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Rider Magazine’s 2016 Motorcycle of the Year

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Despite a shaky global economy, for the 2016 model year the world’s motorcycle manufacturers added more than 70 new models to the U.S. market. Very few were dropped, too, creating an unparalleled selection of new bikes from which to choose. Retro machines that are ripe for customization are trending this year, followed quite closely by bikes with rugged adventure styling ...

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2016 Triumph Street Twin – Road Test Review

Quick handling, light weight and good cornering clearance make the Street Twin an able companion in the corners.

In the 1960s and ’70s, Triumph sold more motorcycles in the U.S. than in the rest of the world combined. A great many of those bikes were the iconic Bonnevilles, which were launched in 1959 to commemorate Triumph’s 1956 world speed record. By the time the company closed its doors in 1983 and industrialist John Bloor bought the Triumph name, the ...

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2016 Triumph Thruxton R – First Ride Review

Despite its short wheelbase and aggressive fork angle, the Thruxton R never feels skittish; on the contrary it always seems to be well planted no matter the road condition.

Read our 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black review About the Thruxton: Take everything you just read about the T120, and toss it out the window. Despite the shared platform, the same engine and even an identical radiator, these are two completely different animals. Each bike is focused at totally different riders, with engineering aimed to showcase varying and disparate performance ...

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2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black – First Ride Review

2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black

Hustling the new 2016 Triumph T120 through blustery ocean breezes somewhere east of Cabo da Roca—the westernmost point of continental Europe—I had to admit: They absolutely nailed it. As the prodigious torque easily pulled me through endless coastal bends on highway N247, the steel-tubed chassis just soaked it all up, with just enough bounce at either end to remind me ...

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2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer XCa – First Ride Review

Triumph brings stellar credentials to the ever-growing adventure-touring category with a whole family of bikes that perform extremely well off-road and for sport-touring too. (Photography by Alessio Barbanti, Matteo Cavadini & Paul Barshon)

Today’s adventure-touring segment already offers a dizzying selection, to which Triumph now adds a whole family of next-generation 2016 Tiger Explorers. Three focus on street riding (XR, XRx and XRt), and two XC versions gear up for off-road adventure (XCx and XCa). The mid-level XRx and XCx models can be equipped with shortened suspension and an adjustable low seat (30.9 ...

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2016 Triumph Tiger Sport – Not (Yet) for U.S. Consumption

2016 Triumph Tiger Sport

The Tiger name has a long history at Triumph, with early models dating back to the 1930s. In the modern Hinckley era, Tigers have been adventure bikes, starting with the Tiger 900 that debuted in the U.S. for 1994 with a 19-inch front wheel, spoked rims and long-travel suspension. By 2007 Triumph had abandoned off-road pretense in favor of a ...

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2016 Triumph Speed Triple R – First Ride Review

2016 Triumph Speed Triple R

Triumph’s Speed Triple has always been more Sex Pistols than Rolling Stones, more rebellious punk rock than mainstream rock-’n’-roll, a streetfighter that has been offered in such in-your-face colors as Nuclear Red (hot pink) and Roulette Green (think fluorescent antifreeze). But like most hellraisers, the Speed Triple eventually grew up. (It turns 22 this year, old enough to buy its ...

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2016 Triumph Street Twin | First Ride Review

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Photography by Alessio Barbanti and Matteo Cavadini At Milan’s EICMA Show last November (2015), Triumph presented five new parallel-twin motorcycles powered by all-new liquid-cooled engines—one 900cc model, and four 1,200cc big twins. These collectively represent the next generation of its iconic Bonneville family of retro models, one of the core products of its model lineup. Read about updates to Triumph’s ...

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Interview: Stuart Wood, Triumph’s Head of Engineering

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John Bloor himself aside, Triumph’s head of engineering Stuart Wood, 51, is almost certainly its longest serving employee, a 28-year company veteran who joined the design team in 1987, three years before the appearance of the first three- and four-cylinder models bearing the revived British brand’s historic badge. He was there when the born-again Bonneville made what for many customers ...

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Triumph Announces U.S. Pricing for New Bonneville Models

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Triumph Motorcycles announced the pricing of the new Bonneville range during the global Street Twin press ride on Tuesday. The five new models—Street Twin, Bonneville T120, Bonneville T120 Black, Thruxton and Thruxton R—were launched in London and then showcased for the first time at EICMA, Milan. All five new Bonneville models have been developed from the ground-up and are powered ...

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