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What do James Bond, 8,400 gallons (31797 liters) of Coca-Cola, and motorcycles have in common?  We’ll let you in on the secret, but we’ll just say upfront that we don’t recommend this recipe for the daily derring-do’s.  ScreenRant states that Cary Joji Fukunaga’s new Bond film, christened “No Time To Die,” features some pretty amazing stunts …

Starting next year, the FIM Supersport World Championship will be adding more models to the list of homologated motorcycles that participate in the championship. The Supersport class has acted as the official support race to WorldSBK since 1999, but the changing landscape of the middle-weight segment has prompted Dorna and the FIA to make some …

wBW, Meet the ruggedly handsome 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR; a track-focused, modern cafe racer with the garb of a gent and the heart of a troublemaker.  Triumph released the Speed Triple RS‘s sibling early this morning with a press release that showed the partially-fairinged beastie in proper style.  Let’s take a quick look …

Triumph has just relieved that they’re cooking up a new Tiger for the showroom – and the release date is only a few months away.  Let’s get into it.  UK’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, according to their website, is currently in the testing phase of a final prototype that will not only set spec records for …

Crafted sophistication, focused performance, and functional beauty.  The Triumph Speed Triple stands for all of these things – and now, the UK-based manufacturer is giving us an extra letter in the alphabet with the teaser for their RR prototype.  Let’s take a look at the stats of the 20210 model for comparison.  The 2021 Triumph …

Triumph has become the official sponsor of the 1000 Dunas – and the partnership will guarantee quality bikes to the participants of the world’s safest desert-based motorcycle venture.  Since March 2020, the earth has been changing, adapting, and rebalancing. In a world where nothing is guaranteed, it’s a relief to know that riders still have …

Next up on our voyage through the decades, we arrive at the 1990s. While the 80s was a decade of innovation and excitement, the party really got started in the 90s. If you were a young and impressionable youth with a taste for high-speed thrills, jaw-dropping lean angles, and a penchant for general mischief, then …

Test rides can be a bugger to get a hold of when coming out of restrictions. Sure, you’ve got your eyes set on that beauty of a peanut tank online…but whether or not it’s available to demo at your local dealership is another matter altogether.  In light of this annoyance, Triumph is integrating itself into …

Triumph has just announced they’re working on a series of off-road competition motorcycles – and who better to contribute than off-road championship giants Ricky Carmichael and Ivan Cervantes? The all-new competition-level MX and Enduro bikes are currently under development and will purportedly ‘bring all of Triumph’s engineering expertise to riders and racers worldwide.’ Question is, …

A brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Touring will cost you about $200,000 US (~$250,000 Canadian dollars) out the door.  That is a lot of cheddar even for this beautiful piece of German automotive engineering. I certainly appreciate the marvelous collection of performance, power, and luxury this fine automobile offers… but there ain’t NO WAY I’d …

ABOVE & BELOW: 1977 Triumph Bonneville T140V was essentially carried over from ’76, as would be the practice from now on. Budget constraints were choking the company and it’s products. This one is in the Polychromatic Blue and Cold White paint scheme. FOCUSING ON ONE MODEL As the 1977 model year opened, the Meriden Co-op …

SHORT MODEL YEAR The 1974 Triumph Bonneville was built in very low numbers. It was a very odd year in Triumph Bonneville history. Angry workers hearing of the impending shutdown of the Triumph Motorcycles plant at Meriden, shut it down themselves in protest, in October 1973 just as production was being switched from 1973 models …

ABOVE: The 1976 Triumph Bonneville is the first to adopt left-side shift. Note shifter coming out of primary case. SPANISH AMALS? Engine mods were few. A new muffler set were now almost cylindrical reverse-cones (very little taper) & noise reduction revisions. The twin 30mm Amal Concentric carburetors were now being produced by the company’s Spanish …

1960 TRIUMPH TWENTY-ONE HAS BATHTUB STYLING. The British home market had been hungry for cheap transportation after WWII, and commuter motorcycles helped fill that role. But England being…well, England, was wet and rainy and to prevent rust an owner needed to wipe his bike down each night after getting home from work. This was a …

INTRODUCING THE 1938 TRIUMPH SPEED TWIN It’s hard to overstate the significance of the introduction of this bike. Until the moment of its launch, just about every British motorcycle manufacturer was producing mostly big air cooled pushrod singles, but as displacement and performance grew, so did engine vibration. They’d reached the single’s practical limits at …

1947 TRIUMPH 3T DELUXE BACKGROUND Triumph production reverted to civilian machines in 1946, following the end of World War II. The biggest market that the British motorcycle industry needed to fill was the pressing need for cheap, economical transport to-and-from-work. In response, Triumph announced the new 3T, a 350cc companion to Edward Turner’s 500cc 5T …

1959 TRIUMPH TWENTY-ONE HAS BATHTUB STYLING. The British home market had been hungry for cheap transportation after WWII, and commuter motorcycles helped fill that role. But England being…well, England, was wet and rainy and to prevent rust an owner needed to wipe his bike down each night after getting home from work. This was a …

1946 TRIUMPH 3T BACKGROUND As Triumph production reverted to civilian machines immediately after the end of World War II, the company announced the new 3T, a 350cc companion to Edward Turner’s 500cc 5T Speed Twin. The 3T was similar in many respects to the Speed Twin, but also borrowed features from the TRW and 3TW …

1961 TRIUMPH TWENTY ONE HAS BATHTUB STYLING. The British home market had been hungry for cheap transportation after WWII, and commuter motorcycles helped fill that role. But England being…well, England, was wet and rainy and to prevent rust an owner needed to wipe his bike down each night after getting home from work. This was …

THE 1973 TRIUMPH X75 HURRICANE As an interesting aside to the Triumph Trident / BSA Rocket 3 story is the X75 Hurricane. Having insisted on a slightly different 3-cylinder engine from the Triumph’s, BSA wanted to make an impression and show their dealers something exciting for a change, and something that Triumph couldn’t match. There …

MY 1979 TRIUMPH T140D BONNEVILLE SPECIAL I own a ’79 T140D myself. It’s pictured above, on display at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel CA in 2011. The day after this show I rode it in the Quail Ride, which took us through the hills around Carmel. It happened to be my birthday, and what …

1977 Triumph Bonneville Silver Jubilee US-Market Version ABOVE & BELOW: The US-spec version of the 1977 Triumph Bonneville Silver Jubilee had a typical US-style teardrop tank. (Pictures courtesy of MidAmerica Auctions.) CELEBRATING A QUEEN Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of England in 1952. 1977 was the 25th, or Silver Anniversary of her coronation and the …

When it comes to late-night stories around the campfire, the best narrators are typically the ones with the most experience.  And after spending time in the U.S. Airforce in the 1960s, a man by the name of Edward Gleason has a fun tale to tell of his time in Tennessee as a young military technician. …

The last week of March 2021 saw Triumph Hinckley announce ‘phase 2’ of their hush hush, cloak and dagger, top secret electric bike project. And unlike some other manufacturers who will remain nameless, it doesn’t seem to be all blue sky, smoke and mirrors. So should you get all excited and start selling your hard-mined …

Triumph Has a New App to Keep You Safe on the Roads Using the internal accelerometers and sensors located in your smartphone’s internals, Triumph’s new “SOS” mobile app states that it will sense if you have been involved in a collision, and will send an ambulance to your GPS location. If the phone is triggered …

The Final Piece to the Asian Market Puzzle In the short amount of time that the Trident has been available for purchase, it has already cemented itself as a brand favorite when it comes to riders seeking an intermediate motorcycle manufactured by a British OEM. The Trident’s sales have been steady – meaning the naked …

The 1950s was an interesting decade for the motorcycle industry. As countries began to show signs of economic improvement after the devastation of World War II, motorcycle manufacturers could begin to innovate in new directions. While affordable mobility was still an important part of a motorcycle’s design, the humble motorcycle was slowly being replaced by …

The Fully British Project Is Nearing The Half-Way Point News about Triumph’s TE-1 electric motorcycle has been circulating since early 2019 when they initially announced the big undertaking. However, since then, things have been relatively quiet regarding the project until recently. The British motorcycle manufacturer has been easing their way closer to their project completion …

Triumph is making a splash into 2021 with their most recent evolutions of the Bonneville lineup. Unlike previous years, Triumph has taken it upon themselves to blow some fresh air into the timeless lineup through tons of updates ranging from tech to performance; and even have a new addition to the family with the introduction …

The 1940s was a particularly turbulent decade in world history, dominated by the Second World War causing widespread destruction all over the globe. As the Allies and Axis powers battled in different theatres, the world’s largest industrial manufacturers were forced to support the war effort in whatever way they could, and a wave of innovation …

2021 Bonnevilles Have Tease-Worthy Updates Triumph has their newly updated lineup of Bonneville motorcycles ready for the 2021 model year! The British motorcycle manufacturer just released a teaser video to their youtube account and has a section of their official website dedicated to the teaser. The Bonneville is a staple in the Triumph lineup and …

Britain’s Favorite Scrambler Meets the Desert According to Rideapart, the US EPA had some certification documents submitted by Triumph that hint at a “Sandstorm” version of the Street Scrambler 900 that could be on its way for the 2022 model year.  When looking into Triumph’s recent track record, we can see in 2020 they named …

A reader over at the (very important) MCN blog has sent in some photos of the fresh and upcoming Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS. These photos come in perfect timing, as I just covered Triumph’s official teaser for the motorcycle last week. The official teaser video that Triumph put out recently was perfect and left …

“The Revolution is Coming” Triumph has been a little bit behind schedule when it comes to 2021 model unveilings, but it appears now that decision was for the better. Good things sometimes come late, and the new 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS is certainly a good thing.  Up until this point, we had a …

Britain’s Heavyweight Cruiser: The Triumph Rocket 3 R Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The enormous, heavyweight Rocket 3 cruiser has been a stable in the Triumph Motorcycles stable since it first rolled onto the scene in 2004. It’s big, bold, boisterous, and back again as part of the 2021 Triumph line-up. It’s …

Road-focused Adventure Machines: The Triumph Tiger 1200 XR Line Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The Triumph Tiger 1200 XR line remains a crucial part of the 2021 Triumph line-up. The small-sub range of British-made adventure motorcycles hasn’t received much in the way of updates since 2018, and the same is true for …

Unlimited Adventure: The 2021 Triumph Tiger 1200XC Range Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The Triumph Tiger 1200 XC remains a crucial part of the 2021 Triumph line-up. While it hasn’t experienced any upgrades from previous years, this classic British-made adventure motorcycle continues to impress in whatever form it takes. Within the Tiger …

Triumph’s Top-Shelf Triple: The 2021 Triumph Speed Triple RS Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The Triumph Speed Triple RS is the top of the range naked roadster from Triumph Motorcycles. Thanks to a number of impressive tweaks from Triumph, the Speed Triple RS claims to be the most powerful, responsive, and best …

Triumph’s Heavyweight Naked: The 2021 Triumph Speed Triple S Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The Triumph Speed Triple S is a British-made heavyweight naked roadster, and one of the most recognizable motorcycles in the 2021 Triumph line-up. It’s a versatile ride that can adjust its temperament to a wide range of situations. …

Triumph’s Class-leading Naked Streetfighter: The Street Triple RS Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The Street Triple RS is one of the most exciting models in the 2021 Triumph line-up. It’s a sharp naked streetfighter that’s designed for high-speed thrills, on and off the track. The Street Triple range has been a staple …