If the Honda engines used in Moto2 are only making 120bhp, I'll eat my helmet... with my Sena still attached.
I think it'll be very interesting to see Triumph providing a 765cc triple for the series. As much as I get along just fine with twins and fours, I've always had a real soft spot for odd numbers of cylinders.
The most likely case I can imagine is:
- Triumph use an evolution of the 765 design from the new Street Triple (yes,
. i'm drooling).
- They'll use this tuned version as a test bed for a new Daytona. They've already got the chassis mostly right on the 675. Although they're hugely improved in reliability compared to previous years, this will be their real focus.
- The image and press from supplying reliable
and powerful engines will increase the sex appeal that isn't quite there for them. My mate's '97 916SP was a work of art and fantastic if you wanted to go supernova, but reliable? Um, no. They've got a hefty chunk of the retro market, but an 8000RPM parallel twin is a very different beast to a 14000RPM triple... More so, if you're talking about keeping it up around that rev limit.
If Triumph pull this off, it'll be a major coup for their brand appeal and engineering knowledge.