They were given a prime spot all of their own in the centre of the stand which leads us to believe that they weren't just an out-of-hours experiment. From the looks of the bikes and being up close to the bits that matter we can tell that clearly the R&D department have been let off the leash and given free rein to not only design but also create some interesting looking machinery.
They were certainly popular on the stand. Either that or there have been some recent late and alcohol-fuelled nights in Hinckley and if they are experimenting for potential new machinery in the future then we offer our full support and say, "thank you Triumph, please carry on!"
What do we know? Well, the two models can be identified as a bobber and a scrambler. The bobber’s stand-out feature is its reverse twin cylinder engine with distinctive twin exhaust pipes extending over then rear mudguard. The shock absorber built into the tank attaches the seat unit to its own subframe and seems to act as the bike’s sole form of suspension while the remainder of the components are bolted to the frame. A single-sided over-and-under swing arm and instruments built into the fuel tanks are more quirky design features of this very un-Triumph bike.
A spokesman said, "When they fired it up in the car park recently the team behind it were almost in tears".
The scrambler-style bike has a more conventional engine layout within its own bespoke frame. Nitron front forks lead up to a set of raised bars above the top yoke while an apparent LCD-looking display is tucked away in front and almost out of view. The bike has a Nitron rear shock, brown leather saddle with room for two, yet no pillion pegs, as well as a single-sided swing arm and stubby under-seat exhaust. Distinctive when close-up is the bikes' carbon-fibre covered fuel tank which has a Union Flag design beneath a transparent lacquer.
A Triumph spokesman was overheard saying, "We're considering taking it to Tridays next year and racing it!"
Bravo to Triumph for allowing creativity and putting their faith behind the designs and actually building them.