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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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2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC Review

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When Triumph introduced its Tiger 800 and 800XC for 2011 and Tiger Explorer for 2012, the British manufacturer clearly wanted a slice of the rapidly growing adventure-touring market, with its sights set primarily on BMW’s popular GS line. The Tiger 800/XC compete head-to-head with the BMW F 650 GS and F 800 GS, respectively, and the Tiger Explorer competes with ...

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Carpenter Racing’s 240hp Triumph Rocket III Roadster for Sale

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Two-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion Bob Carpenter is now selling his 240rwhp Triumph Rocket III performance package in new 2013 Triumph Rocket III motorcycles. The Carpenter Racing engine kit boosts the stock 2300cc Triumph Rocket III Roadster from 146bhp to 240+rwhp and is fully streetable for daily commuting. This street performance package has proven itself at the race track ...

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2013 Sport-Touring Comparison Test: BMW K1600GT, BMW R1200RT, Kawasaki Concours 14, Triumph Trophy, Yamaha FJR1300

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Sport touring, a hybrid category that blends the performance of sportbikes with the comfort of touring bikes, takes many forms. Some add a taller windscreen, bar risers and soft luggage to their GSX-R, while others bevel the pegs and scrape the belly pan on their Gold Wing. Between these two extremes are dedicated sport-touring motorcycles. In recent years, the space ...

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