Classic Triumph Motorcycles

The 1960 Triumph T20s Tiger Cub

Tiger Cubs were often bought by teenagers to get to school and after-school jobs during the week and for offroad fun on weekends

Period Modified: Triumph Drag Bike

Launching a triumph drag racing motorcycle down the quarter mile takes a tremendous amount of concentration.

Steve Sullivan's 1975 Triumph Trident

A reader shares his winter project, a nicely restored Triumph Trident, which he bought several years ago.

Off-Street Cred: 1993-1998 Triumph Tiger 900

Comparing the Triumph Tiger 900 with the other big adventure bikes of its day, theBMW R100GS and Cagiva/Ducati 900 Elefant.

The Desert Sled: 1967 Triumph TR6C

Original and unrestored, this Triumph TR6C Trophy is a survivor after 52 years, but it still sees the road.

Bad Timing: Custom Triumph T110

A Triumph with a T110 engine is rebuilt for the Born Free show over a 10-month period.

Triumph Gone, But Not Forgotten

A reader talks about the 1978 Triumph T140V that he wishes he never sold for a Bonneville chopper.

Life is Good: 1966 Triumph TR6SR

Tom TeRonde rode his Triumph TR6SR for 20 years. Then it sat in boxes for 20 more. Thanks to the magicians at Retrospeed in Wisconsin, it’s alive once again.

British Bruiser: 2019 Triumph Speed Twin

The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin joins the ever-growing Bonneville family of Modern Classics on the 80th anniversary of the original model.

Word on the Street: 2019 Triumph Street Twin

Alan Cathcart rides the new 2019 Triumph Street Twin, the latest version of the revived Bonneville.

Record Breaker! Brooklands Triumph Speed Twin

The tale of two boarding school pals who aimed to break the Brooklands lap record in 1937 on a Triumph Speed Twin.

Bathtub Triumph: 1960 Triumph 5TA Speed Twin

U.S. buyers hated the Triumph 5TA’s controversial “bathtub” styling, but 60 years later there’s new appreciation for Triumph boss Edward Turner’s design.

Dann Spannraft’s 1966 Triumph TR6R

A new subscriber shares his 1966 Triumph TR6R.

British American: 1979 Triumph T140D Bonneville Special

Desperate for U.S. sales, Triumph introduced the custom-inspired T140D Bonneville Special, but it wasn’t special enough to save Triumph.

Local Hero: Percy Tait’s Triumph 500 GP Racer

Riding famous Triumph tester Percy Tait’s restored 1969 Triumph 500 GP racer.

Overlooked Opportunity: 1957 Triumph 200 Twin Prototype

Definitely a missed opportunity, this Triumph 200cc 2-stroke twin lives on thanks to Sammy Miller.

Beezer Behind the Badge: 1968-1970 Triumph Trophy 250

Comparing the Triumph Trophy 250 with its primary 250cc competitors.

Ready for Any Road: 2017 Triumph Street Scrambler

Alan Cathcart rides the grunty, brand-new 900cc 2017 Triumph Street Scrambler in Spain.

Triumph Riddles: 1963-1967 Triumph T120 TT Specials

How the memory of one 1966 T120 TT Special turned into collecting a full set of 1963-1967 Triumph T120 TT Specials.

The Grumph

A Wisconsin builder combines a Greeves frame with a Triumph T100S engine to create a road-legal street tracker.

Triumph Classic Motorcycles

A new take on an old favorite: Triumph Classic Motorcycles’ reborn Triumph twins.

Triumph Tribute

A simple conversation between two friends led to the creation of a GP racer replica tribute Triumph.

The Texas Ceegar

The untold story behind the famed Bonneville streamliner known as the Texas Ceegar.

2016 Triumph Street Twin: Birthday Bonneville

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

Garage Queen: Larry Orlick's 1976 Triumph Tiger 750

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

Triumph Motorcycles Best-Selling European Brand in North America

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

Twin-Engined Triumph Bonneville

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

Mile Eater: 1948 Triumph Speed Twin

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

The Triumph That Growls: 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.

Parabellum Scout Fairings for Hinkley Triumph Bonnevilles

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

Using Lead Additives in a Triumph TR6

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.

Triumph Bonneville Carburetors

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.

Triumph Trident 750 Clutch Nut Troubles

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

1971 Triumph F750

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

Tribute Triumph T120RV

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.

Race to Rebuild: Triumph Bonneville Bobber (Video)

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

Meriden’s Last Hurrah: 1983 Triumph TSS 8-Valve

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 46 Years Later

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

Stolen 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 Found 46 Years Later

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

Mac Products: Triumph Exhuast

New stuff for old bikes: 2-into-1 exhaust for Triumph twins from Max Products.

BSA Fury and Triumph Bandit: The Forgotten Twins

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.

Insider’s View: Randy Baxter on Triumph Tridents

Randy Baxter of Baxter Cycle in Marne, Iowa, gives his opinion on Triumph Tridents.

Classic Experience: Life with a 1974 Triumph Trident T150

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

Backfiring Problem: Triumph TR650

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

Buckle Up: Triumph 650

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

Triumph T140 E and Mikuni 34mm

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

Turner's Twin: The Triumph 5T

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

Triumph's First Twin: Triumph 6/1

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

Triumph T20M Cub Restoration

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

Triumph T100SS and an Energy Transfer System

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

1965 Triumph Bonneville Carburetor Problem

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

Triumph Motorcycle’s Turn Signals Not Blinking

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

1967 Triumph 650 with Electrical Problem

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

Joe Fischer’s 1971 Triumph T150 Trident

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

1952-1969 Triumph Tiger Cub: The Baby Bonnie

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

Classic Triumph Motorcycles to be featured at 2012 Barber Festival

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!

Triumph 650 Engines Head/Cylinder Compatibility

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

Start Me Up: 1973 Triumph Trident Consistent Starting Problems

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

1970 Triumph Bonneville Boyer Ignition Troubles

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

Real Life Wrenching: Triumph Bonneville Restoration Update

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.

Beginning a Triumph Bonneville Restoration

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

A Pristine 1976 Triumph 750 Bonneville

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

Vote for Triumph in Newsweek’s Mad Men Retro Issue

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 Tribute to Gary Nixon

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. 

1974 Triumph Trident at Maxton Monster Mile

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

Amal Carburetor Concerns in a 1970 Triumph Bonneville

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

1974 Trident Troubles

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.

Two Friends and a 1959 Triumph Tiger Cub

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

Triumph Demo and World’s Fastest Velocette at Bonneville Vintage GP

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.

Found on eBay: 1938 Triumph 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.  

Tim Nier's 1978 Triumph Bonneville 750 T140E

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

1978 Triumph T140V Bonneville Café Racer

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

1967 Triumph Bonneville: The Calm Before the Storm

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.

1967 Triumph T120 Bonneville

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

Restoring a 1970 Triumph TR6C

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

David Haydon's Triumph Thruxton Bonneville

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

The New Hyde Harrier Bonneville

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

Wheelie on a 1964 Triumph TR6

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

Oscar's Triumph Thunderbird

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

Found on eBay: 1978 Triumph Bonneville T140

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.

Found on eBay: 1971 Triumph Bonneville

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.

The 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.

Found on eBay: 1977 Triumph Bonneville Silver Jubilee Limited Edition

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.

1971 Triumph Bonneville T120R

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? 

1968 Triumph Trident T150

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.

2010 Bonneville GP CB160 is a go!

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.

Found on eBay: 1969 Triumph Trident

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?

1973 Triumph TR5T Trophy Trail 500

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

Found on eBay: 1978 Triumph Bonneville T140V Custom

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.

1973 Triumph Hurricane X75

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.

Found on eBay: 1956 Triumph Tiger 110 Custom

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.

Found on Ebay: 1964 Triumph T-100 Tiger

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.

Last Call for the Bonneville Vintage GP!

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.

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.

Custom Triumph Motorcycles from Southern Classic Customs

“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

The 2009 Triumph Bonneville SE is the best yet.

Tom Mellor’s record-breaking 1969 Triumph Trident T150

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. 

Found on eBay: 1973 Triumph Trident T150V

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

Found on eBay: 1982 Triumph Bonneville T140ES “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.”

1959 Triumph Speed Twin

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.

Found on eBay: 1982 Triumph Bonneville T140

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.

Old Beemers at Bonneville

Classic BMWs set records at Bonneville Salt Flats

The Triumph Quadrant

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

Found on eBay: 1970 Triumph T120R Bonneville with Dunstall kit

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.

Back from the track: 2008 Bonneville VintageGP

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.

Triumph's Last Days at Meriden

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

1982 Triumph Bonneville T140 ES

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.

Triumph T120RT Serial Numbers Available

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.

Legendary stuntman Bud Ekins makes his final jump

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

Triumph twins times three: Keith Martin's RPM cycle

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

Triumph T160 Trident

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

Origins of the Triumph Thruxton 900

The Triumph Thruxton Bonneville propelled Triumph to the winner's circle, and inspired the modern Thriumph café racer

The Triumph T140V Bonneville

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

1959 Triumph TR6 Trophy

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

Surgery, British style

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

Twin Engine Triumph at the 2014 Barber Vintage Festival

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

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