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Triumph Expands Tiger Explorer Line to Six Models for 2016

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Triumph’s full-size Tiger Explorer adventure bike line has been updated for 2016, with six models to choose from, three geared toward street riding (XR, XRx and XRt) and three toward off-road riding (XC, XCx and XCa). All are powered by the same liquid-cooled, 1,215cc in-line triple with shaft drive that now makes more horsepower and torque thanks to a new ...

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Triumph Revamps Bonneville Lineup for 2016

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Triumph has announced an all-new Bonneville lineup for 2016, with five models: the new Street Twin, the Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T120 Black, and the Thruxton and Thruxton R. All models feature new, more powerful engines, new chassis and suspension, and enhanced “classic” styling. The four-year, ground-up redevelopment project required an unprecedented amount of design, engineering and manufacturing, Triumph says. ...

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Rider Comparo: 2015 Ducati Scrambler vs. Triumph Scrambler

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Photography by Kevin Wing Most of the time, an awful lot of brainwork goes into researching the purchase of a new motorcycle. Facts, figures, statistics, capacity, performance, road manners and so much more all weigh in when answering that one key question: “What’ll she do?” However, pure function can sometimes take a back seat to preferred form when we choose a ...

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Middleweight Touring Cruisers: Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Star V Star 950 Tourer, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Triumph America LT

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Baggers, with their broad fairings and hard saddlebags, are popular these days, but classically styled cruisers with windshields and leather saddlebags have been mainstays of the touring world for decades. For this comparison test, we assembled a quartet of middleweight metric cruisers available from the factory as touring-ready models. All four are 2014 models (none will change for 2015 except ...

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2014 Triumph America LT

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BRITISH INVASION Although the reborn Triumph showed its first models at the Cologne, Germany, show in 1990, it wasn’t until 2001 that it resurrected the Bonneville, the storied marque’s best-known model. Later that year, Triumph introduced its first purpose-built cruiser, the America. They shared an engine platform—an air-cooled, carbureted 790cc parallel twin—but little else. The Bonneville’s 360-degree firing order was ...

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2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XRx and Tiger 800 XCx – First Ride Review

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photography by Alessio Barbanti and Paul Barshon In late 2010, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Triumph pulled the covers off two all-new middleweight adventure tourers, the street-oriented Tiger 800 and off-road-ready Tiger 800 XC, and a few weeks later it hosted a world press launch for both bikes in Barcelona, Spain. Impressed by their torquey in-line triple, sure-footed ...

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2015 Triumph Rocket X Limited Edition – First Look Review

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Launched in 2004, Triumph’s Rocket III, with its 2,294cc in-line triple, has held the title of the largest-displacement mass-production motorcycle for a decade. When we strapped our 2014 Triumph Rocket III Touring test bike to Jett Tuning’s dyno, it made a pavement-buckling 137 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel, at just 2,000 rpm. Read our 2014 Triumph Rocket III ...

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2015 Triumph Thunderbird Nightstorm Special Edition – First Look Review

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Triumph’s Thunderbird cruiser, powered by a convention-bucking parallel twin displacing 1,597cc, debuted for 2009, slotting between the Bonneville-based America and Speedmaster (both have a 865cc parallel twin) and the super-sized Rocket III (with its 2,294cc in-line triple). The Thunderbird’s accessory 1,699cc big-bore kit became standard equipment on spin-off models, including the blacked-out Thunderbird Storm, the muscle-cruiser Thunderbird Commander and touring-ready ...

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2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XR and XC – First Look Review

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Triumph’s Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC adventure tourers, introduced for 2011, impressed us with their torquey in-line triples, good handling and versatility, earning Rider’s 2011 Motorcycle of the Year award. The street-focused Tiger 800 had cast wheels (19-inch front, 17-inch rear), and the off-road-oriented Tiger 800 XC had spoked wheels (21-inch front, 17-inch rear), allowing buyers to choose the model ...

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Triumph Releases 2015 Special Editions

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Triumph Motorcycles has released a trio of Special Edition motorcycles for 2015, including the Bonneville T214 Land Speed Limited Edition, the 2015 Street Triple Rx Special Edition, and the Bonneville Newchurch Special Edition. The limited-edition Bonneville celebrating Johnny Allen’s 1956 land speed record set at the Bonneville Salt Flats was made to commemorate 100 years of land speed record setting ...

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