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Triumph Motorcycles

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Founded: 1885
Age: 135 years
Country: England
Website: www.triumph.com
Total models: 31
Active models: 16
Discontinued models: 15
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 models

Models
Produced
Variations
2002 - now
19
2009 - now
5
1959 - now
57
2004 - now
21
2003 - now
26
2005 - now
15
1994 - now
30
2019 - now
1
2002 - now
13
2007 - now
25
2019 - now
1
2003 - now
22
1950 - now
31
1952 - now
53
1972 - now
23

Discontinued models

Models
Produced
Variations
1996 - 2002
7
1997 - 1998
1
1967 - 2008
25
1998 - 2001
1
2014 - 2015
1
2002 - 2006
4
1994 - 1997
3
1993 - 2015
29
1993 - 2000
8
1973 - 1982
3
1968 - 1994
9
1982 - 1983
1
1982 - 1983
1
1999 - 2003
5
1972 - 1974
1

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