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Triumph are working with Bajaj and that is HUGE news



Triumph and Bajaj join forces to continue their assaults upon the motorcycle market.

Did you know that the current MD of Triumph India used to work for Bajaj?

We’re guessing that someone is enjoying an extra bottle of champagne this weekend.

That’s because of the news that Triumph Motorcycles and Bajaj Auto are about to begin working together on the production of ‘midweight’ capacity motorcycles.

Which – despite being a very similar agreement in principal to that which KTM have with Bajaj – is a pretty big deal.

Why? Because with the US and European motorcycle markets stumbling and faltering in recent years, the dual strategy of reducing manufacturing costs (by outsourcing builds to India) and developing bikes that will resonate with the ever-expanding Indian and Asian markets seems like an absolute no-brainer.

And also because Bajaj themselves are a brand that is rapidly on the rise.

Much like Triumph and their growth over the last couple of decades, the recent trajectory of Bajaj is mightily impressive. Their strategic deal with KTM and Husqvarna has seen them positioned strongly within the global stage, and it’s indicative of their earned respect of late that their recent bid for a brand such as Ducati would gain global attention and recognition whilst a rumour of  American giant Harley-Davidson doing the same is met with derision.

Quite what the exact nature of the deal between the British and Indian company is remains to be seen – the press release of the announcement is a masterstroke in impenetrable PR noise – but if it means smaller capacity Tiger, Scrambler and even Daytona bikes are on the horizon, then colour us excited.

And as a treat, here’s the full release below…

Triumph motorcycles and Bajaj are pleased to announce their global partnership. 

The objective of this non-equity partnership is to deliver a range of outstanding 
mid–capacity motorcycles benefiting from the collective strengths of both companies. 

We hope to bring to bear upon global markets the individual strengths of the partners including brand position & perception, design & development technology, quality & cost competitiveness & worldwide distribution.

This new global partnership will enable Triumph to significantly expand its global reach by entering new higher volume market segments, especially within the emerging markets across the world. 

Bajaj will gain access to the iconic Triumph brand, and its great motorcycles, enabling 
it to offer a wider range of motorcycles within its domestic market and other 
international markets. 

Triumph and Bajaj are excited by the opportunities of this partnership and the prospect of entering new market segments, thereby reaching a whole new group of motorcyclists across the world. 

We will provide further details in due course.

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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