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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.

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx and Tiger 800 XCx – First Ride Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 21, 2014

photography by Alessio Barbanti and Paul Barshon In late 2010, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Triumph pulled the covers off two all-new middleweight adventure tourers, the street-oriented Tiger 800 and off-road-ready Tiger 800 XC, and a few weeks later it hosted a world press launch for both bikes... Read more »

2015 Triumph Rocket X Limited Edition – First Look Review

2015 Triumph Rocket X

Rider Magazine Staff
November 6, 2014

Launched in 2004, Triumph’s Rocket III, with its 2,294cc in-line triple, has held the title of the largest-displacement mass-production motorcycle for a decade. When we strapped our 2014 Triumph Rocket III Touring test bike to Jett Tuning’s dyno, it made a pavement-buckling 137 lb-ft of torque at... Read more »

2015 Triumph Thunderbird Nightstorm Special Edition – First Look Review

2015 Triumph Thunderbird Nightstorm Special Edition

Rider Magazine Staff
November 6, 2014

Triumph’s Thunderbird cruiser, powered by a convention-bucking parallel twin displacing 1,597cc, debuted for 2009, slotting between the Bonneville-based America and Speedmaster (both have a 865cc parallel twin) and the super-sized Rocket III (with its 2,294cc in-line triple). The Thunderbird’s accessory... Read more »

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XR and XC – First Look Review

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx

Rider Magazine Staff
November 4, 2014

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx in Caspian Blue Triumph’s Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC adventure tourers, introduced for 2011, impressed us with their torquey in-line triples, good handling and versatility, earning Rider’s 2011 Motorcycle of the Year award. The street-focused Tiger 800 had cast wheels... Read more »

Triumph Releases 2015 Special Editions

2015 Limited Edition Bonneville T214 Land Speed Edition

Rider Magazine Staff
October 22, 2014

Triumph Motorcycles has released a trio of Special Edition motorcycles for 2015, including the Bonneville T214 Land Speed Limited Edition, the 2015 Street Triple Rx Special Edition, and the Bonneville Newchurch Special Edition. 2015 Limited Edition Bonneville T214 Land Speed Edition The limited-edition... Read more »

Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Edition – First Look Review

Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Edition

Rider Magazine Staff
October 13, 2014

The Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Edition made its U.S. debut at the Ace Corner at the Barber Vintage Festival. At the 10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, held October 12-14, 2014, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, Triumph Motorcycles unveiled the Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special... Read more »

Retrospective: Triumph T140 Bonneville 750: 1973-1988

1977 Triumph T140J Bonneville Silver Jubilee

Clement Salvadori
July 7, 2014

Year/Model: 1977 Triumph T140J Bonneville Silver Jubilee; Owner: Ron Mattson, Camarillo, California. This 750 Bonneville had a pretty good run—under three entirely different managements. First was the traditional factory at Meriden, followed by the workers’ strike and the setting up of a genuine... Read more »

Rocketing Through the Cascades on Triumph’s Rocket III Touring

North Cascades Scenic Highway

Clement Salvadori
June 3, 2014

The average view when rolling along the North Cascades Scenic Highway is glorious—rides don’t get much better than this. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Bob Reichenberg) One day I got a postcard from friends who were up on the North Cascades Scenic Highway (Washington Route 20), showing the... Read more »

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 »

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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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