bikes last year, plans to open at least three showrooms by the end of 2013, in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
The company, which began life as a bicycle manufacturer in 1887, will assemble some models at its new plant in Manesar, northern India, to save on high import taxes and so keep prices down. It also plans to build a factory in the southern state of Karnataka.
As well as Harleys, Triumph's classic cruisers and sports bikes will also compete with offerings from Honda Motor Co Ltd , Yamaha Motor Co Ltd and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG's BMW Motorrad - plus the lower priced bikes of Royal Enfield.
"We will be an aspirational brand for guys who use (Royal Enfield) bikes," said Sumbly, who was previously with Bajaj Auto Ltd, India's second-largest motorcycle maker.
Asked whether Triumph would design an India-specific bike, Sumbly said, "As the market develops and we see the growth, the company will surely invest more and more in India."