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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.

2010 Triumph Thunderbird Road Test

2010 Triumph Thunderbird Road Test

Rider Contributor
October 9, 2009

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2010 Triumph Thunderbird Road Test was originally published in the November 2009 issue of Rider magazine] 2010 Triumph Thunderbird Road Test Despite competing head-to-head with much larger makers for a slice of the American motorcycle market, Triumph has always gone its... Read more »

2009 Triumph 50th Anniversary Bonneville Road Test

Riding photo fo the Triumph 50th Anniversary Bonneville

Clement Salvadori
September 15, 2009

photography by the author and Jason Critchell [This 2009 Triumph 50th Anniversary Bonneville Road Test was published in the 09/2008 issue of Rider magazine] Anniversaries (from the Latin anno, or year) are celebrated in different ways. The first, second, 25th, 50th, whichever, harkens back to an event,... Read more »

2009 Triumph Bonneville SE Road Test

2009 Triumph Bonneville SE

Bill Stermer
June 22, 2009

photography by Riles & Nelson [This 2009 Triumph Bonneville SE Road Test was originally published in the August 2009 issue of Rider magazine] 2009 Triumph Bonneville SE Just the other day I was lamenting how so many motorcycle companies seem to be playing the bigger/faster/more powerful game, introducing... Read more »

2009 Triumph Daytona 675 Road Test

A triple is not just an odd number of cylinders for cheekiness’ sake, it delivers a sweet spot experience.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 17, 2009

[This 2009 Triumph Daytona 675 Road Test was originally published in the May 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Middleweight sportbike development has been a fiercely competitive game of one-upmanship among the Japanese Big Four. Dictated in part by the rules of supersport racing, orthodoxy has converged... Read more »

2008 Kawasaki Z1000, Triumph Speed Triple and Yamaha FZ1 Road Test Comparison

2008 Yamaha FZ1, 2008 Kawasaki Z1000 & 2008 Triumph Speed Triple

Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2008

In my past life I was a scientist-specifically, a demographer who studied trends in human mortality (depressing, I know). Although my number-crunching days are behind me, my research background still comes in handy. To put these bikes-Kawasaki Z1000, Triumph Speed Triple and Yamaha FZ1-on a level playing... Read more »

2008 Triumph Speed Triple Road Test

2008 Triumph Speed Triple

Greg Drevenstedt
July 9, 2008

At the tender age of six, I went on my first motorcycle camping trip. Dad took my big brother and me on a 200-mile ride from Nashville to the Smoky Mountains. I was perched between Dad’s legs, hugging the tank, and Paul sat on the back. Kids nod off on long trips, so Dad used his belt to lash Paul... Read more »

2008 Triumph Rocket III Touring Road Test

Triumph Rocket III Touring left side

Rider Magazine
June 30, 2008

[this review of the 2008 Triumph Rocket III Touring was originally published in the April 2008 issue of Rider] You Triumph guys think you’re so clever. So it’s just a touring bike, eh? Like a Road King or Star Silverado? Yeah, right. Sorry, but there’s just no hiding that humongous... Read more »

2008 Triumph Street Triple Road Test

The Street Triple offers all the fun of the Daytona 675, in a more comfortable package.

Troy Siahaan
March 7, 2008

[This 2008 Triumph Street Triple Road Test was originally published in the November 2007 issue of Rider magazine] Clicking through the gears, I’m flanked by the Italian countryside. After a thorough rain shower the night before, the roads are clean, albeit a little slick in the shady portions.... Read more »

2007 Triumph Tiger 1050 Road Test

Forget what you know about the old Tiger, Triumph’s new cat is out of the bag and this time its purpose is clear—to be the perfect all-round street motorcycle.

Troy Siahaan
April 11, 2007

A trip to Spain could hardly be called a bad thing, especially when the mission is to ride a new motorcycle model like the 2007 Triumph Tiger 1050. But as the 14-hour flight to southern Espana finally came to an end, I looked out the window and my stomach started to churn. Above were dark, menacing clouds... Read more »

Triumph T100 Rebuild: Updating a Modern Classic

Kitted out with a few simple accessories, the T100 is ready for a backroad blast or an overnight ride.

Jerry Smith
August 20, 2006

story and photography by Jerry Smith By now, anyone under the age of 30 is sick to death of dinosaurs like me getting all nostalgic about the good old days, when riders in waxed-cotton jackets and cork-lined helmets laughed at danger, and motorcycles could be rebuilt by the side of the road with nothing... 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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