1976 Triumph Tiger 750
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Often overshadowed, the single-carb Triumph Tiger 750 performed much like its big brother, the Bonneville.

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The first quarter of 2015 for Triumph Motorcycles America saw more than a 16 percent growth in retail sales over last year.

1974 Triumph Bonneville
Steve Pieratt’s 4-cylinder, 1,500cc 1974 Triumph Bonneville.

1948 Triumph Speed Twin
This 1948 Triumph Speed Twin has traveled approximately 17,477 miles, all without the engine ever having been fired.

1953 Triumph T100C Tiger
With a claimed 42hp, the hopped up Triumph T100C has a 10hp advantage over the standard T100 Tiger.

Pressure plate by Britech New England
New stuff for old bikes: Alloy pressure plate from Britech New England cures the Triumph clutch problems.

New stuff for old bikes: Scout Fairings for Hinkley Triumph Bonneviles from Parabellum.

Motorcycle Classics tech expert Keith Fellenstein
Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein answers the age old question of whether to use lead additives on an old bike like a 1970 Triumph TR6.

Motorcycle Classics tech expert Keith Fellenstein
Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein answers the question of which carburetors to use on a Triumph Bonneville.

1959 Triumph Bonneville
Details and stats of the 1959 Triumph Bonneville at the Barber museum.

Motorcycle Classics tech expert Keith Fellenstein
Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein discusses clutch nut adjustments on a 1973 Triumph Trident 750.

1071 Triumph Trident Production Racer
A 1971 Triumph F750 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Union Motorcycle Classics turned this 1972 Triumph T120RV engine and several boxes of parts into a Gary Nixon Tribute Triumph.

1970 Triumph Trident F750
A 1970 Triumph Trident F750 on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Triumph Bonneville
In 2010, the staff of Motorcycle Classics decided to turn a new Triumph Bonneville into a bobber.

Left-hand Side View of Triumph TSS
Only 112 Triumph TSS 8-valves were imported to the U.S. before Triumph closed its doors in 1983.

1971 Triumph Trident Production Racer
A 1971 Triumph Trident Production Racer on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Stolen 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 Returned
Donald DeVault’s 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 was stolen from his back yard in 1967.

1953 Triumph Tiger 100
Donald DeVault’s 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 was stolen from his back yard in 1967.

Mac Product's Triumph Exhaust
New stuff for old bikes: 2-into-1 exhaust for Triumph twins from Max Products.

Steve McQueen
The author details engine problems inherent in later models of the classic English motorcycle, as well his encounters with Hollywood legends Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood.

1971 350 BSA Fury
Planned for 1971, the double overhead cam 350cc twin BSA-Triumph Fury and Bandit never made it to production.

1948 Triumph Speed Twin
A 1948 Triumph Speed Twin on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Randy Baxter and Craig Vetter on an X75 Hurricane
Randy Baxter of Baxter Cycle in Marne, Iowa, gives his opinion on Triumph Tridents.

Keith Fellensteins Triumph Trident 150
Editor-in-chief Richard Backus borrows a lovely original 1974 Triumph Trident T150. Here’s what it’s like to live with one.

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein helps solve a backfiring problem with a Triumph TR650.

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein discusses the correct orientation of the seat straps on a 1967 Triumph 650.

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein helps a Triumph T140E driver find the correct jetting for Mikuni 34mm round-slide carburetors.

Triumph 5T
Edward Turner’s vertical twin, the Triumph 5T.

Triumph 650 Twin
Triumph’s first production vertical twin was not the Speed Twin; it was Valentine Page’s Triumph 6/1.

Triumph Cover
Join production tester Hughie Hancox on a 1960 test run of the Triumph Cub.

Harley In The Barn Cover
Vintage bike collector stumbles upon a 1970 Triumph Trophy in police deputy’s garage.

Triumph Cub
Restoration of a Triumph T20M Cub was Andy Granovsky’s most challenging project to date. 

Keith Fellenstein
Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein discusses the intricacies of ETC systems on Triumph T100SS Scramblers. 

Keith Fellenstein
Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves a carburetor problem on a 1965 Triumph Bonneville. 

Keith Fellenstein
Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein figures out inconsistent turn signals on a Triumph motorcycle.

Keith Fellenstein
Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves an electrical problem, a failed Zener diode, on a 1967 Triumph 650. 

Triumph T150 Trident
Joe Fischer enjoys riding his restored Triumph T150 Trident around his home in the Texas Hill Country.

Best bets on tomorrow’s classics: 1953-1969 Triumph Tiger Cub — The Baby Bonnie

1967 Triumph T120
Triumph motorcycles will be the featured marque at the Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Barber Vintage Bike Show at the 8th Annual Barber Vintage Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Guest judges include Barber’s own Brian Slark, motorcycle journalist and vintage racer Alan Cathcart, and helping with the Triumph class Triumph North America CEO Greg Heichelbech!

Motorcycle Classics tech expert Keith Fellenstein revisits head/cylinder compatibility on Triumph 650 engines, noting pushrod tube compatibility.

Motorcycle Classics tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves a inconsistent starting issue on a 1973 Triumph Trident.

Motorcycle Classics tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves more Boyer ignition troubles, this time on a 1970 Triumph Bonneville.

Jennifer Lankford talks about her motorcycle restoration project, rebuilding a vintage Triumph Bonneville. In this project update, she gets the chassis rolling, rebuilds the forks and begins to reassemble the wiring.

Triumph Parts
Jennifer Lankford begins restoration of a 1972 Triumph T120V basket case. Originally published as "Give the Gift of Restoration" in the Real Life Wrenching blog at

76 bonnevilee
Scott Horr's 1976 Triumph 750 Bonneville was a pristine garage find.

Triumph Motorcycles Mad Men Newsweek Retro Ad
In a nod to the hit cable series Mad Men, Newsweek has published a special Mad Men themed issue, complete with retro ads reflecting the 1960s lifestyle portrayed in the show. The issue includes retro-themed ads from the likes of Mercedes-Benz, AllState, Dunkin’ Donuts, Estee Lauder, Johnnie Walker and – wait for it – Triumph Motorcycles. Taking the fun one step farther, industry insider Ad Age Media has decided to run an online contest for the best ad, giving classic bikes fans a chance to vote for Triumph!

Jason DiSalvo with Nixon tribute Triumph
Latus Motors Racing is launching into the 2012 racing season with a tribute to the late Gary Nixon during the Daytona 200 weekend. The Nixon family will attend the weekend to see defending race winner Jason DiSalvo compete on a Triumph – with a paint scheme and leathers that features Nixon’s #9 – that is reminiscent of the Triumphs Nixon raced in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. 

Travelling With Mr Turner
Learn more about the compelling history of Triumph Motorcycles in "Travelling with Mr Turner."

1974 Triumph Trident
Neale Bayly breaks a land speed record at the Maxon Monster Mile aboard a 1974 Triumph Trident

Motorcycle Classics tech expert Keith Fellenstein solves an Amal carburetor problem in a 1970 Triumph Bonneville.

MC tech expert Keith Fellenstein addresses an ignition issue on a 1974 Trident.

1922 Triumph Motorcycle
1922 Triumph motorcycle on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1959 triumph tiger cub 1
Tom Foote and his friend, Jim, have shared some fun times on a 1959 Triumph Tiger Cub.

World's Fastest Velocette
Going to Miller? Here’s your chance to demo the latest Triumph motorcycles during the 6th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP, sponsored by Motorcycle Classics, Sept. 2-4, 2011. Triumph Motorcycles is bringing its semi full of the latest models, all you need to bring is a valid license and your riding gear! Plus, Australian team World’s Fastest Velocette plans to their 700cc Venom single, fresh from the BUB Speed Trials, at the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show.

speed twin
Listed with no reserve, this 1938 Triumph Speed Twin is a bike that rarely comes up for sale, and with a starting bid of just $4,000, there's a chance that somebody is going to get one heck of a deal.  

1978 triumph bonneville t140e
Tim Nier discusses owning and restoring his 1978 Triumph Bonneville 750 T140E.

1978 bonneville cafe racer 1
You might meet the nicest people on a Honda, but Adam Wright will tell you that the coolest café racers are still British.

bonneville catalog
Triumph didn’t know it then, but 1967 would be its best year ever in the U.S., where sales had been soaring since the Bonneville’s 1959 introduction.

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1967 was Triumph’s best year ever in the U.S., with an estimated 28,000 bikes sold here.

triumph tr6c 1
Curt Haring shares the story behind the restoration of his 1970 Triumph TR6C.

triumph thruxton 1
David Haydon was living in Canada when he heard about the Triumph Thruxton Bonneville through an England-based buddy.

harrier 1
The new Hyde Harrier Bonneville is in every way a 21st century take on a 1960s British café racer format.

1974 triumph tr6
Jerry Mueller popping a wheelie on his 1964 Triumph TR6 in 1971.

Triumph Thunderbird
Oscar Buenconsejo shares a photo of him riding an early-1950s Triumph Thunderbird.

We've  highlighted the Triumph T140 Bonneville on these pages before, and we'll do it again. This weeks' search of eBay found a slick 1978 T140 Bonneville that's just a couple of tweaks away from being in perfect riding condition.

This week's eBay find is a good looking T120 Bonneville. Complete with the original paint and chrome, the seller is quite confident that the 5,500 miles the odometer shows are original and correct. Running and ready to go, this could be a heck of a deal.

triumph t100
The Triumph T100 story begins in 1957, with Triumph’s introduction of the 348cc 3TA (“A” for unit construction) “Twenty-One” model, Triumph’s first twin with the transmission built in unit with the engine. Over the years, it has become one of the most popular classic Triumph motorcycles.

In a move only the British would try, Triumph produced a special anniversary edition Bonneville celebrating the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, then sold it both in the U.K. and the U.S.

Bonneville Build
As part of our Motorcycle Classics/Dairyland Cycle Insurance Bonneville Build, we knew from the beginning we'd want to do something with our 2010 Triumph Bonneville's stock instrument panel. While the stock setup is perfectly functional if even somewhat minimalist, it’s not minimalist enough for what we’re going for with our bobberized Bonneville. An integral element of our project was/is to alter the Bonneville's tallish stance and morph it into something low and lean. The stock gauge setup sits proud of the handlebars and angles back. That arrangement works fine for the stock Bonneville with its upright riding stance, but it wasn't going to cut it with our bike. Enter Seth Bernstein at D9 Brackets.

frp bonneville 11
The 1971 Triumph Bonneville was responsible for Triumph missing that year’s U.S. sales season, and it just about bankrupted the company. So how did South African tuner and racer Nev Fisher turn this Ugly Betty into a custom Triumph beauty queen? 

trident 1
Good press wasn't enough to make the 1968 Triumph Trident T150 the home run the company needed but this triple is recognized today as one of the most popular classic Triumph motorcycles.

CB160 Raffle Bike 2010
Tom Kullen, the moving force behind the annual Bonneville Vintage GP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, has announced the return of the CB160 Raffle Bike for the 2010 Bonneville Vintage GP. Presented by Motorcycle Classics, the Bonneville Vintage GP is heading into its fifth year, bringing with it the return of the popular CB160 Raffle, which took a hiatus last year thanks to the global economic slump.

Admit it: Sometimes eveyone needs a challenge. You can't always do the easy thing. Restoring this Trident would probably be what we like to call a "learning experience." But isn't it tempting just the same?

triumph tr5t 1
The Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500 isn’t a serious motorcycle, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad motorcycle, either.

Here in the Midwest we've gotten our first real snowstorm of the year, and the weather already has us wishing for warm spring days and curvy roads. While that ride may be just a dream for now, this custom Triumph Bonneville T140 seems like it would make the perfect dance partner.

triumph hurricane 1
The X75 Hurricane has been hailed as the first factory custom and the first cruiser. Its story is unique, and while it’s been told many times, its tellers have often gotten the facts wrong.

triumph t110 tiger
Though perfectly-restored stock bikes are lovely, around here we love seeing period customs that people still appreciate, ride and maintain. This 1956 Triumph T110 Tiger is a perfect example of a bike that's just too slick not to buy, ride and enjoy.

This week's searching led us to something that's becoming more and more rare: a nice, used Sixties Triumph that hasn't been fully restored.

CB160Racers - 1.jpg
The 4th Annual Bonneville Vintage GP is coming up fast, with a full roster of vintage racing at the super-cool Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, just west of Salt Lake City. We’ve been beating the drums for the Bonneville Vintage GP since it first launched back in 2006, and this will be our third year as presenting sponsor. This is a killer weekend of classic motorcycling, including AHRMA vintage motorcycle racing, the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and the Motorcycle Classics Classic Bike Show at Miller.

Author riding Triumph Scrambler
The retro Triumph Scrambler has the look of a late-1950s desert racer, but it's really a road bike — and quite a capable one.

special 1
“Bespoke.” A proper British word, it loosely translates to “custom-made.” But custom is a word that’s been thrown around so much that today, when applied to motorcycles, it just doesn’t carry the meaning it once did.

2009 triumph bonneville se 1
The 2009 Triumph Bonneville SE is the best yet.

It’s not every day you see a 1950 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn sailing along the high desert highway. But it was this unlikely rig that brought Tom Mellor, his wife, Diane, and their 1969 Triumph Trident T150 to the Bonneville Salt Flats last summer, where the Canadian rider set four new World Speed records on the 40th anniversary of the Trident’s first appearance in the summer of 1968. 

This week's eBay searching led us to one of the most well known of the British triples: The Triumph Trident. 

triumph royal wedding
Perusing bikes for sale on eBay is always an interesting experience. What we end up looking at clearly depends on our mood at the time. Some days, we find ourselves stuck on Ducatis, looking for an elusive Mike Hailwood Replica or maybe a cool little Ducati single we could turn into a neat little retro-rat bike. On others, we’re drawn to the Orient, thinking about how cool it’d be to have an early Yamaha 2-stroker. Today it was Triumph, and the bike that caught our attention was this very rare and somewhat odd 1982 Bonneville “Royal Wedding.”

triumph speed twin 2
If a bike’s impact on the industry and longevity in production are any measure of success, there are few designs that come close to Triumph’s 500cc Speed Twin.

This week an unusual Bonneville caught our eye. Showing just just 2,557 original miles on the odometer, this 1982 Triumph Bonneville 750 is ready to ride.

BMWs at Bonneville
Classic BMWs set records at Bonneville Salt Flats

triumph quadrant 1
A home-built version of Triumph's forgotten prototype, the Triumph Quadrant.

dunstall triumph
A Triumph Bonneville may be the most popular of classic bikes, but the addition of a nice cafe racer kit can make a great classic into a more unusual classic.

Best of Show Bonneville Vintage GP 2008
The 3rd Annual Bonneville VintageGP presented by Motorcycle Classics has come and gone. With absolutely perfect weather – blue skies, low winds and highs in the mid-70s – it was a knockout weekend of vintage racing. About 250 AHRMA competitors made the trek to the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, for two days of vintage racing, many of them showing up early so they could get a chance to take their bikes out on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats during the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials that were running before – and during – AHRMA racing at Miller.

Meriden 1
Lee Palser remembers his 1981 factory tour of the struggling Triumph workers' Co-op.

triumph bonneville t140 es 1
1982: It was the year of the Falklands’ War, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the death of John Belushi. It was also when, in March, Bill Sarjeant’s Triumph Bonneville T140 ES rolled off the production line at Meriden and made its way, Bill reckons, to British Motorcycles on Fraser Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

If you’re a Triumph fan, you might be familiar with the special batch of hopped up Bonnevilles that Triumph prepared in 1970, the T120RT. Triumph converted some 200 standard 650cc machines to 750cc for racing, and as the years have rolled by these have become increasingly valuable machines. Increased value equals increased interest, but unfortunately, there’s been nothing to keep an unscrupulous restorer from hopping up a standard Bonneville and passing it off as an RT. So how do you tell if you have a “real” RT? Unfortunately, a lack of official records has made that impossible – until now, as Motorcycle Hall of Fame Executive Director Mark Mederski tells us in the following note.

Bud and Betty
 Bud Ekins, the iconic stuntman who doubled for Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, dies at 77.

Meet Keith Martin, a Triumph specialist in Texas with three very different takes on Triumph's classic parallel twin.

T160 is a visual treat
Restyled and road-ready, the 1975 Triumph T160 Trident was the bike Triumph should have launched in 1968.

Thruxton then: a 1969 registered Triumph Bonneville
The Triumph Thruxton Bonneville propelled Triumph to the winner's circle, and inspired the modern Thriumph café racer

The Triumph T140V Bonneville is a great rideable classic and is much more affordable than its earlier counterparts.

Author riding Triumph TR6 Trophy, facing left
One look at the 1959 Triumph TR6 Trophy and it's no wonder Triumphs were the best-selling big bikes of the late 1950s.

Quick, I need a 5/16 Whitworth, STAT! And where, WHERE, are all our Ziploc bags?

1974 Triumph Bonneville
Richard Backus had the fortune of finding this twin-engined Triumph Bonneville at the 10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival.

Alan Cathcart rides the new 2016 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin on the roads of Spain.

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