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January 7th, 2017, 08:59 AM   #1
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Triumph to take over Moto2 engine supply in 2018

Triumph set to take over Moto2 engine supply in 2018

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British bike firm Triumph is set to take an incredible leap forward, when it signs a deal to build the control engine for the Moto2 championship from 2018. The Hinckley firm will take over from Honda and its CBR600RR engine, with an all-new 750cc triple engine – about to be launched next week in the new Street Triple naked roadbike.

News of the deal started doing the rounds at last year’s British MotoGP round. But factory bosses were keen to keep the story quiet until the deal was signed and sealed.

Moto2 was looking into a bit of an abyss in terms of engine development. The 600 supersports class has been in freefall in terms of road bike sales for years, so much so that the CBR600RR can’t even be sold in Europe any more after Honda didn’t bother updating it for Euro4 emissions regs.

Kawasaki’s in the same boat with its 599cc ZX-6R, and Suzuki’s GSX-R has also fallen into a bit of a black hole. Yamaha, however, is launching a new R6 this year, and looks to be set to pretty much take over the Supersport class from now on.

But the Moto2 deal is an incredible success story for Triumph – and a real shock. The firm’s Daytona 675 supersports bike was rumoured to be finished as a road model, as the company moved its focus to retro-styled ‘modern classic’ and adventure styled bikes.
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January 7th, 2017, 09:09 AM   #2
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I really hope that's a done deal, moto 2 needs an engine that sounds good, something the cbr600 based bikes never did.
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January 7th, 2017, 02:19 PM   #3
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Nooooooooooo........ Thairumphs sound crap!!!!

They sound like half a Wolseley.

noooooooooooooooooooooooo.
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January 8th, 2017, 03:16 AM   #4
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Nooooooooooo........ Thairumphs sound crap!!!!

They sound like half a Wolseley.

noooooooooooooooooooooooo.
Ever actually ridden one barry? They sound horn with an open pipe. I like the move, but would prefer an open entru format.
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January 8th, 2017, 05:58 AM   #5
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Will it come with the cat fitted meoow
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January 17th, 2017, 12:52 PM   #6
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I dont care who supplies engines, and wish it was an open competition, but whoever supplies them, i hope the reliability of the Honda engine is seen with Triumph. I have my doubts.
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January 17th, 2017, 12:53 PM   #7
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Barry, how would the Hyosungs go you reckon?
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Barry, how would the Hyosungs go you reckon?
sonic...ly well, and more like a quarter of a Monaro than half a Wolesley!!



I just cant take to that 3 cylinder sound.

And the ole Hyo has been pretty reliable ....
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We had a whole Wolseley when i was a kid, though you wouldn't have known it.
There was a valley near our house, so the road went down then up the other side. Dad use to have to back the traffic up to the annoyance of everyone behind us until the road was clear in front, then gun it at the top of the decline.
We would fly down the hill and momentum would take us part of the way and then the engine would have to pitch in. If he timed it right we would just limp over the top. A couple of times we didn't make it. I vaguely remember we had to pull over to the side of the road and roll back down to the bottom. Memory repression kicks in from that point, probably with good reason.
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