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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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Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Edition – First Look Review

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At the 10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, held October 12-14, 2014, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, Triumph Motorcycles unveiled the Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe Special Edition, which will be available in North America by the end of the year. The limited-edition Thruxton made its U.S. debut at The Ace Corner, a café racer-themed hospitality area sponsored by London’s ...

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Retrospective: Triumph T140 Bonneville 750: 1973-1988

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This 750 Bonneville had a pretty good run—under three entirely different managements. First was the traditional factory at Meriden, followed by the workers’ strike and the setting up of a genuine worker-owned cooperative, and finally the Les Harris Bonnies. It was, with constant upgrades over the years, the same bike, same frame, same engine, same name on the tank, and ...

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2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT and Commander – Road Test

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Triumph’s return has succeeded because the company is producing excellent motorcycles, from eager sportbikes to first-rate dual-sports to an exquisite line of modern classics. It’s also building cruisers, and its Bonneville-based customs have been best sellers. But it wasn’t until the introduction of the liter-class Thunderbird in 2009 that the cruiser lineup really made heads turn. In the tradition of ...

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2014 Triumph Motorcycles First Look Review

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On the heels of announced updates to the Bonneville, Thruxton and Scrambler for 2014, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Triumph Motorcycles introduced three new cruiser models (Thunderbird LT, Thunderbird Commander and America LT) and a special edition of its off-road-oriented middleweight adventure tourer, the Tiger 800XC SE. 2014 Triumph Thunderbird LT and Thunderbird Commander Both new models are ...

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2014 Triumph Rocket III Touring Road Test

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Bigger is better. Go big or go home. There’s no replacement for displacement. Super size me! We were using those phrases a lot about 10 years ago. Back then, a gallon of gas cost about a buck-fifty and the players in the cruiser market were battling to see who could build the biggest and baddest. Hot on the heels of ...

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Triumph Updates Bonneville, Thruxton and Scrambler for 2014

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Triumph has updated its line of modern classics—Bonneville, Thruxton and Scrambler—for 2014 with new color schemes, improved exhaust notes and an even better riding experience. “These updated bikes retain that iconic link to our heritage in terms of their conspicuous classical styling, yet are also superb examples of the innovation and attention to detail that go into every Triumph made,” ...

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