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Triumph Motorcycles India issues justification for specifications fiasco, says ARAI test procedure is different

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According to Triumph Motorcycles India Private Limited, technical specifications (chiefly engine rating) of popular models like Bonneville, Street Triple, Speed Triple and Daytona, mentioned on official website were EU specifications (mentioned under Terms and Conditions in same site).

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Owners of Triumph Motorcycles in India, at the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride earlier this year.

They claim that testing processes in India and the UK are dissimilar, which has led to the certification of lower power and torque figures for these bikes. But the company also admits that it has carried out some tweaks to comply with Indian regulations (which could also have caused recording of lower power output of the engines).

The largest British motorcycle manufacturer assures that all CKD (Completely Knocked Down) motorcycles brought into India have been registered as per ARAI norms and validated, and none of the models are different from international specifications. As for Triumph Street Triple 675, there are two variants, one high-power model selling in the UK, and other nominal thrust version made for Brazil and Japan. Latter variant is the one brought into India, whose engine is rated at 85 PS in the foreign markets while ARAI has certified 79 PS here.

Lessons to be learnt here is that people / customers don’t like engine specifications of vehicles to be misinformed, and whatever be the numbers say, bikes of such classes cannot be compared with its respective rivals just be counting how many horses they pack. There is much more to a motorcycle than what a dynamometer says about it.

You can read one such customer’s story here, where he also has released exchange of emails with Triumph India officials.