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Triumph launches new Speed Triple, Thunderbird Storm and America


by Marc Cantin ,

I visited Triumph France last Monday (Sep 27) which allowed me to discover that the respected British manufacturer, who just celebrated their 20th anniversary, was launching a multitude of new and evolved models during the upcoming Cologne and Milan Bike shows.

The actual launch news, incomplete as it may be for the Canadian market, has just come out in Europe, regarding three models launched at the Intermot Show in Cologne earlier this week.

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2011 Speed triple
An upgraded version of the wonderful 1050cc three cylinder engine forms the basis for the completely revamped and most exciting model of the Triumph line, the Speed Triple. Lighter, with an extra 8hp (Estimated) and 5lb-ft of torque, and updated electronics, this naked fun bike will certainly be even more of a hoot than the storming older version.

Appearance has not been neglected either, as the bike looks the part of a Street Warrior, while optional ABS and tire pressure monitors add to safety.

You can expect more information as soon as it arrives or when I can get my clammy hands on one for a test ride.

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2011 Thunderbird Storm
I just rode the 2010 1700 Thunderbird last week in France, and the 1600 earlier this year, and can’t wait to get my hands on this upgraded Storm model, as Triumph keeps raising the bar on this traditional cruiser on steroids, a magnified version of the older classic-looking Bonneville models. This is much more machine than the 800cc smaller brethren, without having to go whole hog (You know what I mean!) or the Rocket III route.

With 98 hp at 5,200 rpm and 115 ft-lbs of torque at an attractively low 2,950 rpm, this torque monster will be a breeze to ride in town despite an impressive girth (339kg), and great fun on the open road or weaving you way through your favourite country road.

Looks have turned darker as per the current trend, and ABS will be available as an option.

Due in Canada next spring, we will advise you of pricing as soon as we hear.

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2011 America
The America gets a styling update, with new wheels, rear fender and swept-back bars. It appears that the Speedmaster has also been changed a bit – details to come later.No word on pricing but the America will likely come to Canada early in 2011. Check out the Triumph UK site for the entire bumph on the Euro versions of these new machines.