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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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heres my xt500, I'm not going to insure it this year, I'm planning on parking it in my apartment and slowly working on it, cosmetically and swapping the swingarm out, lil engine work over the fall/winter.
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These days it seems to cost as much to make a larger capacity motorcycle as it does a smaller capacity one. Triumph couldn't possibly compete with volume manufacturers such as Royal Enfield who sold something like 800,000
motorcycles last year.

With that kind of volume they can afford to make less per unit that 'boutique' brands like Triumph,Ducati, etc ; so good for them. The more motorcyclists the better

Now didn't Edward Turner say in the 1960's that he was 'glad the Japanese made small capacity motorcycles so they could introduce the riders to Triumph's larger sport orientated machines'..............sound familiar? Just omit Japanese for Chinese !

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heres my xt500, I'm not going to insure it this year, I'm planning on parking it in my apartment and slowly working on it, cosmetically and swapping the swingarm out, lil engine work over the fall/winter.
I had one of those in the 80s! Not modded like yours though.
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I believe it is all because of cost. All the engineering and design time to sell a few smaller displacement bikes is probably not worth their while. Althought some of us would disagree and want one like myself. Seems like nobody want to sell a new bike for much less than $10K.
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A friend worked for Ducati , 20 years as their tech instructor and warranty supervisor for much of the U.S. he posed the question to them of why they didn't bring our an entry level single again. Their reply was that is costs almost as much to set up assemble, and design a single as it did for a twin and the profit margin was not enough. The Japanese can do it but they sell a lot more. Many of us have hoped Triumph would bring back a "Tiger Cub" but it has yet to reach their consideration. There is no shame in going with another brand to get what you need.
They did actually plan to build a plant in northern india for producing 125-250cc bikes, thats cub size. Unclear why it didnt happen but i guess it came down to numbers being against it. Bikes seemed almost fully developed.
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I too run an XT for my off road adventures... With a new electronic ignition conversion comming from the UK which will see all the old electrics now replaced with modern units and most of the seals and bearing freshend up I don't see much need for a newer mid sized ADV bike....

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They will probably make a 650 twin to counter enfields imminent landslide success.
That would be amazing. The RE is from all reports very reliable, fun and inexpensive if you do your own servicing.
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I would buy a 400-650cc thumper or twin from Triumph immediately. Assuming less than 400 lbs, air-cooled, and low-tech. Been waiting for said bike for years.
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I would buy a 400-650cc thumper or twin from Triumph immediately. Assuming less than 400 lbs, air-cooled, and low-tech. Been waiting for said bike for years.
agreed, i think it'd be quite profitable if they did so, seems to be a market for it right?
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I would buy a 400-650cc thumper or twin from Triumph immediately. Assuming less than 400 lbs, air-cooled, and low-tech. Been waiting for said bike for years.
Yea, i would much rather buy a new triumph 650 than the enfield. I still have the time when i broke my kick axle in half on the 2004 thunderbird too fresh in memory. 20mm thick "steel" just snapped in half i dont give much for indian metallurgy, at all. The indian stainless pipe parts we get in the refineries are pure **** as well.
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