Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Triumph Tiger Roars for Britain; on Two Wheels

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Triumph Tiger Roars for Britain; on Two Wheels

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Byline: HARRIET RIDLEY

THE latest motorcycle sales figures reveal that Triumph has managed a feat no other manufacturer has succeeded in before. Statistics from the Motorcycle Industry Association show Triumph's brand new Tiger Explorer 1200 has knocked BMW's outrageously popular R1200GS from the top spot of the UK's large capacity sales charts.

The British manufacturer must be celebrating big time as it's managed to achieve something others have been attempting for years without success.

Triumph's big capacity adventure bike has sold 806 models compared to 653 for BMW's R1200GS. But look closer and you could say it's a bit of a hollow victory.

If the figures were combined with the R1200GS Adventure - and they should be as it's essentially the same bike but with accessories that make it more suitable for extreme terrain - the BMW would be showing as having sold a massive 379 more bikes.

Triumph's Speed Triple has also fallen foul to this dubious way of presenting the figures. Although essentially the same bike, the R version and the standard model are classified seperately. If combined the model would be showing as selling an impressive 815 bikes, even more than the Explorer.

However, all these impressive motorcycles are eclipsed by three 125cc machines - Honda's CBF125 sales were 1,201, followed by Honda's PCX125 scooter and Yamaha's YBR125.

As well as being great learner bikes, these inexpensive and economical machines slash the cost of the commute, a priority for many riders these days.

Yamaha recognises the importance of these small machines and to encourage sales, it's extended its 0% finance offer to all its 50cc to 125cc models. This makes the YBR125 affordable to almost anyone at pounds 98.75 per month over three years with a pounds 200 deposit.

The faltering economy is no doubt also why Honda's sensible and practical NC700X and CBR600F are selling so well - confirming that the motorcycle as utility transport is making a return. …

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