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Triumphs from Thailand?
« on: 21 February, 2020, 08:42:38 PM »
Just been reading on MCN website that triumph are moving all mass production to Thailand. I love my tiger sport and have had it from new from 2016 and at my age can't see a new bike on the horizon any time soon. With the new tiger 900s do you think the tiger sport will be dropped soon? It will be a shame as I think its a great do it all bike, except not off road, but for the majority of us it's a great ride. Tour, back roads, a fun blast or just nip to the shops! It's fast enough, comfortable, fun, just enough tech and sounds good too. Maybe we want smaller, lighter bikes though? What do others think? I'll hang on to mine though as long as possible! 😂

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Re: Triumphs from Thailand?
« Reply #1 on: 21 February, 2020, 09:45:38 PM »
Funny that. Just been looking at the preview for the new 1200 and wondering if that might be enough to see a new bike in my garage next year  :007:
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Re: Triumphs from Thailand?
« Reply #2 on: 22 February, 2020, 07:35:13 AM »
What has changed, the high volume bikes have been built in Thailand for several years now. With the low volume built at Hinckley eg 1050, 1200 & R3. Not sure which of those would be considered high enough volume for a move to Thailand.
Not really important, their build quality is fine, I have a Thailand Tiger 800, can't fault the build.
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Re: Triumphs from Thailand?
« Reply #3 on: 22 February, 2020, 08:42:31 AM »
*Originally Posted by Paul2bikes [+]
What has changed, the high volume bikes have been built in Thailand for several years now. With the low volume built at Hinckley eg 1050, 1200 & R3. Not sure which of those would be considered high enough volume for a move to Thailand.
Not really important, their build quality is fine, I have a Thailand Tiger 800, can't fault the build.

I agree that the bikes out of Thailand are certainly up to standard. Not really an issue  :110:
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Re: Triumphs from Thailand?
« Reply #4 on: 22 February, 2020, 09:38:15 AM »
Agree, quality is not an issue. Reading the article in full I was surprised that currently only 10% of the bikes are UK manufactured, so in a worldwide market this strategy makes sense. Lower manufacturing costs in Thailand and its geographically close to the emerging markets. Triumph can't afford to stand still when their competitors are doing the same thing. All good logical business decisions. It's just a shame, that nothing in their main range will be UK built, sort of symbolic. Wouldn't stop me from getting another new triumph, if and when I could. Maybe as us oldies look for lighter smaller bikes the sub 500 market their developing, it could be just what we want to keep us biking? Roll on springtime in the UK then the tiger might just get off the optimate again, only been out on it once since Christmas. 😂

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Re: Triumphs from Thailand?
« Reply #5 on: 22 February, 2020, 01:26:51 PM »
Have any of you seen  this article from yesterday,  redundancies at Hinkley due to the move to more production in India and Thailand 😥
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/exclusive-triumph-motorcycles-planning-hinckley-3872206.amp
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Re: Triumphs from Thailand?
« Reply #6 on: 22 February, 2020, 06:15:56 PM »
I like the idea that my Triumph was made in the UK, it was a big part of the decision to go for the Sprint and the TS.
If I can't get my next bike made here it opens up lots more options for me, so I've no interest in retro or cruisers, and Triumph are making their new 900 and 1200, in their words 'more capable off road' which I don't need, so I'm thinking my next bike won't be a Thai Triumph.
 

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Re: Triumphs from Thailand?
« Reply #7 on: 22 February, 2020, 07:12:22 PM »
Do ya think Mr Bloor could make me one of these for me old age. A lightweight 500 single like the B50. Shouldn't be difficult, all the old boys are saying this is what they'd like for local bimbling about.

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Re: Triumphs from Thailand?
« Reply #8 on: 22 February, 2020, 07:14:00 PM »
Or be it a long time ago as some one who all but gave up riding a road bike for 10 years to race off-road from the Western Beach race too the Welsh 2 day,ive Never managed to get my head around off-roading a road bike and here are Triumph building a 1200 to do that!!!!

With currently more bikes than I should have their are two prospective  bikes out there that I have any interesting in,when Yamaha get off their backsides and fit the Big Bang R1 engine in a Tenere and Triumph coming up with a modern day 1200 Triumph with 17 wheels so I await with interest.

As for where a bike is made,yes I like the idea of made in the UK but im As mercenary as the next when it comes to cost and with 3 Beemers a Tiger,a KTM and a Yamaha im The last person to make a fuss.

But put me down as an interested punter.

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Re: Triumphs from Thailand?
« Reply #9 on: 22 February, 2020, 07:16:51 PM »
*Originally Posted by Paul2bikes [+]
Do ya think Mr Bloor could make me one of these for me old age. A lightweight 500 single like the B50. Shouldn't be difficult, all the old boys are saying this is what they'd like for local bimbling about.



Ive got an XT660X with all the bells and whistles on and bit more for doing that.