Triumph is best-known for the sporty machines in their lineup, but they build cruisers too. Now, spy photos seem to indicate they’re going up against Harley-Davidson’s biggest, baddest touring bikes.
Check out the shots that were published in the Motorcycle News. At first glance, the machine appears to be an Electra Glide, but that’s actually a parallel twin from Hinkley hidden under all that bodywork. MCN claims this bike is kitted out with Harley bits for testing purposes.
Of course, if Triumph really is working on a fully-loaded touring cruiser to compete with the MoCo, they would have their own proprietary bags and fairing.
MCN is also claiming Harley-Davidson is working on a Road King competitor as well.
Triumph has built touring cruisers before; there’s a bagger version of their Rocket III which has been on the market for a few years, with hard panniers and a fork-mounted fairing. But if these spy shots are accurate, it would seem Triumph is planning a much more direct assault on Harley-Davidson’s market.
This move shouldn’t come as a surprise, though; the bigwigs in Milwaukee should have seen the writing on the wall when Triumph released their America cruiser a while back, which was strangely reminiscent of Japan’s initial forays into the low-rider scene in the early 1980s.
Since the company’s resurgence in the last couple decades, they’ve established a history of entering new segments of the motorcycle world and building bikes that offer touch competition to their entrenched rivals – bikes like the Tiger adventure machines, or the Daytona sport bikes. Maybe touring cruisers are the next market they plan to enter?