2011 Triumph Adventure: engine details, 'spy' photos

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Keeping with its monthly schedule, Triumph has released new “spy” photos of the 2011 Triumph Adventure and talks engine details in the video below. Well, by “details” we mean platitudes. The 800-ish cc triple is supposed to be: “torquey,” “refined and smooth on-road,” have an “exciting top end,” “compact dimensions,” “controllable power delivery,” all thanks to its “long stroke” design. 

  • lordjdavis

    Voice over guys gotta shut up, kinda ruins the video. Looks like a fun bike but i’ll hold out for the strada

    • VStrom Owner

      Unless Triumph gives you a minimum of 100 extra watts to use for heated gear and accessories instead of a voided warranty its another futile attempt to lure real riders.

  • Mike

    Based on the rumor mill I was expecting something like a Tiger 1050 but with the Street Triple’s 675cc mill. The mention of a new long-stroke triple for two new ADV bikes is strangely intriguing. Kudos to Triumph for continuing to crank out new models in this economy.

  • http://twowheelsplus.blogspot.com/ Anders

    Thats a seriously lame voice over. “Its just what you need.” Are they selling chocolates or bikes?

  • toeCutter

    Looks like a bike that will sell like hot cakes.. not over priced electronic everything desmo lame adventurer! ;)

    Good Job Brits!

  • Brett L.

    Looks like it’s wearing a little armor around the tank and radiator. Still no hint about cc’s unless “compact” means something. The spy photos are showing 2 different tire styles, what size front wheel does the bike in the road shot look like it has?

  • Bald Shaun

    Wait, TWO new bikes? Things are getting interesting!

  • Michael

    The bike looks good and sounds great (from what I could gather between the talking). I’d rather keep my ride, but it’s awesome to see more of these types of bikes on the road!

  • http://www.tripleclamp.net Sasha Pave

    I’m glad Triumph is getting back into the ADV market, but honestly they need to distinguish themselves more than it seems they are doing.

    From what I can tell they’re just cloning the f800 and 1200 GS models, creating decorated street bikes.

    This makes for a nice motorcycle, but it’s nothing that’s going to make Triumph stand out unless they can compete on price.

    I predict these machines are going to fall squarely into the middle between the high-end BMW’s and low-end Vstroms.

    • Nola

      Pardon the late reply, but Triumph does favor well against BMW in terms of price. Given the choice of /GS or a Triumph ADV, I’d go with the latter – not only for initial cost but total cost of ownership. Service/parts are generally cheaper if still slightly more than the Big Four. Add to the romance and history of the Triumph badge and it’s a recipe for a good competitor.

      Disclosure: I’m biased as I ride and worship a Speed Triple. :)

  • Pete

    I’d say there is a decent market for bikes like these, assuming it’s what we all think it’s going to be. We need to see a mid-level (i.e. $7k-$10k) adventure bike. Right now, it’s either a $5k KLR or a $15k BMW. The VStrom is there, but has never really done much for me style-wise.

    • http://worldof2.com/ Justin Penney

      G650GS. The overlooked little single is still a great fit in the middle of the larger and more expensive adventure bikes.

  • John

    I say bring it on, because most ADV bikes seems to be either heavy luxury or sport tourers with slightly more suspension and bigger tires (big GS, Stelvio, V-Strom, etc), bikes that look like ADV bikes but aren’t (Versys, Tiger) or big dirt bikes with super tall seat heights and not a lot of luggage capacity (KTM, Aprilia, etc). Not a lot of middle ground.

    They seem to take direct aim at the new 650GS and 800GS twins and that is the perfect target. It will be nice to have some competition and a choice.

    • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

      I agree John, above.

      @Sasha: Aiming for a middle ground between the v-strom and the high-end GS is not necessarily bad if they can deliver better competitive performance at a competitive price point. Big if, but at least they’re trying. I’m looking forward to this bike.

  • Johndo

    Just might have to put a deposit on one of these, if comfort for 2up riding and luggage capacity is there.

  • Johndo

    GS650 is for ladies :)

  • Brett L.

    Looking at the downhill shot, the 2 bikes seem to have significantly different exhausts, kind of like the difference between the Vee and the Wee Strom. I was wondering if the difference would be road vs. off-road capability or overall size of the bike. Thinking it’s the latter now.

    • Johndo

      To me it just looks like a stock exhaust and an Arrow exhaust.

      • Duge

        this is correct…

  • Devin

    I have to agree with Case and John. There is a big gap between the VStrom and the F800GS, and this could slot right in. Not to mention, Triumph has already shown with the Tiger 1050 and the 675′s that they can produce a bike with a lighter weight and higher horsepower than anything in its category, without sacrificing torque or useability. This bike could be a serious contender.

    As far as the size, the e-mail Triumph sent out mentioned “Triumphs newest cubs”. I’m thinking middleweight on both. Something like BMW has done with the F650-F800 pair, but with more power, lower weight, lower price, and hopefully better all-around capability (and that beautiful engine note!).

  • Brett L.

    Alright, so mid-weights they must be, and Arrow exhausts are a standard upgrade for Triumphs so that makes sense too. I guess when they come out I’ll want one of each bike…

  • Rich

    Supposedly two verions of the (basically) same bike: 1) with spoked wheels including 21″ front wheel and other offroad oriented bits; and, 2) one with ally wheels – 17″ front – the street version. Both are to have the same engine. No?

    Looks like a direct competitor to the F800GS – not the 650GS.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/christophercullen/sets/72157622530167071/ CMC

    Looking good. Can’t wait to see the final versions.

    As a Triumph owner/rider, I must say that the modern Triumphs (excluding the Bonnie/Thrux/Scram) have really nice, higher-end looks and feel to them compared with many competitors. They get points for being “different” if you’re into that, and also their dealers don’t seem to stick you with the BS fees and setup charges that many other “higher end” marques do. I know the local Duc dealer charges a grand over MSRP on everything for setup, and that’s not negotiable. The local Triumph guys don’t, and they also deal on MSRP, which makes them very price competitive. I don’t know how BMW operates but since there’s only one dealer around here I am guessing they can charge whatever the market will bear for their admittedly nice bikes.

    • Michael

      Shit, if my Ducati dealer charged me $1,000.00 for set-up, I’d set-up a deal somewhere else!

  • http://top-car-wallpapers.com/ Blogger Boy

    2011 Triumph Adventure too bad to me. i like with Yamaha V-Max

  • DoctorNine

    Triples, by their nature, have smoother power delivery than a thumper or a twin, so there is that. Also, using a longer stroke to smaller bore maximizes fuel burn time, so you get better fuel economy. Undersquare engines also tend to maximize torque instead of horsepower, which is why race bikes go the other way, and build oversquare. In this application, low RPM torque would be more important than high RPM horses, so that’s also a good tradeoff.

    I like how they are thinking here.

  • Enduro

    Looks like the turn signals, beak, windshield and exhaust routing were cloned directly from the BMW F800GS. The headlight looks borrowed from a ‘Strom. Still, kudos to Triumph for bringing back an ADV bike. Hopefully the engine will be less buzzy than the F8.

  • CubanSandwich

    Im kinda happy cause there’s 2 more choices out there with these but…they don’t tickle my pickle. Not a Fan of Tube-Style SPOKED Wheels.

    Still waiting for that bad-ass 1200cc+ Trophy, Daytona, etc.

    P.S: Seems they are using a 19″ on the street oriented one vs a 21″ on the off road version.

  • CubanSandwich

    Oh yeah…I forgot…a NEW Speed Triple with a new Triple or an “Anorexic” Rocket III to figth the VMAX and new Muscle Ducati wouldn’t hurt either.

  • http://www.tripleclamp.net Sasha Pave

    @John and @Case you make good points. Don’t get me wrong, I welcome new players in the segment and more choice. I was just hoping Triumph would distinguish itself a bit more on the product. These seem a bit me-too.

    But the proof will be in the ride, and Triumph appreciates good engineering so I’m sure these bikes will be among the best handling adv bikes, probably better riding bikes than BMW.

    Offering a choice of 19 or 21 in the front would be an awesome move. Tube-shmube, who’s afraid of bloody knuckles? :)

  • Lou

    “These seem a bit me-too…” There simply isn’t enough shown, even in these more revealing photos, to make that statement yet. Too early in the PR game. As a Triumph lover and rider of a Tiger 1050, this is all very exciting. As anyone who’s ridden the Street Triple (Yum) AND the Tiger 1050 will atest, there is a real possibility here of hitting a sweet spot that sets these bikes apart from the Beemers they, clearly, target. Not putting too much stock in these “spy” photos, buuut, the bikes likes lean a svelte and notice the back end looks different from anything Triumph has done before, which is cool. Can’t wait!

  • http://blogspacetech.blogspot.com/ khaled

    I’m shocked by the price of modern dirt bikes in general. $14K for a 450cc bike that can’t be road register and with a maintenance schedule measured in hours.
    Triumph prices are usually pretty good. I imagine the above bikes will fall in the mid-teens.

  • Evilnut

    I believe this Triumph will energize the adventure bike category even more than it already is. Imaging a stroked 675 putting out close to 800cc. One engine tuned for more street oriented riding with a HP/TQ curve higher in the rev range, more street oriented tires & wheels & suspension. Then a more dirt oriented version with longer travel suspension, DS tires & wheels & a engine tuned more for dirt oriented riding. Maybe with some dirt armor too (radiator guard, metal skid plate etc…)

    I think it is going to be a great bike & will force other manufacturers to go through an upgrade cycle. If the price is right, it will force some price adjustments all around too, hopefully down!

    Bring it on Triumph!