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sv1000rider 01-03-2007 12:55 AM

Re: Triumph Tops 10K Units Sold in the U.S. in '06.
Big congrats Triumph! Variety is definitely the spice of life when it comes to motorcycles. Triumph gives the V-2 cruiser/I-4 race-replica scene in the U.S. a breath of fresh air.

seruzawa 01-03-2007 02:19 AM

Re: Triumph Tops 10K Units Sold in the U.S. in '06.
Funny how things change. Many moons ago Triumph was the conservative unable-to-change stodgy brand while the Japanese were the innovators experimenting with new ideas. Now it's the opposite with tiny Triumph coming up with the 675 while Honduh (yawn) takes the bodywork off of a scooter and calls it the greatest innovation in history. Big Ruckus is more like Big Snoozefest.

gbrummett 01-03-2007 02:33 AM

Congrats to Triumph
Congrats to Triumph

I'm hoping that Buell will wake up and smell the coffee er I mean gas and give us an all new engine and an all new design. This could mean they would have record sales as well.

BrowningBAR 01-03-2007 03:10 AM

Re: Triumph Tops 10K Units Sold in the U.S. in '06.
What's going on with Honda? The line up is getting worse every year.

I like cruisers, standards and sportbikes, but Honda really isn't offering anything that make me want to buy anything.

Their cruisers look really plasticy (spelling?). It's really kind of odd, they almost look fake looking.

It seems they dropped the 599 for '07.

The superhawk, that everyone raves about, doesn't look like it's been in their lineup since '05 (and who knows when was the last time they updated it before that).

Their sportbikes look outdated compared to other companies (and sportbike riders are nearly as superficial ad cruiser riders).

Everyone seems to dislike the current version of the VFR and everyone expected it to be redesigned three years ago.

It almost seems like they are just moving away from producing motorcycles (I doubt that's the case, but compare Honda's line up to any other and it really seems possible/odd).

Do they really sell that many Gold Wings that they can let the rest of their line up run stale?

sarnali2 01-03-2007 03:31 AM

Re: Triumph Tops 10K Units Sold in the U.S. in '06.
Since Soichiro died they are moving away from motorcycls and more and more to cars unless you count step-through 90's which they sell by the gazzillion in 3rd world countries like Myanmar, Thailand and N. Dakota...

sarnali2 01-03-2007 03:33 AM

Re: Triumph Tops 10K Units Sold in the U.S. in '06.
Good for Triumph, I've owned 3 Hinckley Triumphs so far and they've all been fun and reliable. Excellent bikes.

ksquid 01-03-2007 03:37 AM

Who says a small company can't compete with proper engines
I think the key lesson for the "Harley, Stay the Course Crowd" of the GPTB is that a small company can build a modern proper engine, put it in a sportbike and beat the big 4. Aprilia is doing it with 1000 V-4 and Ducati does it routinely. But some how the GPTB says Harley can't put a great engine in the Buell.. Imagine if the Buell Firebolt had a world class engine.. Heck I bet they would sell 10 times more Buells...

Congratulations Triumph you deserve it for showing guts and working hard to produce world class products. Products that don't have to rely of marketing slogans, "mystique", or "heritage".. [i][b] OK HD Buell it's your turn to show that America is still the land of free and home of the brave

ksquid 01-03-2007 03:39 AM

Excellent Point
Agreed... Seems Honda has forgot their roots and gone corporate. It's a familiar scenario i.e. the founder dies or gets set aside (Apple Steve Jobs) and the thing gets ran by Harvard MBA professional managers who have no passion for the product...

ksquid 01-03-2007 03:41 AM

Re: Congrats to Triumph
Well said..

BrowningBAR 01-03-2007 03:45 AM

Re: Excellent Point
...except, Apple did something unheard of and brought Jobs back. Who is now looked upon as a god by Mac followers (and rightly so considering what he's done...just ignore that whole stock investigation thing).

It was really surprising since Jobs left under REALLY bad circumstances. Pirate flag and all...

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