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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.

2012 Triumph Speedmaster vs. Triumph Thruxton

Triumph’s Speedmaster cruiser and Thruxton café racer are two distinctly different retro motorcycles based upon the same engine.

Mark Tuttle
August 8, 2012

Retro is in; retro is cool. If a motorcycle looks old and works like a modern one, you can have the best of both worlds. A nostalgic appearance is pleasing to young and old, and the rider enjoys classic style, sound and feel, with brakes that stop and no oil puddles on the ground. Among the U.S. manufacturers,... Read more »

2013 Triumph Trophy SE – First Look

2013 Triumph Trophy SE in Lunar Silver.

Rider Magazine
June 22, 2012

Triumph is jumping back into the heavyweight sport-touring arena with an all-new motorcycle for 2013 wearing the familiar Trophy model name, but looking nothing like the bike last seen in 2004. The 2013 Trophy is the third new bike to be launched by the company in the last 18 months. It’s based... Read more »

Triumph Announces 110th Anniversary Bonneville T100

Triumph announces its limited-edition 110th Anniversary Bonneville T100.

Press Release
March 16, 2012

Triumph has prided itself on building some of the finest motorcycles in the world since 1902. Triumph, which has been associated with high performance and timeless appeal, has created an anniversary edition of the Bonneville T100 that is a tribute to the iconic Triumph brand. The 2012 Bonneville T100... Read more »

2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer First Ride Review

2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer: Metzeler Tourance EXP street-biased dual-sport radials provide plenty of grip on the road and are adequate offroad.

Greg Drevenstedt
February 27, 2012

Leaned over mid-corner, the toe of my boot scraping the tarmac and adrenalin crackling through my veins, rolling on the throttle induces a deep, guttural bark from the stainless-steel exhaust pipe. The rear tire hits something slick, perhaps a thin line of diesel fuel slopped onto the roadway by that... Read more »

Triumph Announces Prices of New-For-2012 Models

Triumph Tiger Explorer

Mark Tuttle
January 16, 2012

Triumph Motorcycles has released the United States retail prices of its new-for-2012 models, the Tiger Explorer, Speed Triple R and Steve McQueen Edition. The Tiger Explorer is Triumph’s first entry into the premium adventure touring sector; it features an all-new 1,215cc three-cylinder powerplant... Read more »

Triumph Introduces Three New Motorcycles for 2012

Triumph Tiger Explorer

Rider Magazine
November 7, 2011

  Fresh from record sales in 2011, Triumph Motorcycles will celebrate its 110th anniversary in 2012 with its strongest ever lineup, boosted by three new models which will be officially unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan on November 8. Triumph Tiger Explorer Brand new for 2012 is the Tiger Explorer,... Read more »

Rider Magazine’s 2011 Motorcycle of the Year

2011 Triumph Tiger 800

Rider Magazine
October 19, 2011

[Rider Magazine’s 2011 Motorcycle of the Year was originally published in the July 2011 issue of Rider magazine] 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 photo by Kevin Wing In our May issue—a whopping 156-page mailbox-filler, our largest in 30 years—we listed 32 all-new or significantly changed 2011 model-year... Read more »

2011 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 ABS Road Test

2011 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 ABS left side action

Rider Magazine
August 12, 2011

[This 2011 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 ABS Road Test was originally published in the August 2011 issue of Rider] photography by Kevin Wing and Riles & Nelson As a naked sportbike, the Speed Triple is now more comfortable for the rider, but a passenger has to deal with a small seat, just a strap... Read more »

2011 Triumph Tiger 800 vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Road Test

Suzuki V-Strom 650 right side beauty

Rider Magazine
June 21, 2011

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Road Test Comparison was originally published in the June 2011 issue of Rider magazine] When we first tested the V-Strom 650 in 2004, and for several years thereafter, Suzuki had the middleweight, multicylinder adventure... Read more »

2011 Triumph Tiger 800 Road Test

2011 Triumph Tiger 800 left side action

Greg Drevenstedt
June 14, 2011

  We motorcyclists are a lucky lot. The source of our passion is, in most cases, inexpensive, fuel efficient, reliable and a fount of endless joy and fascination. Vintage machines, racebikes and customs may or may not fulfill any of these criteria, but street-legal motorcycles that rolled off the... 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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