Just last year, Triumph and Bajaj auto officially announced that they will be entering a joint venture to begin development and manufacturing new and more affordable motorcycle models in India that will be made available not only locally but also offered to the rest of the world. In India, Royal Enfield still remains number one when it comes to small-displacement modern retro motorcycles, with its Classic 350 dominating the local market. That being said, the first product that could come out of the Triumph-Bajaj venture could very well be another Neo-Classic rival within the 300-350 cc range.
With that in mind, Royal Enfield has been facing a little bit of an onslaught from the motorcycle market as it was forced to push back the crucial launch of the Meteor 350. At the moment, other Indian brands including Hero Motorcorp and Bajaj have struggled to keep up with Royal Enfield’s dominance over the Neo-Classic motorcycle segment in India.
Now, Bajaj wants a hefty chunk of the hotly contested 350 cc market by potentially stamping the Triumph badge into one of its classic motorcycle offerings. Triumph has been keeping a very tight lip about its collaboration with Bajaj but from the looks of things, the 350 cc segment seems to be a really perfect start for the two brands to establish a promising platform for a new motorcycle.
When Triumph first announced its collaboration with Bajaj motorcycles, they announced that that the new models that they will be releasing will be within the 250 cc to 700 cc range which gives them quite a broad scope to create more affordable entry-level motorcycles wearing the British badge. Triumph is no stranger to the modern retro market. At the moment, the Street Twin remains the brand’s most affordable, and smallest motorcycle offering from its classic Bonneville range available in the Philippines. As for when we’ll be able to see the very first production model from the Triumph-Bajaj venture, predictions are pointing to 2022 as the year when a new retro model within the 350 cc range could be released.