Ricky Carmichael Gives The Triumph Motocross Bike A Proper Test

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Photos and videos of Triumph's motocross bike put through its paces.

Photos: Triumph

Triumph has finally revealed pictures and videos of its new motocross bike getting a proper test by none other than the GOAT: Ricky Carmichael. Joined by fellow Triumph tester Evan Ferry, the two rip around the track and give their thoughts on this new surprise contender in the motocross world.

In case you didn't know, Triumph shocked the moto community when it announced it was going motocross and enduro racing. Not only that, but it was doing it in a big way – by hiring Ricky Carmichael and Ivan Cervantes to lead the development charge. Recently, Triumph revealed the engine for the motocross challenger – or at least one of them, which we suspect to be the 250cc Single. Triumph is also set to compete in the 450 class as well.

Now that the engine has been revealed, we finally get footage of the bike in action, which is especially cool with RC at the controls. There aren't a lot of specifics thrown our way other than the riders really like the agility of the frame and the rideability of the engine. Unsurprisingly, details about the engine or chassis – or any other components – weren't talked about. But from some of the shots we can see there is a selection of different buttons on the left bar. We assume this is for things like launch control or power modes.

This is the third in a series of sneak peak videos produced by Triumph. Past videos are available on the Official Triumph YouTube channel. As more elements of the bike, and the official reveal, are known, we'll be posting about them here.

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Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at Motorcycle.com in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • Matthew S Cuddy Matthew S Cuddy on Dec 19, 2023

    Triumph? Dirt Bike?

    Does it have a Ziener diode? Lucas electrics?

    Does it leak?

    One comment about the frame, maybe Triumph is using Suzuki Cyclone technology from 1971?

    The only reason Four Strokes were introduced into the dirt bike world is this:

    When you bought a two stroke MX bike, like an (ahem) CR500, it NEVER saw the shop again. The big four were losing out on maintenance fees. Lots of them.

    So they brought out four strokes again, but made the engines so fragile, and complicated, they would be in the shop again. For a long time. And for big $$$.

    "Oh you need a new engine, that will set you back 3K." For a dirt bike that costs ten grand already, that is ludicrous. Ever adjust the valves, with a shim under bucket design? Barrels and cases made of composite materials?

    That's why old two stroke dirt bikes, with a "green" sticker here in Cali are bringing in big bucks. With the four strikers, only the rich may apply.

    Ruined the sport I've been in since 1971. Super Hunky is gone, so maybe that's a sign of the "end of times."

  • Matthew S Cuddy Matthew S Cuddy on Dec 19, 2023

    See my test in MO about the 2014 Kawasaki 450. A hand grenade.