TRIUMPH HERITAGE

Through the Fifties and Sixties, names such as Steve McQueen and Elvis Presley cemented the Triumph legend, while numerous land speed records and race track successes gave bikes like the Thunderbird, Bonneville, Tiger and Trident iconic status.

Currently Triumph is a strong player in the World Wide motorcycle market, the Hinckley based factory is pumping out record numbers per year with no plans on slowing down.

1902

The first Triumph motorcycle is produced, powered by a 2.2hp Minerva engine and subsequently known as No. 1.

1907

A new 450cc motor making 3.5 hp is produced. As annual production reaches 1,000 units, the factory moves main production to a larger site on Priory Street in Coventry.

1915

Triumph is chosen to supply the Type H ‘Trusty’ motorcycle for Allied military service. Of 57,000 manufactured, 30,000 of the 499cc air cooled single cylinder bikes see active service.

1927

The Coventry factory, now standing at 500,000 sq ft and employing 3000 people, produces 30,000 units per annum.

1936

Triumph’s car and motorcycle businesses are split. Edward Turner is appointed as chief designer.

1937

Turner unveils the 498cc Speed Twin (T100) that has a top speed of over 90 mph. It is the definitive British motorcycle and establishes a pattern for Triumph bikes that will last more than 40 years.

2009

Triumph takes its first journey in the ‘R’ sector with the launch of the Street Triple R. Higher specification braking and suspension elevates the class-leading package to new heights.

2010

Triumph Hinckley’s first belt driven bike, the Triumph Thunderbird, a 1600cc parallel-Twin is launched and brings Triumph’s reputation for handling and engineering excellent to the mainstream cruiser market. The bike impresses US magazine Cycle World enough to vote it as their ‘Cruiser of the Year’.

2011

Triumph launches the Tiger 800 & 800XC, Speed Triple, Daytona R, America, Speedmaster and Thunderbird Storm. The greatest number of launches in any year for Triumph.

2012

110 years of motorcycle manufacturer is celebrated with a host of new bike launches. The Tiger Explorer, a 1215cc shaft driven adventure bike makes waves in the growing adventure sector. The same engine is used to power Triumphs new Trophy. To round off a busy year, there are major updates to the 675cc Street Triple and Daytona platforms. Sales reach 50,000 units, supported by the opening of a new subsidiary in Brazil.

2014

Triumph takes over the 800cc adventure market with the realise of the Tiger 800 XCx and XCr models. These models feature new triple engines with 17% better fuel efficiency as well as 42 added and improved components. This soon became one of Triumph’s best selling models worldwide with famous personel such as Bear Grills, Richard Hammond and more getting behind the model.

2016

Triumph hit 2016 with massive hype with the realise of the ‘Bonneville Reborn’ range, taking the classic models from a 865cc air cooled engine to a 1200cc liquid cooled power plant in the Bonneville T120, Thurxton & ThruxtonR. Triumph also updated the famous Speed Triple with the Speed Triple S & Speed Triple R. The Tiger Explorer also going under the knife with a new range featuring 6 different variants pushing the it to one of the leaders for its class.

2017

Triumph is planning on a busy 2017, in late 2015 Triumph announced they plan on realising an extra 25 new models and revamps over the next five years. 2017 is set to see more of these models hit the showrooms and expand Triumphs share in the Global Market.
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