Ducati, Indian Motorcycle And Triumph Organise Independence Day Rides

Three premium motorcycle manufacturers organised Independence Day rides on occasion of 72nd Indian Independence Day.

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Ducati organised its first ever Independence Day ride in India

It was India’s 72nd Independence Day and premium motorcycle manufacturers such as Ducati, Indian and Triumph organised Independence Day rides across the country. Up first was Ducati, who conducted its first ever independence ride in India. There were 350 participants across the country that came together and rode their Ducatis, tying up with the Lotus Petal foundation and supporting the cause of education and dignity of life for underprivileged children.

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Sergi Canovas, MD of Ducati India, said “It’s a proud moment for Ducati, to have organised a first-of-its-kind Independence Day ride in the country, in association with the Lotus Petal Foundation. The Ducati family came out in great numbers to show their support to the cause and help raise awareness to transform the lives of the underprivileged. The participation from Ducatistis was a testimony to the brand and the motorcycle community giving a perfect platform for riders to come together to pledge independence from everything that’s holding these children back from achieving their aspirations.”

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Triumph Motorcycles India too celebrated the Independence Day by organizing its annual Triumph Freedom Ride across its dealerships in India. A total of 513 Triumph owners participated in the ride across the country. The company continued its annual tradition of supporting the cause of girl child education. Triumph riders donated generously for this very special cause. The proceeds from the ride will support the “She Can Fly” campaign of Smile Foundation, and will be used to educate girl children for one full year.

Shoeb Farooq, General Manager, Triumph Motorcycles India, said, “It was fantastic to see so many of our riders turning up for the Independence Day ride, all riding for a noble cause, It was indeed a proud moment for all of us to be a part of this Freedom Ride. In a country like ours, where the female population has limited access to education, it is imperative we continue to create opportunities for growing girl children to learn, grow and evolve.

Lastly, but not in the least, it was Indian Motorcycle who organised a Freedom Ride at all of its nine dealerships in India. Riders from Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG) got together and rode to a venue of national importance in each city. Indian also conducted a contest of sorts on its social media handles, with the winner getting a helmet having the Indian tri-colour colour scheme.


Commenting on the occasion, Pankaj Dubey, Country Head and Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt Ltd. said, “We are happy to organise the Freedom Ride to celebrate the 72nd Independence Day and pay our tributes to martyrs who sacrificed for our Independence. This ride is all about being Independent and enjoying the brotherhood with fellow riders. I express my gratitude to all the riders who were a part of this ride and made it a success and wish all the fellow Indians a very Happy Independence Day.”

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 Teased; Global Unveil In October 2018

Triumph Motorcycles will be unveiling the Scrambler 1200 on 24 October, 2018.

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The Triumph Scrambler 1200 will have a comprehensive electronics package

It had to happen! After Ducati introduced the Scrambler 1100 last year, it was a matter of time before Triumph brought out a bigger scrambler too. In fact, Triumph has been testing the Scrambler 1200 for quite some time now. And now, Triumph Motorcycles has released a teaser of the Scrambler 1200, which will be globally unveiled on 24 October, 2018 ahead of the EICMA in Milan. In all possibility, Triumph will have two variants of the Scrambler 1200 which could be named ‘Retro’ and ‘R.’ The new Scrambler 1200 ‘R’ will have Showa upside down forks and Ohlins twin-shocks fitted to a new swingarm which will be longer as well. Also new is a large 21-inch front wheel (the current Street Scrambler has a 19-inch front wheel).


Also Read: New Triumph Scrambler 1200 Spotted Testing

triumph scrambler 1200 spy shot(Triumph Scrambler 1200 Test Mule: Source-Motorcyclenews.com)

The lower spec ‘Retro’ model might have Nissin brakes and KYB suspension in a bid to keep costs down. Triumph already has the Street Scrambler in its line-up, which shares the 900 cc parallel-twin engine with the Street Twin and the Bonneville T100. The Street Scrambler has ride-by-wire throttle, ABS and traction control, but the bigger 1200 cc Scrambler could possibly get additional riding modes as well, including in all probability an “off-road” mode as well.

Also Read: Triumph Scrambler 1200 Could Have Two Variants

Some of the features on the Triumph Scrambler 1200 include an LED headlamp, engine and hand guards, a 21-inch wheel up front and a 19-inch wheel at the rear. The engine of course will be a 1,200 cc parallel-twin motor and we believe it will be in a different tune as compared to the other 1,200 cc engines in Triumph line-up such as the Bonneville Bobber, Bonneville Speedmaster and the Bonneville T120. There are also rumours floating of Ducati coming up with a Desert Sled 1100 which could make its debut at the 2018 EICMA in November 2018 and if that happens, it will be one of the biggest rivals to the Triumph Scrambler 1200.


We would like to believe that Triumph will launch the Scrambler 1200 in India sometime in the first half of 2019 with the global launch in early 2019.

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Vimal Sumbly Resigns As Triumph Motorcycles India Managing Director

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Vimal Sumbly has resigned as Triumph India MD

Managing Director of Triumph Motorcycles India, Vimal Sumbly has resigned after setting up and developing the iconic British motorcycle brand’s presence in the Indian motorcycle market. Sumbly will be succeeded by Shoeb Farooq, who has been leading Triumph India’s Sales and Dealer Development under Sumbly’s leadership. A Triumph India spokesperson has confirmed to Carandbike that August 1, 2018, was Sumbly’s last working day at Triumph Motorcycles India. Sumbly has spearheaded Triumph’s operations in India since the British brand entered the Indian market in 2013. Under his leadership, Triumph Motorcycles has grown on to become the second largest premium motorcycle brand in the country, after Harley-Davidson.


(The Tiger Trails To Spiti Part 2 was Sumbly’s last big official event which was flagged off in July 2018)

Also Read: Triumph To Focus On Tier II Cities To Increase Volumes

So far, it’s not clear where Vimal Sumbly is headed next. But it’s been widely speculated that Sumbly will be heading Harley-Davidson India’s operations. Harley-Davidson has recently announced big plans for the future, showcasing three concept models for the year 2020, including the first adventure bike from the American motorcycle brand, as well as announcing the next generation of electric motorcycles. Harley-Davidson has also announced the launch of a small displacement motorcycle by 2022, targeted specifically at the Indian and other Asian markets. The small displacement Harley-Davidson, announced to be between 250-500 cc, will be made in Asia in collaboration with a regional partner with a comprehensive manufacturing and development capability. While Harley-Davidson has not yet announced which country the potential new strategic partner will be from, it’s widely believed that Harley-Davidson’s future partner will be an Indian two-wheeler manufacturer.


(Vimal Sumbly spearheaded Triumph India since the iconic British brand entered India in 2013)


During Vimal Sumbly’s tenure as MD of Triumph Motorcycles India, Triumph has entered into a non-equity partnership with Bajaj Auto, also to develop small displacement motorcycles, in the 250-500 cc category. The new motorcycles from the Bajaj-Triumph alliance are expected to hit the market sometime by late 2019. Before joining Triumph India, Vimal Sumbly has held several positions in Bajaj Auto, starting as a National Sales Manager in 2006 to General Manager, Sales in 2013 when he quit Bajaj Auto to head Triumph India.

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Ton-Up Tamim Iqbal Leads Bangladesh To Series Triumph Against West Indies

With the series all square following the hosts’ thrilling three-run win in the second match under lights in Guyana on Wednesday, Bangladesh set the pace in this decider with their top-order batting justifying the decision by captain Mashrafe Mortaza to bat first after he won the toss for the third consecutive time.

Tamim’s confident 103 off 124 balls with seven fours and two sixes again provided his team with a solid foundation, his innings lifting his tally in the three matches to 287 runs at an outstanding average of 143.5. 

He was the obvious choice as both man of the match and man of the series.

“We put a lot of effort in this series after the disappointments of the Test matches,” said Tamim.

“I was required to bat long and was able to do it successfully. Patience is the key to get runs on the pitches we had in this series, especially in Guyana.”

As in the first two ODIs, Tamim found a reliable partner in Shakib al Hasan, the pair putting on 81 runs for the second wicket. 

They picked up the pace from a stuttering start in the manner of their previous second-wicket partnerships in the series before Shakib eventually departed off the bowling off Ashley Nurse, who together with fellow spinner Devendra Bishoo put a brake on Bangladesh’s progress through the middle of the innings.

However they were able to cut loose over the final 20 overs as 150 runs were plundered in that period, thanks in the main to the unbridled aggression of Mahmudullah.

He had come to the crease when Nurse took his second wicket in bowling Mushfiqur Rahim and immediately went into attack mode, his adventurous knock of 67 not out occupying 49 deliveries and embellished with five fours and three sixes.

Tamim eventually reached his 11th ODI hundred in the 38th over but didn’t get much further as a miscued sweep off Bishoo offered a catch to Powell at backward square-leg.

Big-hitting Mashrafe promoted himself up the order in a clear statement of intent, his frenetic 36 off 25 balls putting the West Indies under immense pressure during the final ten overs until his opposite number, Holder, dismissed him.

But with Mahmudullah still blazing away Bangladesh were able to cross the 300-run mark in the final over of the innings.

With a rejuvenated Chris Gayle anchoring their reply, the West Indies remained on course for the daunting target until the big left-hander fell for 73 off 66 balls, Mehidy Hasan taking the catch at long-on in Rubel Hossain’s first over.

From there the innings stalled fatally as Shai Hope occupied 94 deliveries in getting to 64 and by the time he fell, with the score at 224 for five in the 44th over, the West Indies had left themselves with too much to do notwithstanding Powell’s effort.

He struck four sixes and five fours in his hurricane knock but Bangladesh did not buckle under the assault with Rubel and Mustafizur retaining their disciplines in the final two overs to seal a famous match and series triumph.

“I felt 300 runs was a par score because in these conditions because it was probably the best our bowlers could do,” a disappointed West Indies captain Jason Holder stated. 

“We didn’t progress at the rate we should have in the middle overs and left ourselves with too much to do at the end.”

Both teams turn their attention to a three-match T20 series beginning in St Kitts on Tuesday and concluding at the weekend in Fort Lauderdale in the United States.

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Triumph Flags Off Second Edition Of Tiger Trails

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20 Triumph Tiger owners are participating in the Triumph Tiger Trails to Spiti

Triumph Motorcycles India flagged off the second edition of its Tiger Trails experience, a ride to the Spiti valley spread over 5 days, starting from Shimla on July 22, and ending in Manali on July 27. As many as 20 Triumph Tiger customers are participating in the second edition of the Tiger Trails, and will experience different terrains and challenges along the way. The Tiger Trails ride cum training program is designed for adventure riders seeking to explore the limits of their own capabilities and their bikes on the rough terrain of the Spiti valley in the Himalayas.

“With over 900 Tiger customers in the country Triumph Motorcycles does not just deliver great motorcycles, we also create an ecosystem in which the rider is equipped with the skill sets to ride deftly and safely. Our initiatives like the Triumph Tiger Trails and Tiger Training Academies have had an overwhelming response across India. With the recent introduction of the all new Tiger 800 and the Tiger 1200, the game just got better. We have and will be working on more of these curated programmes to further our commitment to building a safe riding culture in India, and to promote the spirit of adventure in the country,” said Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India.


Triumph also organises the Tiger Training Academy with veteran rider and adventure enthusiast Vijay Parmar leading the training session for Tiger owners who want to improve their off-road ridinf skills on their bikes. Triumph however, is not the only brand which specialises in such adventure training activities. Ducati also has the Ducati Dream Tour and Ducati Riding Experience initiatives aimed at giving customers a more adventure experience, as well as improve their riding skills.

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2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XCx Review

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The 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 is priced at Rs. 13.76 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

The Triumph Tiger 800 is one of the most popular adventure bikes on sale in India. In fact, it is one of the best-selling adventure bikes around the world too with over 68,000 units sold since 2010. When it comes to motorcycles being versatile, it’s the adventure bikes, which offer a lot of it; be it mile-munching, mild or hard-core off-roading or even riding on a daily basis. And the Triumph Tiger 800 has been one of the favourites when it comes to a one size fits all kind of motorcycle. Triumph launched the 2018 model of the Tiger 800 in India a few months ago and we finally got a chance to swing a leg over the new model.

Triumph Tiger 800
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Also Read: 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 First Ride Review

What all has changed outside?

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In total, Triumph says that there are 200 changes on the 2018 Tiger 800 range, including cosmetic changes, new colours and even updates to the engine. As far as looks and design are concerned, the 2018 Tiger 800 now feels fresher with almost all-new bodywork. Except for the fuel tank, the side panels are new and they do add to the overall look of the bike. Also new are the aero deflectors, which are said to offer better aerodynamics and improved air flow, directing air flow away from the rider, and the pillion. The rear section of the motorcycle continues to look rugged with the exposed sub-frame. The badges are new too and then, there is the manually adjustable wind-screen upfront, with a rather simple adjusting mechanism. The Tiger 800 XCx features LED daytime running lamp on the headlamp cluster along with an LED tail lamp at the rear. The other big update is the TFT instrumentation screen which has been borrowed from the Triumph Street Triple ₹ The switchgear on the motorcycle is new too and apart from being backlit, the 5-way joystick controls are intuitive. Like earlier, the Tiger 800 XCx continues to get an engine guard and a bashplate as standard. 

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With the addition of the new panels and the new colour schemes, the Tiger 800 sure looks and feels fresher. Plus, the new colour TFT instrument console adds to premium feel of the motorcycle. We quite liked the black and silver paintjob on our test bike.

What all has changed inside?

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Even though the in-line 3 engine on this bike is the same as the one on the outgoing model, the internals and the working have been updated significantly. So, there are now new gears on the primary drive, new crankshaft and a revised counter-balancer, as well as a new clutch. The bike continues to churn out 93.7 bhp of max power at 9,500 rpm and 79 Nm of peak torque at 8,050 rpm. The transmission unit remains the same 6-speed unit, the first gear has been shortened by up to 12 per cent, which translates into better acceleration and also reduces clutch slip at low speeds, especially when riding off road. The other significant change is the new exhaust system, which is lighter and freer flowing and this results in a meatier exhaust note than the distinct whine of the earlier triple engines. The exhaust note now has more bass in it, sounding sweeter to the ears. Ohh! Did we mention the new Brembo brakes, which replace the Nissin brakes? Well, the brakes have been upgraded too.

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Specifications 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XCx
Engine Type In-line 3, liquid-cooled
Displacement 799 cc
Max Power 93.7 bhp at 9,500 rpm
Max Torque 79 Nm at 8,050 rpm
Gearbox 6-speed manual

Any updates to the electronics of the bike?

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As a matter of fact, yes! The Triumph Tiger 800 XCx now offers five riding modes which are road, rain, sport, off-road and a new off-road pro mode. The levels of traction control and ABS can be changed for each mode and also, in the off-road pro mode, the ABS is disconnected from the rear tyre so as to allow the motorcycle to slide whenever needed.

What all stays the same? 

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The engine so to say and the WP suspension remain the same, on the Tiger 800 XCx variant that is. One can adjust the preload on the rear monoshock, but that’s about it. The front Showa USDs offer 180 mm of travel while the rear WP monoshock offers 170 mm of travel. The ride on the Tiger 800 has always been plush and continues to be on the new model.

How does the motorcycle ride?

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The updated engine now offers so much more. The power delivery is now smoother and there is a tonne of it available across the rev range. The performance is now peppier, has more punch in it, with the bike offering 90 per cent of the torque from as low as 2,500 rpm. The result is excellent tractability. The bike pulls cleanly from 50 kmph in 6th gear and goes beyond 120 kmph in no time. The throttle response is crisper and a slight twist of the wrist even at 45 kmph in 5th gear is more than enough to overtake any vehicle moving in front of you. The Tiger 800, especially, the XCx, was never a motorcycle which handled like a dream but it can still carry speeds in a corner. Thanks to the Brembo brakes, the braking has improved, with sharper bite, resulting front forks sinking sooner than before.

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Now, the Tiger eats tarmac roads for breakfast, but what about when you want to off-road? Well, that’s the Tiger’s lunch. Thanks to updated but less intrusive electronics, you now feel even more in control of the Tiger tackling tough terrain. The Bridgestone tyres offer decent grip on tarmac but should you want to go off-roading, getting knobbies would be a good idea. We did subject the bike to light off-roading, and we could feel the bike wanting for more. In the hands of a capable rider, the Tiger 800 XCx can offer a rather rewarding experience off the road. Time to polish my off-road skills, then!


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With a price of ₹ 13.76 lakh, the 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 XCX makes for a great buy if you are in the market for a middleweight adventure bike. It looks good, is rugged and offers a whole lot of features, making a solid case for itself. It squares up against the likes of the Ducati Multistrada 950, Honda Africa Twin and the BMW F 850 GS.

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Over 700 Triumph Street Triple Motorcycles Sold In India So Far

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The Street Triple is the third largest selling Triumph bike in India, after the Bonneville & Tiger series

The Triumph Street Triple motorcycle has recently crossed the 700 sales milestone in India. Since the bike’s launch in India, Triumph Motorcycles has so far sold 701 units of Street Triple in the country and it was just last year that we saw the introduction of the new-gen model. Currently available in two variants – Street Triple S, and Street Triple RS, the bike has registered a year-on-year (YOY) growth of 148 per cent in 2018 fiscal year, compared to the FY 2017.

Triumph Street Triple RS

Commenting on this latest milestone, Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India said, “When a new bike is introduced, it is on the basis our assessment of what the market wants, but one never knows what the reaction to a new bike will be. We are extremely pleased with the response to the Street Triple so far and hope to see more and more people enjoy this amazing machine, as much as we have enjoyed developing it.”

Also Read: Triumph Street Triple RS Recalled In India

triumph street triple rs review

The 765 cc in-line three-cylinder engine makes 121 bhp, and 77 Nm torque on the RS trim

The current-gen Triumph Street Triple is powered by a 765 cc, inline 3-cylinder engine that comes in different states of tune depending on the variant. The base model Street Triple S, for instance, comes with a power output at 111 bhp and 73 Nm of peak torque, whereas, the top-of-the-line RS trim offers a maximum of 121 bhp and a peak torque of 77 Nm. The engine comes with more than 80 new parts, compared to the older 675 cc engine, which includes a new crank, pistons and Nikasil plated aluminium barrels and an increased bore and stroke. The same engine is under rigorous R&D with Moto2 in preparation for its 2019 track debut as the official engine for the tournament.

Also Read: 2018 Ducati Monster 821 vs Triumph Street Triple RS: Comparison Review


Triumph Street Triple RS gets 2 new colours – Matt Jet Black and Crystal White


The Street Triple also comes with a bunch of smart tech like a 5-inch full-colour TFT screen, in the RS, which offers two different themes and three different styles, with adjustable contrast. The bike also comes with switchable traction control, ABS, and ride-by-wire, and five riding models which are road, rain, sport, track, and individual. Triumph Motorcycles has also introduced 2 new colour options for the Street Triple RS – Crystal White and Matt Jet Black, in addition to the existing Matt Silver Ice shade.

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Trump Hands Putin A Diplomatic Triumph, Casts Doubt On US Intelligence

The gathering turned into a clear political victory for the Russian president.


President Donald Trump handed Russian President Vladimir Putin an unalloyed diplomatic triumph during their summit here Monday as he refused to support the collective conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump’s warm rhetorical embrace of Putin, who he said had given him an “extremely strong and powerful” denial that Russia assaulted America’s democracy, marked an extraordinary capstone to the first formal meeting between the current leaders of the world’s nuclear superpowers and sparked trepidation and horror among many in Washington and around the globe.

At a remarkable 46-minute joint news conference inside the Finnish presidential palace, Trump would not challenge Putin’s claim that the Russian government played no role in trying to sabotage the U.S. election, despite the Justice Department’s indictments Friday of 12 Russian intelligence officers Friday accused of hacking Democratic emails as part of a broad subterfuge operation to help Trump win the election.

Trump went on to condemn the expansive federal investigation of Russian interference as “a disaster for our country” and “a total witch hunt,” arguing that the probe, along with “foolish” American policies, had severely impaired relations between the two countries.

The gathering along the glistening waterfront of this Nordic capital turned into a clear political victory for the Russian president, who aims to expand his country’s global influence by sowing discord within the United States and disrupting Western alliances.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the summit “fabulous” and “better than super,” according to Russian news agencies, while Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was snickering with exuberance as he watched the news conference from the sidelines.

Trump and Putin spent their first two hours speaking alone, joined only by their interpreters. After emerging from the tete-a-tete with the former KGB agent, Trump appeared to discount the findings of his own intelligence agencies about Russia’s behavior.

Both presidents are highly focused on projecting dominance and machismo, but Trump on Monday waffled beside a stone-faced Putin and avoided a confrontation when an Associated Press reporter asked Trump whether he believes U.S. intelligence officials or Putin.

“They said they think it’s Russia,” Trump replied, referencing intelligence officials. “I have President Putin – he just said it’s not Russia.”

Trump added: “I will say this – I don’t see any reason why it would be . . . I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

Trump declined an invitation by the AP reporter, Jonathan Lemire, to warn Putin, with the world watching, never again to interfere in a U.S. election.

And with Trump looking on, Putin insisted to reporters that “the Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere into internal American affairs, including election process.”

Putin suggested what Trump described as an “interesting idea” – that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators could come to Russia and help question the dozen Russian suspects, as long as Russians could do the same of U.S. intelligence agents that Moscow suspects of carrying out crimes on Russian soil.

Trump’s failure to confront Putin drew stern rebukes from leaders of both political parties in Washington and left the American national security establishment alarmed and dismayed.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats responded by stating that the intelligence assessment of Russia’s “ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy” has been clear and has been presented to Trump in an unvarnished and objective fashion.


Russian national flags, American national flags, and a Finnish national flag fly outside the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.

Former CIA director John Brennan tweeted that Trump proved himself to be “wholly in the pocket of Putin” and that his comments were “nothing short of treasonous.”

Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said “there is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy.”

And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the Helsinki summit “a tragic mistake,” arguing that Trump delivered “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”

One of the few defenses in Washington came from Vice President Mike Pence. “What the world saw, what the American people saw, is that President Donald Trump will always put the prosperity and security of America first,” Pence said during an event at the Commerce Department.

As Trump returned to Washington aboard Air Force One, the president took to Twitter to defend his performance.

“As I said today and many times before, ‘I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.’ However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past – as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!” wrote the president, who has remained fixated on the exploits of his campaign two years ago.

For three straight days leading up to the summit, Trump vented on Twitter and stewed in private with advisers over the indictments of a dozen Russian intelligence officers. The probe, overseen by Mueller, has produced charges against or guilty pleas from 32 Russians and Americans, including charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is in jail.

Discussing the investigation here Monday with Putin at his side, Trump insisted that there had been no coordination between his campaign and Moscow, using as his argument that he had no relationship with Putin at the time.

“I didn’t know the president,” Trump said. “There was nobody to collude with. There was no collusion with the campaign.”

Trump went on to air many of his pet grievances, including unsubstantiated conspiracies familiar to his campaign rally crowds and Twitter followers.

“What happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the [Democratic National Committee]?” Trump asked. “Where are those servers? They’re missing. Where are they? What happened to Hillary Clinton’s emails? Thirty-three thousand emails gone – just gone. I think in Russia they wouldn’t be gone so easily. I think it’s a disgrace that we can’t get Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 emails.”

Putin confirmed that he wanted Trump to defeat Clinton “because he talked about normalizing relations” between Russia and the United States. When asked whether the Russian government had compromising information on Trump or his family members, Putin did not answer directly and dismissed the question by saying, “It’s hard to imagine greater nonsense.” He told reporters, “Please throw this junk out of your head.”

In the morning hours before the summit began, Trump said his own country, rather than Russia, was to blame for the hostilities between their two nations. Although most U.S. officials fault Russia’s election interference, its alleged use of a nerve agent on British soil and its aggression in Ukraine and Syria, Trump instead faulted “U.S. foolishness and stupidity” in a tweet. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s official Twitter account retweeted it and added, “We agree.”

After sitting down with Putin, Trump said relations had warmed – and Putin agreed.

“The Cold War is a thing of the past,” Putin said, saying that he and Trump spoke “in a frank and businesslike atmosphere.”

In a show of bonhomie, Putin, who hosted the World Cup soccer tournament that concluded Sunday in Moscow, handed Trump a souvenir soccer ball. “Now the ball is in your court,” Putin said. The United States, Canada and Mexico will jointly host the World Cup in 2026, after Qatar in 2022.

Trump tossed the ball to first lady Melania Trump, who was sitting in the front row at the news conference, and said they would give it to their son, Barron, 12.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was critical of Trump’s performance Monday, tweeted, “If it were me, I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.”

The Trump-Putin summit began later than originally planned, after the perennially tardy Russian president arrived in Helsinki well behind schedule, keeping Trump waiting. Their one-on-one meeting lasted about two hours, a half-hour longer than anticipated.

Helsinki, which sits across the Gulf of Finland from Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg, has hosted past diplomatic breakthroughs between American and Russian presidents because of Finland’s stance of political neutrality. Although a member of the European Union, Finland is not part of NATO.

But Monday’s summit here produced no such breakthrough. Trump and Putin said they discussed a range of issues – including the civil war in Syria as well as terrorism and nuclear disarmament – but announced no substantive agreement at the conclusion of their discussions.

Heading into the summit, U.S. officials said the meeting itself was a “deliverable,” and Trump said there would be future talks between the two presidents and their delegations.

“Our relationship has never been worse than it is now,” Trump said as he stood alongside Putin at the summit’s conclusion. “However, that changed as of about four hours ago.”

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2018 Ducati Monster 821 vs Triumph Street Triple RS: Comparison Review

This is going to be a rather interesting match-up! Italy vs England! Hold on though… we are not talking about a football match here. We’ve got our hands on two super exciting naked middleweight sportbikes, and it’s quite a showdown between the 2018 Ducati Monster 821 and the Triumph Street Triple RS. The Ducati Monster 821 is a thoroughbred streetfighter with 25 years of legacy behind it, while the Street Triple (RS) is a British icon with laser-like precision. This road test is going to go down right to the wire! So let’s begin.

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Also Read: 2018 Ducati Monster 821 Review

If looks could kill

Keep the two bikes together, and it is the Monster 821 with its sexy yellow colour scheme that draws more eyeballs. A bit of trivia for you, the first ever Ducati Monster, the M900 too was launched in a shade of yellow. Typical of naked sportbikes, the Monster 821 has only the mudguard, the fuel tank and the rear tailpiece as panels. Carrying a minimalist design, the Monster 821 has more attitude and struts its stuff with more swagger than the Street Triple ₹ It is a Monster, after all.

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The Street Triple RS, on the other hand is typically British. Understated and classy! I am one of the biggest fans of the twin bug-eyed lamps. Always have been! I just feel that the bug-eyed lamps give the bike a sinister look, something that every naked streetfighter should have. But, even though the grey colour scheme looks good, it isn’t loud enough to turn heads or catch your attention at a passing glance. The design on the Street Triple RS sure is sharper with more angular bits, but it’s the Ducati Monster 821 which has more pizzazz. This round definitely belongs to the Monster 821.

How about features and tech?

The Ducati Monster 821 gets three riding modes, which are Urban, Touring and Sport. Each mode has a different setting for ABS, traction control and engine power. The Touring and Sport mode offer full power but differ in the way power is generated while choosing the urban mode; the engine power is restricted to 75 bhp. One can choose from 8 levels of traction control and three levels of ABS. The interface though, is not the most user-friendly. One takes time to get used to the way the settings for ABS and traction control are changed. Coming to the cycle parts, the Monster 821 gets Brembo brakes at the front and rear along with 43 mm USD forks up font and a monoshock at the rear. But the front fork is not adjustable, although the rear shock has some adjustability.

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The Triumph Street Triple RS though has better equipment in comparison to the Monster 821. The electronics are more exhaustive, with five riding modes (Rider, Road, Rain, Track and Sport) and even the ABS and traction control can be further customised or fully turned off. The interface on the Street Triple is much more intuitive and easier to use. Even in terms of suspension and brakes, the Street Triple RS is better equipped. The bike gets 41 mm Showa big piston forks up front and an Ohlins STX40 monoshock at the rear, both fully adjustable. Also, it gets a higher spec Brembo M50 calipers gripping the twin front discs. So, needless to say, the Street Triple takes this round!

triumph street triple rs review(The Street Triple RS gets some top-spec components and hi-tech electronics & 5 riding modes too)

Punching power

This is where things begin to get interesting! You want the numbers, refer to the table below. A glance at the table reveals that the Street Triple RS makes almost 14 bhp more along with being 14.5 kg lighter. The Ducati Monster 821 makes 9 Nm more torque though, and peak torque is also achieved much lower in the rev range. Ducati Monsters have always been torque-laden machines and this one’s no different. As we mentioned earlier, the Street Triple RS is the better equipped of the two and the difference in the power translates to real-world riding as well.

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Specifications Triumph Street Triple RS Ducati Monster 821
Displacement 765 cc, 3-cylinder 821 cc, L-Twin
Max Power 121 bhp @ 11,700 rpm 107.2 bhp @ 9,250 rpm
Max Torque 77 Nm @ 10,800 rpm 86 Nm @ 7,750 rpm
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed
Dry Weight 166 kg 180.5 kg
Riding Modes 5 riding modes 3 riding modes
ABS Yes Yes
Traction control Yes Yes
Instrumentation TFT Digital TFT Digital
Price: (Ex- Delhi) ₹ 11.13 lakh ₹ 9.51 lakh

From the get go, it’s clear that the Street Triple RS has a smoother engine (in-line 3) and it makes light work of going fast. The torque though lesser, has a wider spread and even when right at the top end, the bike does not run out of steam. The 3-pot motor doles out power by the bucketful and if you don’t have one eye on the instrument console all the time, you could be going dangerously fast in less time than it takes to talk about it. And when it is time to shed speed, the Brembos work beautifully. Just the right amount of bite offered progressively so that you don’t have hairy moments.

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The Ducati Monster 821 is no slouch either. It can do illegal speeds in no time too. The torque is more or less concentrated in the mid-range and there is plentiful of it. The way the bike pulls will make you grin like a child under your lid. You whack the throttle open and the bike shows how much of a Monster it really is. It’s just that the Street Triple RS does it all so smoothly, with the precision of a scalpel making a millimetre perfect cut and that is what makes us swing its way. The Brembos on the Monster 821 scrub off speed very nicely. The brakes have solid bite but are less progressive than the Street Triple.

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The engine (L-Twin) is not as smooth as the Street Triple RS’ but the Monster 821 sure sounds sexier. The bass-laden exhaust-note is distinctly different from the sweet-sounding whine of the in-line 3 of the Street Triple and when you open up the throttle on the two, it is the Monster, which is significantly louder and offers you an exemplary aural experience, burbling and crackling as you accelerate through the gears.

How do these bikes ride and handle?

One of the key ingredients of how exciting a sportbike is the way it handles. And the Street Triple RS is perhaps the benchmark when it comes to handling prowess in this segment. If it were not a motorcycle, it could have been a precision tool. The bike moves the exact same way on the tarmac as you had imagined it in your head. It responds to the slightest of inputs in a way that belies belief. Be it slicing through traffic or attacking a corner with gusto, the bike makes light work of it. Tip it into a corner aggressively, get on the gas and as you exit, it gives you goosebumps. A good part of it is because of the taut suspension. Sure, on broken roads, potholes and bumps it is a handful but if we buy one, we are willing to live with that.

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The Ducati Monster 821 isn’t as sharp as the Monster 821 as the suspension is a little on the softer side.. Sure, it translates into a comfortable ride, but the handling suffers, only when you compare it with the Triumph. On a daily basis, we would rather prefer the Monster 821, which sails through most road undulations and broken tarmac very comfortably.

Final say

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It is a tough one! The Triumph Street Triple RS offers more power, is better equipped and a precision tool. The 2018 Ducati Monster 821 is a looker! It is loud and aggressive, easily has more presence on the road and is decently equipped too. More importantly, the Monster 821 is priced at ₹ 9.51 lakh while the Street Triple RS is priced at 11.13 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom, Delhi), a difference of ₹ 1.62 lakh. It is a sizeable difference! If you are confident that you will be riding in the city with the occasional highway jaunt, we suggest you look at the Ducati but if you are looking to spend some time on the racetrack too along with city roads and want a bike that is fully kitted out, the Street Triple RS is absolutely worth the extra money. And yes, the Street Triple RS is the better performer too.

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Is A Triumph Daytona 765 In The Making?

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Triumph is already testing its own prototype for the 2019 Moto2 class

Triumph has already announced the testing of the 2019 Triumph Moto2 engine in Aragon, Spain, last month, where several teams carried out tests on the chassis and ECU of their respective bikes. Three chassis manufacturers – Kalex, KTM and NTS tested their new prototypes powered by the 765 cc, Triumph in-line three cylinder engine. The 2019 Moto2 championship will move to the new Triumph engine, a race-spec version derived from the Triumph Street Triple ₹ The race-spec Moto2 engine gets some changes, in the form of a taller first gear, modified cylinder head, titanium valves and stiffer springs, a tuneable slipper clutch and a race-spec ECU.

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Triumph has been testing the Moto2 prototype with the 765 cc engine for a few months now

Also Read: Triumph Begins Testing Moto2 Engine

During the latest round of tests of the Moto2 engine by chassis manufacturers, there was also an official Triumph test mule with Triumph badging and the number 765 written on its tail section. It still may not be a prototype test mule of an upcoming Daytona 765, and Triumph maintains that the motorcycle in question is a test mule used to test and develop the engine and ECU for Moto2.

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The Moto2 prototype with Triumph badging is said to be used to test the engine and ECU

The Triumph Daytona 675 was updated last in 2013, and with no new upgrade in the horizon, it’s imminent that it will only be a matter of time before a Daytona 765 production-model sees the light of day. Now, the question is – if there’s a production model in the making, is Triumph testing it? And if it is in the making, is a new Daytona 765 being tested alongside the tests for the Moto2 engine? The Triumph-badged test bike for the Moto2 tests uses components quite different to the test bikes used by the Moto2 teams. While the Kalex, KTM and NTS teams had Moto2 test bikes with frames which didn’t seem well finished, the Triumph test bike has near production-finish components, including K-Tech suspension and Nissin brakes.

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Is Triumph testing an early prototype of the Daytona 765 along with testing for the Moto2 engine?

Also Read: Triumph Files Patents For Daytona Name In Europe, US

At this point though, nothing is certain. The Triumph Daytona has quite a fan following across the world, including here in India. And a production model could well see introduction of a version with top-shelf components, including Ohlins suspension and race-spec Brembo brakes. It’s imminent that the Daytona brand will be resurrected, sooner than later. Earlier this year, Triumph filed patents for the Daytona name in the US and Europe, although Triumph has been holding rights to the name in Britain since 1995.


In India, the Triumph Daytona 675 and Daytona 675R have already been taken off the official website and sales have been stopped for almost a year now. Sources in Triumph say that a Daytona 765 will certainly be launched, but there’s no word on what stage of production the bike is in, or when it will actually be launched. With no new upgrade expected for the Daytona 675, one thing is almost certain, Triumph is likely to introduce a new Daytona with the 765 cc engine, which is likely to be launched to coincide with the 2019 Grand Prix series, when the 765 cc engine makes its motorsport debut.

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