Well it might not happen very often, but Fagan was absolutely right. He said, just last week, that he thought Triumph were about to announce their arrival into the MX and enduro world. And they just have.
I’ll admit, it didn’t take the brains of an archdeacon to work out the Hinkley Massive were about to drop a dirt flavoured bombshell. Not after they’ve been parading their two newest ‘family members’ all over the internet like they’re a cure for erectile dysfunction… or is it just me that sees those ads? No, Triumph Motorcycles are getting balls-deep, off-road. After all, the new Triumph lads, Ricky Carmichael and Iván Cervantes, MX and Enduro legends respectively, weren’t about to be ambassadors for a new line in retro-heritage roadsters.
I’ve been pretty excited to hear Triumphs news, and now I’ve heard it, I’m even more excited. And for good reason. Because by the sounds of it, they’re about to do the off-road thing Properly. Yes, that’s Properly with a capital ‘P’.
Their press release talks of ‘a comprehensive range of all-new competition Motocross and Enduro bikes’. Does that mean there’ll be everything from schoolboy stuff to snarling 450cc MX bikes? Will there be a range of different enduro bikes? Hopefully. Will there be two-strokes? Don’t count on it. But maybe.
The presser also mentions the ‘all new Triumph Factory race program’ and ‘a commitment to top tier championship racing’. So by the sounds of it, they’re not about to release a second-rate off-road bike; or the kind of thing that looks good but doesn’t go very fast. If they’re going to go racing at any international events, be it Enduro, Motocross or even Supercross, they’re going to have to turn up with a seriously good package.
But the boys and girls at Triumph aren’t daft. They’ll know that to mix it with the likes of KTM, Husky, and all the Japanese brands, they’ll have to churn something pretty special out. And we all know Triumph are capable of churning out special motorbikes, from time to time.
And nobody can argue with their passion and commitment as far as racing goes; just look at what they’ve invested into the Moto2 Project.
Nick Bloor, CEO at Triumph Motorcycles had this to say
Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Triumph brand, which everyone at Triumph is incredibly excited to be part of. We are 100% committed to making a long-lasting impact in this highly competitive and demanding world, with a single-minded ambition to deliver a winning motorcycle line-up for a whole new generation of Triumph riders
There are still lots of unanswered questions. What will they look like? What will they be called? When will they materialise? Triumph say they’ll be announcing a reveal date in the coming months, but don’t actually say when. And I wish they would because this news has got me all worked up.
There’ll be some that say “Triumph don’t make motocross bikes. They don’t make enduro bikes. It’ll be rubbish”. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. But the people that say that, probably poo-pooed the Daytona 675 when that was announced back in 2006, saying “Triumph don’t make sportsbikes. It’ll be rubbish.” Well it wasn’t rubbish was it. It was bloody brilliant, and bloody world-beating.
Triumph have got some really good people working for them, and if they’re being pointed in the right direction by the likes of Ricky Carmichael and Iván Cervantes, there’s every chance that the fruits of their latest project are going to be as sweet as anything we’ve ever tasted. I can’t wait to have a lick.