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2013 Triumph Trophy SE – Road Test Review

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The Triumph Trophy SE is the only all-new model in this comparison, yet it seems strangely familiar. Its liquid-cooled, 1,215cc in-line triple is the same engine found in Triumph’s Tiger Explorer adventure tourer (though the Trophy has a taller sixth gear and recalibrated throttle-by-wire settings), and its styling, cockpit and features are eerily similar to that of the BMW R ...

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2013 Triumph Bonneville- Road Test Review

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When our Imperial Purple/Fusion White Triumph Bonneville was delivered, I was sure it was a mistake, certain that the bike was intended for the artist currently and formerly known as Prince. Other bold colors available for 2013 include Intense Orange/Phantom Black and Aurum Gold, or you can go with basic black or white. While Triumph busied itself expanding its lineup ...

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Triumph Announces Bonneville and Speed Triple Special Editions

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Triumph Motorcycles announced two special edition SE models of its iconic Bonneville and Speed Triple bikes. The new Special Edition Bonneville, with its characteristic 865cc engine, retro chrome styling and cast aluminium wheels, boasts an array of enhancements to create a hugely distinctive bike. The motorcycle has a bold red frame and distinctive Matte Black and Cranberry Red paint scheme. ...

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2013 Triumph Daytona 675 and 675R – First Look Review

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After failing to find success with its TT600, a sportbike with a 600cc in-line four-cylinder engine that competed head-to-head with well-developed offerings from Japan’s Big Four, Triumph launched the Daytona 675 in 2006, powered by a 675cc in-line triple, an engine configuration that has largely come to define the British manufacturer. The Daytona was updated in 2008, but it has ...

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Six Degrees of Temptation: Ridden and Rated Special

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When Victory fired off the invite for its 2013 Boardwalk model launch, we looked up from our meatball subs, wiped the marinara sauce from our chins and simultaneously exclaimed, “What!? It’s time for the 2013s already?” Heck, there’s still some Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill and cheese weenies leftover from our Y2K party in the office fridge. About then we also ...

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Ridden & Rated: Triumph T100 Steve McQueen Edition

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We all recall Steve McQueen’s character Virgil Hilts jumping a motorcycle over a fence in the iconic 1963 WWII movie The Great Escape. And it doesn’t matter that, for insurance reasons, the jump was actually performed by McQueen’s friend and fellow racer Bud Ekins. McQueen was the real deal. He rode his modified 1963 Triumph Bonneville in the California dunes ...

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2012 Triumph Speed Triple R – Road Test Review

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Today’s Triumph Speed Triple is light years ahead of the original sport standard introduced in 1994, never mind the historic 1938 Triumph Speed Twin after which the Triple is named. The latest 2011-model styling revamp for the iconic streetfighter is sexy, too, except for the trademark bug-eye headlamps, the new shapes of which stray too far from the original round ...

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Triumph Announces 2013 Street Triple and Street Triple R

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A new lighter-weight Triumph Street Triple and Street Triple R were revealed at the Intermot Show in Cologne, Germany, today. The 2013 motorcycles have been completely redesigned and are described below. STREET TRIPLE: Triumph’s Street Triple has been one of the success stories of recent years, collecting numerous accolades along the way and being recognized for delivering class-leading dynamics alongside ...

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2013 Triumph Trophy SE – First Ride Review

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Is Triumph still salty about having its Coventry factory destroyed by the German Luftwaffe during World War II? The all-new Trophy, a sport tourer powered by the 1,215cc triple found in the Explorer, shares more than a passing resemblance with BMW’s perennial, Alps-bred R 1200 RT (Rider, September 2012). Beyond looks, the Trophy also takes after the RT with excellent ...

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Road Test: 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer

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After my exhilarating but brief ride on the all-new Triumph Tiger Explorer at its press launch in Spain (Rider, May 2012, and on ridermag.wpengine.com), I waited impatiently for the Explorer to arrive in the U.S., eager to spend quality time together and see if we had the chemistry for a longer-term relationship. The attraction was still there—the tall, robust Triumph’s ...

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