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Old 01-08-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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Can you guess what models where made by

The new guy at Triumph who used to be HD employee?
While wandering around the Bike show last month one of teh Triumph people stated that "Yeah theres a guy who used to work at HArley now doing stuff for Triumph" and said it in a "We wish he wasnt" tone.
I didnt look at them until I visited my local dealership the other day.
I would give you a hint but it would seem unfair.



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Is it Imitation if you hire away the guy who was designing them?
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They all do it sooner or later. However, that tank, that set-up, that look has been done and redone since before the "designer" was born, with the exception of the dual head lights.

Ironically, the first, the 57 Sportster was a bit of a rip-off of Triumph.
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More clues please.
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lookalike fatbob, softtail gauges, they all copy one another now buy a Victory lol
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Request for the "Designer"

I will always welcome more choices of more bikes (even Chinese?), and I'm eternally grateful for the survival of Triumph, but they don't need to design another ersatz Harley, they need to find a designer to remove that unfortunate chrome tumor from the left side of the Rocket's tank.



Congratulations too to Lux for selecting a Triumph that embodies the original heritage of the mark. More pictures of that one please.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:26 AM   #8
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Yeah, I don't know how well they're selling but the Triumph Thunderbird (major yawn) really seems a waste to me. Besides not even being an attractive bike I think they missed the market they were aiming at. I can't see anyone buying a mega displacement parallel twin. To be really successful a motorcycle, or other vehicle, needs to have character and the T'bird is just a bland souless lump of metal. Rather than charcter, it's a caricature of a motorcycle.

Just as I still believe HD missed major market opportunities in making a true Sport Touring Revo, I think Triumph built potentially the best large displacement long range touring bike, Rocket 3, then dumbed it down to make it look like a limited duty cruiser. Could be a true Goldwing beater.

Overall I like what Triumph has accomplished and the products they're building. The Sprint, Tiger and Speed/Street Triple models are fine bikes. And while the Bonneville based models are intentionally retro, and a couple of them real yawners, the Scrambler and Thruxton have real character and a growing following.
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Is it Imitation if you hire away the guy who was designing them?

Yes, if you "borrow" the styling clues.
Think HHR vs PT Cruiser.
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I will always welcome more choices of more bikes (even Chinese?), and I'm eternally grateful for the survival of Triumph, but they don't need to design another ersatz Harley, they need to find a designer to remove that unfortunate chrome tumor from the left side of the Rocket's tank.



Congratulations too to Lux for selecting a Triumph that embodies the original heritage of the mark. More pictures of that one please.
I have a Speed Triple and can attest to Triumphs building better bikes than ever. I want to ride the Rocket III (yeah, paint the chrome tumor on the tank - maybe the new roadster doesn't have that). Has anyone here rode the Rocket and what did you think? On topic though, Harley has had nice styling all along and no doubt their styling will be immitated. What won't be immitated is their lack of technical innovation which leads to average ride, braking and handling (except the V-Rod of course).
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I have a Speed Triple and can attest to Triumphs building better bikes than ever. I want to ride the Rocket III (yeah, paint the chrome tumor on the tank - maybe the new roadster doesn't have that). Has anyone here rode the Rocket and what did you think?
Closet I came was sitting on one in Fargo ND. (Middle of winter, wasn't a good time for a test drive) Hoping to try one this spring But for the size of the thing, it was pretty comfortable.
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Not trying to hijack this thread but I thought this video of the Rocket III was cool:

http://www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/...-ar123236.html
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Yes, if you "borrow" the styling clues.
Think HHR vs PT Cruiser.
the same guy that penned the pt loser for chrysler also designed the HHR for Chevy, but the HHR is 1000 times better built & reliable. i know - i work for extended warranty company for 11 yrs now & don't do any HHR claims at all, compared to the pile of junk pt loser.
so i bought a HHR SS, with the 2 liter turbo - 290 hp from only 2 liters - the little wagon screams!
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I test rode a Rocket III many years ago, left me with a Impression alright, I don't ever want to ride one ever again impression. I dont get the Big Heavy bike "Thing", The Asian bikes that copy HD are all Very big and heavy for some reason, make the HD's they are coping look skinny.
This Triumph is a weird bike, cannot say I like it, Cannot say I love it, would I ever buy it? No, not even sure I would want to ride it. has some things about I do like, which makes it better then Any Victory bike on the road. Their Tiger line up Really borrows Heavily from BMW styling too which I found Really surprising.
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I have a Speed Triple and can attest to Triumphs building better bikes than ever. I want to ride the Rocket III (yeah, paint the chrome tumor on the tank - maybe the new roadster doesn't have that). Has anyone here rode the Rocket and what did you think? On topic though, Harley has had nice styling all along and no doubt their styling will be immitated. What won't be immitated is their lack of technical innovation which leads to average ride, braking and handling (except the V-Rod of course).
Did a test ride a few years back. Awkward at parking lot walking speeds and the combined torque effect and swingarm jacking make pulling away from stops into a right turn at a light interesting but once underway it's real fine. A BIG bike for sure and on the highway a real dream of a ride. Plenty of go and could pull a train. Rides well, stops well feels good on the road.
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