Tiger bike set to roar into action
Triumph Motorcycles has unveiled a new model to thousands of bike fans.
The Hinckley company has launched its Tiger Explorer XC, part of its adventure touring range.
Bike lovers caught a glimpse of the machine when it was unveiled at Triumph Live 2012, a three-day festival at Mallory Park held to celebrate 110 years of the iconic British brand.
Over the weekend, 9,000 people attended the event to celebrate all things Triumph.
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The new bike's key features are its aluminium rimmed, steel spoked wheels and tubeless rims, dual fog lights, aluminium belly guard and hand guards which give warmth to the hands.
Phil West, a journalist at Motorcycle News, said there was a buzz surrounding the launch.
He said: "It's exciting, it's a natural evolution from the Explorer. It's an extension from this bike but more of an off-roader, which means entering an area which has been dominated by BMW.
"Triumph is not just a UK success story, it's the world's biggest motorcycle success story in recent times.
"I think its rate of growth is outstripping the Japanese and it's standing shoulder to shoulder with BMW and Ducati."
The launch at the weekend comes after Triumph bosses announced earlier this year it was creating 40 engineering jobs to help it develop new models.
The company saw profits increase by 48 per cent, to £22.3 million, in the year to June 30, 2011.
Triumph, which now produces 24 different models, sold 48,684 machines over this period, up 7 percent on the previous 12 months.
The firm, which employs 600 people in Hinckley, already produces bikes in Thailand and is building a factory in India. It opened a plant in Brazil last month.
A Triumph spokesman said: "With an impressive 2012 product portfolio in place, including three brand new models, plus a strong future model development programme, Triumph is set to continue to enhance its status."
The XC will make its international debut on October 2 in the German city of Cologne, and will be in dealerships from April 2013.
Last month, the business community in Hinckley paid for 10 road signs at gateways into the town which announce: 'Hinckley – Home of Triumph'.