On the 8th of August, Indian motorcycle giant Bajaj and UK-based sportsbike maker Triumph announced a partnership. The first product from this partnership will come in 3 years, and will be a ‘middleweight’ sub-800 cc motorcycle. Now, Rajiv Bajaj, the MD of Bajaj Auto, has revealed new details about this partnership.
- Bajaj-Triumph is serious about taking Royal Enfield head on. To this end, a brand new manufacturing facility will be set up at Chakan, off Pune.
- The quantum of money to be invested in the new factory, and its total production capacity will be decided in 6 months.
- The first Bajaj-Triumph bike is expected to arrive in 2020.
- A year before the new bike launches, Bajaj will take over Triumph dealerships in India. Until then, Triumph’s Indian subsidiary will manage the current crop of 13 dealerships across the country.
- Bajaj will also market, distribute and support Triumph bikes in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Columbia and most of Africa.
- Triumph will continue to handle other markets that it already has a presence in, read most part of the western world.
The new Bajaj-Triumph bike is expected to take on the upcoming, 750 cc offerings from Royal Enfield. A sharp price tag for the Bajaj-Triumph motorcycle is on the cards as both parts and production will happen locally, in India. The bike will also be exported to countries around the world, just like the KTM-Bajaj models.
Speculations surrounding the new motorcycle range from a street-bike to an adventure model. These details will be apparent only after the test mules of the upcoming bike are spotted. But what’s certain is that the Indian motorcycle enthusiast will soon have yet another world class motorcycle brand that she/he can buy and enjoy riding.