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Triumph Debuts 2011 Models at IMS

International Motorcycle Show

New Triumph America CEO Greg Heichelbech introduced Triumph’s key new 2011 models at the International Motorcycle Show at Long Beach Convention Center in California.

Leading the way at the introduction were the new street-oriented adventure Tiger 800 and its dirt-ready brother, the Tiger 800 XC.

The Tigers 800 XC features long-travel suspension, a DOHC three-cylinder powerplant, and 21-inch front spoke wheel, the 800 XC delivers true off-road capability. The standard Tiger 800 features a motor with a smooth, broad powerband, as well as an adjustable seat height that can be as low as 31.9 inches.

Greg Heichelbech says: "The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows are a great way to share our new products with customers across the country, and Triumph is looking forward to introducing some exciting new models including the Tiger 800 and Tiger 800XC adventure bikes, three new cruiser motorcycles, and the all-new Speed Triple and premium Daytona 675R sport bikes in Long Beach."

"The motorcycle shows will allow Triumph fans a chance to really check out the new models up close and personal."

The 2011 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 is seriously updated this year, and features an all-new chassis, more useable horsepower, and an aggressive restyling of its signature twin headlights.

The 2011 Triumph Daytona 675R is a race-spec version of the standard Daytona 675, and the 675R features Ohlins suspension based Triumph BE1 World Supersport factory racing bikes, Brembo mono bloc brakes, factory quickshifter, and carbon fiber bodywork. Triumph is promoting the Daytona 675R as "the ultimate track day and road bike."

Cruiser fans were not disappointed. The 2011 Thunderbird Storm is outfitted with the factory 1700 cc big bore kit (only an accessory previously), added dual headlamps recalling the 2010-and-earlier Speed Trip, aggressive drag-style handlebars, and blacked out the chrome for a hard-edged look.

Not pictures, but also shown were the 2011 America, a 865cc parallel twin-powered cruiser that gets a lower seat height and revised ergonomics this year.

Also, the new Speedmaster is described by Triumph as a "hot rod-style cruiser" that has improved ergonomics with forward controls, a lower seat height, and wider handle bars for a ride that is "muscular and empowering."

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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