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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.

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 »

2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm Road Test

2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm left side action

Donya Carlson
June 9, 2011

  Except for a couple of small entry-level bikes from other makers, the parallel twins in Triumph’s cruisers make them unique among the current parade of V-twins. At 1,597cc, the engine in its big Thunderbird was also the world’s largest production parallel-twin. Was? For 2011 the U.K.-based... Read more »

2011 BMW F800R vs. Ducati Monster 796 vs. Triumph Street Triple R Road Test Comparison

Ducati Monster 796, Triumph Street Triple R, BMW F 800 R action

Rider Magazine
June 7, 2011

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2011 BMW F800R vs. Ducati Monster 796 vs. Triumph Street Triple R Road Test Comparison was originally published in the April 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Left to right: Ducati Monster 796, Triumph Street Triple R, BMW F800R in action. Gathered around the shiny, all-knowing... Read more »

2011 Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC Road Test

Triumph Tiger 800XC right side action offroad

Rider Magazine
June 7, 2011

photography by Paul Barshon and Alessio Barbanti [This 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC Road Test was originally published as a Ridden & Rated in the March 2011 issue of Rider magazine] With Metzeler Karoo knobbies fitted, the Tiger 800XC felt very maneuverable and capable off-road. The larger 21-inch... Read more »

2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster Road Test

2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster

Rider Magazine
August 6, 2010

story and photography by Mark Tuttle [This 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster Road Test was originally published in the August 2010 issue of Rider magazine] 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster Remember the scene in Blazing Saddles when the hulking, dim-witted thug Mongo (football star Alex Karras) rides into... Read more »

2011 Triumph Sprint GT Road Test

2011 Triumph Sprint GT

Rider Magazine
August 6, 2010

photography by Graeme Brown and Tim Keeton [This 2011 Triumph Sprint GT Road Test was originally published in the August 2010 issue of Rider magazine] The Highlands of Scotland, land of woolen plaid kilts, smoky single-malt whisky and William Wallace—the painted-face warrior played by Mel Gibson in... Read more »

2010 Triumph Scrambler Road Test

2010 Triumph Scrambler

Rider Magazine
May 26, 2010

photography by Rich Cox [This 2010 Triumph Scrambler Road Test was originally published in the July 2010 issue of Rider magazine] With a dual-sport, high-pipe style made famous by the likes of Steve McQueen, this TR6-influenced bike exudes cool. Since re-emerging from the ashes of Meriden, John Bloor’s... Read more »

2010 Triumph Motorcycles

2010 Triumph Thunderbird SE 1600

Rider Contributor
February 26, 2010

2010 Triumph Thunderbird SE 1600 Triumph says it will grow its motorcycle lineup from the existing 16 models in Cruiser, Urban Sport and Modern Classic model families to 23 bikes in seven families by the end of 2012, which includes categories in which it doesn’t currently compete. It also anticipates... 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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