Triumph UK and Triumph South Africa have parted ways, and the British motorcycles will no longer be imported by Kawasaki Motorcycles SA (KMSA).

Triumph UK is in the process of appointing a new SA importer within the next six months or so, during which time KMSA will continue to support the brand with spares, accessories and warranties.

Arnold Olivier, Brand Director of Triumph South Africa, says the split occurred over Triumph UK’s new retail concept that calls for single, larger dealerships in cities rather than the present model of using a number of smaller dealers. The alternative of upgrading the existing smaller stores would have required a very high financial investment, and the new distributor will clearly need to have deep pockets to meet Triumph UK’s new customer-interface model.

KMSA has been SA’s Triumph distributor for 22 years and is the world’s third largest independent Triumph importer. The 115-year old brand has a strong following in this country with around 4 500 Triumphs on our roads. The Triumph Thruxton R is also South Africa’s reigning Pirelli Bike of the Year as voted for by a panel of motorcycle journalists.

Triumph Motorcycles Ltd is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer, established in 1984 by John Bloor after the original company Triumph Engineering went into receivership. The new company continued Triumph's record of motorcycle production since 1902. 

If you’re looking for a  biking bargain, now would be a good time to buy a Triumph as KMSA is selling off existing stock at drastically reduced prices.

Here is the new pricelist, with the old prices on the right:

MODEL New Price Old Price
BONNEVILLE R64 000 R97 500
BONNEVILLE NEWCHURCH R69 000 R104 500
BONNEVILLE T100 & T100 BLACK R79 000 R134 500
BONNEVILLE T120 R109 000 R147 500
BONNEVILLE BOBBER R164 500 R164 500
DAYTONA 675 R125 000 R154 500
SPEED TRIPLE S R130 000 R165 500
SPEED TRIPLE R R119 000 R149 500
SPEED TRIPLE '94 R109 000 R139 500
STREET CUP R79 000 R134 500
STREET SCRAMBLER R109 000 R139 500
STREET TRIPLE 675 R90 000 R119 500
STREET TWIN R69 000 R124 500
THRUXTON 1200 R109 000 R149 500
THRUXTON 1200 R R129 000 R174 500
THRUXTON EFI R69 000 R109 500
THUNDERBIRD COMMANDER R109 000 R194 500
TIGER 1200 EXPLORER XCA R159 000 R224 500
TIGER 1200 EXPLORER XCX R139 000 R199 500
TIGER 1200 EXPLORER XRT R149 000 R214 500
TIGER 800 XCX R119 000 R159 500
TIGER 800 XCX LOW R119 000 R159 500
TIGER 800 XRX LOW R99 000 R144 500

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