We don’t know much about it, but as of today, at least we know that the new 2011 adventure bike from Triumph will sport a three-cylinder engine. A look of utter shock and surprise fails to cross my face at this news, since Triumph’s premier engine is the 675 or 1050 triple.
That’s about all we know, though.
Triumph fails to release any hard details about the engine, aside from vague descriptions of it having a long stroke. Rumors put displacement at around 800cc, to line it up with the popular F800GS.
More details will have to wait, as Triumph seems keen on teasing everyone about this one.
The next release of information–such as it is–will be about September first.
Honda seems to have more in mind from its new V-4 V-Tec engine than just a new version of the VFR/Interceptor, or ST1300 replacement. Word from BMW Motorrad is that Honda is also working on a new motorcycle, using that engine to power an adventure bike aimed squarely as a competitor to the R1200GS.
The current model name for the bike is the XLV1200. Like the GS, it will be a shaft-drive bike, capable of both on- and off-road operation, with a lot of suspension travel.
Honda is apparently still looking at fuel capacity, trying to ensure that they can put a fairly large fuel supply onboard to increase the range.
The new Honda engine is capable of 200 horsepower, so it should be capable of eating up miles like nobody’s business, whether the road is paved or unpaved. One presumes that Honda will tune this bike more towards torque than speed, however.
The target date for this bike is said to be for the 2011 model year.