Triumph and Humble Beginnings
Triumph has a well-known history with motorcycles. Triumph Cycle Company started in 1883 producing sewing machines and bicycles. In 1902 Triumph started the production of motorcycles.
Innovative from the start, new models came with a variable pulley to help with difficult inclines. To change gears, the rider would have to come to a complete stop, get off the bike, and moves the belt by hand! Triumph went on to develop the first practical clutch and a prototype 600cc vertical Twin.
Triumph quickly became a British icon. Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando, and Elvis Presley later immortalized its bikes.
However, by the early 1980s, the British industry was decimated by emerging Japanese brands. John Bloor, a businessman rescued Triumph, developed a new range of models produced in a state-of-the-art assembly plant. However, production stopped suddenly in 2002 after the facility was destroyed by fire.
In the 1960s and 1970s, there was a perception that Triumph bikes leaked oil and had other quality issues. So they knew if they were going to come back, Triumph would have to step up its game and produce a quality product.
When the massive fire gutted the main Triumph assembly plant the design and R&D shops were undamaged and continued new-bike development while the factory was rebuilt and refitted with state-of-the-art tooling. The production focuses on Supersports bikes for International racing and “top-end” markets.
Currently, Triumph is evidently thriving with very strong and loyal followers from all over the globe.