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Established in the United Kingdom in 1901, Triumph Motorcycles is one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in the world, though it ceased production for several years after going bankrupt in the early 1980s. Currently based in Hinckley and owned by John Bloor, Triumph produces about 50,000 motorcycles annually. Triumph motorcycle guides discuss a range of motorcycles and motorbikes in several model families: Classics (Bonneville, Thruxton, Scrambler), Cruisers (Thunderbird, Speedmaster, America, Rocket III), Roadster (Speed Triple, Street Triple), Supersport (Daytona), Adventure (Tiger 800/XC, Tiger 1050, Tiger Explorer) and Touring (Sprint GT, Trophy). Triumph motorcycle reviews and road tests led to the company winning Rider’s Motorcycle of the Year in 2007 with the Tiger 1050, and in 2011 with the Tiger 800/XC.

2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT and Commander—Road Test

2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT

Jon Langston
February 27, 2014

The 2014 Triumph Thunderbird Commander is a streetwise power cruiser. Designed to appeal to the American cruiser market, both new Thunderbird models combine big-inch power with plush appointments. Triumph’s return has succeeded because the company is producing excellent motorcycles, from eager sportbikes... Read more »

2014 Triumph Motorcycles First Look Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 7, 2013

2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT in Lava Red/Phantom Black On the heels of announced updates to the Bonneville, Thruxton and Scrambler for 2014, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Triumph Motorcycles introduced three new cruiser models (Thunderbird LT, Thunderbird Commander and America LT) and a special edition... Read more »

2014 Triumph Rocket III Touring Road Test

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Mark Tuttle
October 9, 2013

Bigger is better. Go big or go home. There’s no replacement for displacement. Super size me! We were using those phrases a lot about 10 years ago. Back then, a gallon of gas cost about a buck-fifty and the players in the cruiser market were battling to see who could build the biggest and baddest. Hot... Read more »

Triumph Updates Bonneville, Thruxton and Scrambler for 2014

2014 Triumph Bonneville T100

Press Release
October 3, 2013

Triumph has updated its line of modern classics—Bonneville, Thruxton and Scrambler—for 2014 with new color schemes, improved exhaust notes and an even better riding experience. “These updated bikes retain that iconic link to our heritage in terms of their conspicuous classical styling, yet are... Read more »

2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
August 28, 2013

When Triumph introduced its Tiger 800 and 800XC for 2011 and Tiger Explorer for 2012, the British manufacturer clearly wanted a slice of the rapidly growing adventure-touring market, with its sights set primarily on BMW’s popular GS line. The Tiger 800/XC compete head-to-head with the BMW F 650 GS... Read more »

Carpenter Racing’s 240hp Triumph Rocket III Roadster for Sale

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Rider Magazine Staff
June 12, 2013

Two-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion Bob Carpenter is now selling his 240rwhp Triumph Rocket III performance package in new 2013 Triumph Rocket III motorcycles. The Carpenter Racing engine kit boosts the stock 2300cc Triumph Rocket III Roadster from 146bhp to 240+rwhp and is fully streetable for... Read more »

Five Fast Fellows: 2013 Sport-Touring Shootout

Even in the dark cold of winter, it’s well worth it to get up early for sunrise over California’s majestic Sierra Nevada range.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 6, 2013

Sport touring, a hybrid category that blends the performance of sportbikes with the comfort of touring bikes, takes many forms. Some add a taller windscreen, bar risers and soft luggage to their GSX-R, while others bevel the pegs and scrape the belly pan on their Gold Wing. Between these two extremes... Read more »

2013 Triumph Trophy SE Review

The Trophy has excellent wind protection and agile handling but excessive engine noise.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 6, 2013

The Triumph Trophy SE is the only all-new model in this comparison, yet it seems strangely familiar. Its liquid-cooled, 1,215cc in-line triple is the same engine found in Triumph’s Tiger Explorer adventure tourer (though the Trophy has a taller sixth gear and recalibrated throttle-by-wire settings),... Read more »

2013 Triumph Bonneville: Ridden & Rated

The Triumph Bonneville has the lowest standard seat height here, at 29.1 inches, but it comes at the expense of comfort. And yes, it comes in colors other than purple.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 7, 2013

When our Imperial Purple/Fusion White Triumph Bonneville was delivered, I was sure it was a mistake, certain that the bike was intended for the artist currently and formerly known as Prince. Other bold colors available for 2013 include Intense Orange/Phantom Black and Aurum Gold, or you can go with basic... Read more »

Triumph Announces Bonneville and Speed Triple Special Editions

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Rider Magazine Staff
March 1, 2013

Triumph Bonneville SE Triumph Motorcycles announced two special edition SE models of its iconic Bonneville and Speed Triple bikes. The new Special Edition Bonneville, with its characteristic 865cc engine, retro chrome styling and cast aluminium wheels, boasts an array of enhancements to create a hugely... Read more »

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Triumph Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Triumph offers street-legal motorcycles and motobikes in several model families: Classics (Bonneville, Thruxton, Scrambler), Cruisers (Thunderbird, Speedmaster, America, Rocket III), Roadster (Speed Triple, Street Triple), Supersport (Daytona), Adventure (Tiger 800/XC, Tiger 1050, Tiger Explorer) and Touring (Sprint GT, Trophy).


Triumph Motorcycle Standouts

Triumph motorcycle reviews Triumph motorcycle reviews and road tests demonstrate that the company has built dozens of motorcycle and motorbike models since the company was first established in 1901, and several of the models in the current lineup are named after famous motorcycles from Triumph’s past. The Bonneville, built by Hinckley Triumph since 2001 and one of the company’s best-selling models, is based on the popular Bonneville built by Meriden Triumph from 1959-1988. It is named after the Bonneville Salt Flats, where Triumph made numerous land-speed record attempts. The Triumph Tiger, in 100 and T100 variants, was manufactured between 1939 and 1973; the Tiger name was revived in 1993 with the Tiger 900, which became the Tiger 1050, and other Tiger variants followed (Tiger 800/XC in 2011 and Tiger Explorer in 2012). Other past model names revived in recent years include Daytona, Thunderbird, Rocket and Trophy. Triumph motorcycle guides praise the top-selling Speed Triple, one of the first production streetfighter-style motorcycles (sportbikes without bodywork), known for its distinctive twin “bug-eye” headlights.

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