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Triumph Motorcycles

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Founded: 1885
Age: 135 years
Country: England
Website: www.triumph.com
Total series: 40
Active series: 10
Discontinued series: 30
Triumph Motorcycles were designed and devised by two Germans. The craftsmanship of the motorbikes were so perfect that it has been craved by a huge number of motorcycle fans. The power, the looks, the design are its distinguishing characteristics. It has remained in the market and still remains in the hearts of million for longer periods than other motorbikes. The Triumph played a major role in the both the world wars because of its excellent design and intricate craftsmanship. To own a bike that has contributed to the world wars is certainly thrilling and the power it gives you on the road can not be comparable. The design with its comfortable seating arrangement, supple suspension and tractable torque engine ensures you fresh for the rest of the day in spite of a long ride. Triumph Motorcycles have always attracted news for its quality of performance, for its amazing centre of gravity and stylish handle grabs. he riding position secures the rider to take a swing at the horizon and have an adventurous trip.

Active series

Series
Produced
Variations
2020
1
1963 - 2020
106
1966 - 2020
52
2004 - 2020
35
2006 - 2020
16
1937 - 2020
55
1994 - 2020
38
2008 - 2020
43
2004 - 2020
27
1954 - 2020
145

Discontinued series

Series
Produced
Variations
1957 - 1966
10
1947 - 1950
4
1966
1
1996 - 2001
5
2003 - 2016
17
1971
1
1999 - 2001
3
2003 - 2016
14
1995 - 2016
30
1996
1
1962 - 1983
34
2002 - 2003
2
1959 - 1969
11
1959 - 1962
8
1977 - 1981
3
1979
1
1998
1
1998
1
1953 - 1956
4
1995 - 2019
44
1958 - 1959
4
1962 - 1969
8
1971 - 1983
14
1968 - 1998
18
1970 - 2017
31
1982 - 1983
2
1982 - 1983
2
2000 - 2003
4

Company timeline

1884
  • S. Bettmann & Co. Import Export Agency is founded, dealing in bicycles and sewing machines
1886
  • Name changes to Triumph Cycle Company
1887
  • Name changes again to New Triumph Co. Ltd, company gets funding from Dunlop
1889
  • Convinced by a new partner joining New Triump the company aims at producing motorcycles as well
1902
  • First motorcycle with a Minerva engine
1904
  • Triumph begins building bikes according to own design
1914
  • WWI boosts company as supplier of the Trusty Triumph to the Allies
1923
  • Production of first car
1933
  • Founder Bettman retires after financial hardships of the company
1936
  • Company splits into motorcycle and car production entities
  • First bike export to the United States
1940
  • Coventry Blitz destroys factory
1942
  • New plant is established
1951
  • Triumph is sold to BSA
1959
  • Production of first scooter starts, Triumph Tigress (also called BSA Sunbeam)
1969
  • Triumph wins Isle of Man Production TT race with Bonneville
1972
  • BSA group goes bankrupt
  • Government aid merges company into NVT (Norton Villiers Triumph)
1977
  • Meriden worker's co-operative buys rights to Triumph with government loans, and is known as Triumph Motorcycles (Meriden) Ltd
1978
  • NVT goes defunct
1983
  • Triumph Motorcycles Ltd goes bankrupt, but is bought by John Bloor and reestablished as Bonneville Coventry Ltd
1985
  • Company begins work on new prototype models
1987
  • First new engine is completed
1991
  • Production of first Hinckley Triumph (factory is in Hinckley, Leicestershire)
2000
  • Company breaks even after 1983 and later investments
2002
  • Fire destroys large parts of the construction facility, but is rebuilt 6 months later
  • Opening of sub-assembly factory in Thailand
2006
  • Opening of second factory in England
2007
  • Opening of third factory
2011
  • John Bloor's son (Nick) takes over as CEO
2017
  • Triumph opens visitor centre with factory tour and memorabilia
2020
  • Announcement to move majority of production to Thailand