The motorcycle should have disappeared with the advent of the inexpensive automobile, because Henry Ford's Model T usurped the motorcycle's position as a primary form of utilitarian transportation, but a funny thing happened on the way to extinction: the motorcycle not only survived but thrived. Enough people were enamored of the thrill and beauty of the two-wheeled mechanical beast to ensure it would continue to exist indefinitely. And exist they have! Many of the motorcycles manufactured during the past century truly fit the description of "classic," and many consider these machines works of art.
Written by noted motorcycle author Patrick Hahn, Classic Motorcycles presents the history of motorcycling as told through the most significant, iconic, classic motorcycles of all time, with both period photography and modern portrait photography. All the best domestic and international makes are represented here, from BMWs, Indians, and Triumphs to Vincents, Ducatis, and Harley-Davidsons: the most classic models. You'll drool over the 1933 Matchless Silver Hawk, and you'll want to tear out the page displaying the 1956 Triumph Thunderbird and frame it. Each motorcycle was shot in a studio setting using photographer Tom Loeser's light-painting technique. Period ads and relevant historic photos and documents are spread throughout the book to supplement the portraits of the bikes, evoking a sense of time and place. Prepare to be in awe of the undeniably classic motorcycles in this collection. It's the only motorcycle history you'll need.
Author: Pat Hahn
Take an authoritative, thorough and heavily illustrated look at Triumph motorcycles, from beloved classics to popular new models!
What do Marlon Brando, James Dean, Steve McQueen, Bob Dylan, and Arthur Fonzarelli all have in common? All of these men define the very essence of cool, and all have owned Triumph motorcycles.
Originally formed as a bicycle company in 1885, in 1902 Triumph produced its first motorcycle, which was simply a bicycle fitted with a Belgian Minerva engine. From there, the company, in various iterations, went on to build some of the most iconic motorcycles of all time.
For the first time ever, The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles 1937-Today collects all of the motorcycles from this iconic brand in a single volume. Written by respected Triumph expert Ian Falloon, all of the major and minor models are covered, with an emphasis on the most exemplary, era-defining motorcycles, such as the Thunderbird, Tiger, Trophy, Bonneville, and new machines such as the Speed Triple, Thruxton, and Daytona 675.
The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles 1937-Today will also feature important non-production models and non-factory racing and speed-record-setting motorcycles that have become integral parts of Triumph's stellar reputation. This is a book no Triumph fan will want to be without!
Author: Ian Falloon
This is a meticulously detailed history of the Triumph Bonneville, its antecedents, how it came about, and year-by-year production changes, with detailed technical specifications and contemporary road test reports showing how the Bonneville compared with its rivals. All this is covered here, plus details on how Triumph spares producer Les Harris took over production into the late '80s. Unlike other Bonneville books, this one also tells you how to buy one of these iconic bikes secondhand, all the pitfalls to avoid, what to look for, and what they are really like to live with.
Author: Peter Henshaw
The Triumph Trophy Bible is the complete year-by-year history of the Trophy (and unit construction Tiger) twins from 1949 to 1983. It includes original factory model photos, technical specifications, color schemes, engine and frame numbers, model type identification, and details of Trophy and Tiger achievements. As a longtime employee at Triumph's Meridian factory, Harry Woolridge shares his knowledge and expertise to provide the complete source book for Triumph Trophy owners and enthusiasts.
Author: Harry Woolridge
The Triumph Bonneville has been one of motorcycling’s most enduring British icons. The name comes from the Utah salt flats, where a streamlined twin-cylinder Triumph captured the World Motorcycle Speed Record in 1956. In 1959, the first Bonneville, the T120, appeared, and the Bonneville name would remain a revered badge of motorcycling honor for the following three decades. This elegant, picture-lavish book, featuring Bonnevilles specially photographed in a studio setting, pays tribute by showing all the classic models in exquisite photographic detail, accompanied by expert commentary. A visual feast for all Bonneville enthusiasts.
Author: J. Mann, M. Duckworth
As popular as the Triumph twins were in the '60s and '70s, they are quite possibly more popular now. This book offers complete start-to-finish assembly and restoration sequences on two Triumph twins, a 1963 Bonneville and a 1969 Bonneville. Also included is the start-to-finish assembly of the 1969 engine and transmission. Rather than try to describe the miniscule differences that often separated one year from another, this book offers a color gallery with left- and right-side views of all significant models from 1959 to 1970. With more than 450 color photos, Triumph Motorcycle Restoration offers 144 pages of hard-core how-to help for anyone who wants to repair or restore their own Triumph twin.
Author: Timothy Remus & Garry Chitwood
This is a comprehensive, visual history of the motorcycles from Britain that were bred in the US and Canada. Tuck in with Triumph Motorcycles in America and get ready for the ride of a lifetime.
Triumphs have been part of North America’s motorcycling soul since long before World War II. Born in Britain but bred in the US and Canada, Triumph’s iconic models—Scrambler, Bonneville, Trophy, Thunderbird, Daytona, Tiger, Speed Twin, Speed Triple, and Rocket III—resonate deeply with enthusiasts who love their style, sound, performance, and undeniable coolness. It’s not coincidental that Triumph was Steve McQueen’s favorite ride.
Triumph Motorcycles in America is packed with thorough, entertaining text, plus hundreds of historical images, most of them in color and never before published. This incredible volume of history and culture was written by award-winning professional journalist and lifelong Triumph fanatic Lindsay Brooke, with a foreword by America’s favorite “Triumph guy,” Peter Egan. Don't think twice about it, Triumph Motorcycles in America is a must-have for every fan of Britain’s most legendary bike brand.
Author: Lindsay Brooke & David Gaylin
Ultimate Triumph Collection presents nearly 80 perfect Triumphs, from early singles to an immaculate Speed Twin, from an iconic 1953 Blackbird to a pair of 1970 Bonnevilles, all belonging to one man.
What started as a restoration project on an old motorcycle 20 years ago grew into a small collection of nice Triumphs. For most men that would have been enough. For Bobby Sullivan, those first few bikes only served to whet his appetite. With a single-minded focus, Bobby started to buy not just bikes, but the parts needed to restore those bikes. Thus the collection grew, from 10 bikes to 15, and from 15 to 50. As it grew in size, it also grew in quality and depth. First it was Bonnevilles and TR6s. Next came the hard-to-find TT and C models. Twenty some years after restoring that first Triumph, Bobby Sullivan found himself the proud owner of more than 100 Triumphs - and nearly 80 of those perfect restorations are presented here.
The meat of this book is the photos of those very bikes, presented one bike per page, each with a short caption. Photos need context; collections aren't built in a vacuum. Chapters one and two provide a history of both the collection and the man who built it. Most collections contain a few gems, and those bright diamonds fill the final chapter: The T110 with Swallow side car, the ultra rare 350cc 3H, the '38 Speed Twin, and the new first-year Bonneville.
Ultimate Triumph Collection is an inside look at one man's obsession - one man's successful quest to assemble and own the world's best personal collection of the world's most beautiful motorcycles.
Author: Timothy Remus