the sporting chassis and quick turning, sticky 17″ tires. The Buell was a bit more expensive and is now defunct and the ducati starts at $15k. If anyone wants to spend about 10-11k for something in this niche, the tiger is their only option. Maybe its a smallish niche, but I think its real and will be enduring, especially when combined with the essentially unique triple (Benelli hasn’t made a big dent in that niche yet I think).

    In any event, I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with, but will probably buy a MTS1200 sooner or later :)

  • Ron McElroy

    The 800 tiger will be a great seller but I do question why the 900 scambler hasn’t reached higher with mods like a 21″ front wheel, hard aluminum panniers, suspension upgrades ect… ?