Co-developed by Bajaj and Triumph, the upcoming 350cc motorcycle was spotted for the first time in India; The mid-capacity two-wheeler sports a scrambler like styling and will likely rival the likes of the Royal Enfield 350cc line-up.
Bajaj Auto India and Triumph Motorcycles UK announced their partnership in the year 2017 and committed to introducing new mid-capacity motorcycles in the market. Adhering to their plans, the test mule of the first motorcycle developed in the alliance was spotted testing for the first time in India. The news came after the spy shots of the mid-capacity motorcycle surfaced online and the two-wheeler looked almost production ready. Reportedly, these new offerings from the partnership are primarily developed by Triumph while the production aspect will be handled by Bajaj.
Bajaj-Triumph 350cc Motorcycle: Design and Equipment Details
Going by the spy shots, the Bajaj-Triumph motorcycle appears to follow a retro styling theme with a hint of modernisation. Upfront, the round headlight setup is paired with a set of retro-styled indicators and rearview mirrors. The prominent visor will ensure optimum wind deflection and the two-wheeler uses a conventional handlebar setup. The fuel tank looks quite muscular accompanied by a fuel lid finished in chrome on the top. The bike uses minimum body panels and the same is reflected by the exposed frame elements throughout. It gets a split seat setup with a rear grab handle for the pillion.
Along with this, the bike sports a dual barrel exhaust, cash swing arm, all-black multi-spoke alloy wheels, exposed chain drive and the test mule is fitted with a host of accessories such as tank bag, knuckle guards, tail bag, tank pads, and a saddle bag of the left side. The bike is expected to use all LED lighting setup while maintaining its retro charm.
The suspension duties will be handled by the USD fork up-front and the rear gets a mono-shock setup. In terms of brakes, the test mule is using disc brakes at the front as well as rear and the presence of dual channel ABS is quite obvious. The braking setup is from ByBre and the front disc seems to be a 320mm rotor with a radially mounted calliper, something similar to what we have seen on the KTM Duke series. The bike is riding on 17-inch wheels fitted with block pattern tyres which are a good match for mild off-roading.
Bajaj-Triumph 350cc Motorcycle: Powertrain
While the details about the engine are scarce at the moment, the bike will most likely sport a single cylinder air plus liquid-cooled engine with a capacity in the range of 350-400cc. It will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a toe shifter. The power output from the system will be in line with its immediate rivals.
Bajaj-Triumph 350cc Motorcycle: Launch Timeline, Pricing and Rivals
The test mule was spotted in the vicinity of Bajaj’s production facility in Pune in its production ready guise, we expect it to debut in the first half of 2023. As the bike will be manufactured locally by Bajaj, the pricing will likely be quite competitive, ranging from Rs. 2.5 to 3 lakh (ex-showroom). Once launched, the two-wheeler will take on the likes of the Royal Enfield 350cc series and upcoming 450cc Himalayan Scram twins along with other modern and retro bikes in the segment like KTM Duke 390, BMW G310R, Yezdi siblings and Honda CB350s amongst others.