Triumph Motorcycles

The origins of this famous British motorcycle marque go back to 1884, well before the first actual Triumph motorcycle appeared in 1902. By the 1920’s Triumph was building 30,000 cars and motorcycles a year. Whilst Triumph never struggled to produce beautiful and successful motorcycles, the company struggled to stay afloat and went through a series of splits, sell-offs, and separations. Despite British government intervention the company finally went into receivership… only to then re-emerge in the hands of a former plasterer determined to keep the brand alive. Triumph has gone on to become one of the most popular motorcycle brands across the globe and is arguably the leader in the “everything old is new again” retro bike wave.

Return of the Cafe Racers - New Order – Custom Triumph Speed Triple

New Order – Custom Triumph Speed Triple

“The integration of post-punk, electronic and dance music made New Order one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s, but that brilliance came out of tragedy. The members were originally part of the band Joy Division until the lead singer Ian Curtis tragically committed suicide. I was always…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bonneville Test Bed –  Baptism Moto Triumph

Bonneville Test Bed – Baptism Moto Triumph

In 2011, I moved to Pensacola Beach from Miami. I also decided that I wanted to learn how to ride motorcycles since it’s a great and somewhat safe area to ride around. It wasn’t long before I got my license and started riding with my father-in-law using his Honda CBR250 until I…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bullet Time – Alo’s Cafe Thruxton R

Bullet Time – Alo’s Cafe Thruxton R

There’s no denying Triumph’s Thruxton R is a great looking bit of kit. The Hinkley team created a new version of their top of the range Modern Classic that exceeded pretty much everyone’s expectations. Their designers took cues from classic race bikes of the 50s and 60s and blended them with the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Café Contenders – 2001 to 2016 Triumph Bonneville range

Café Contenders – 2001 to 2016 Triumph Bonneville range

For years the de facto choice when building a cafe racer was the air-cooled, 865cc Triumph Bonneville. With very few changes it dominated the retro market for a generation – from its Hinkley manufactured beginnings in 2001 to its final EFI form rolled out of Thailand fifteen years later. And that’s because…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Top 5 modern motorcycles to customise

Top 5 modern motorcycles to customise

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make when building your own Cafe Racer, or any style of custom motorcycle for that matter is selecting a donor bike. Some time ago I published a story on this same topic that covered older motorcycles . Today I thought I’d take a look at some modern alternatives…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Spirit Racer – Hedonic Triumph Thruxton R

Spirit Racer – Hedonic Triumph Thruxton R

Is it possible to improve on perfection? After spending some time in the saddle of a Thruxton R you could easily argue no. The Brits did a stellar job with their top of the range Modern Classic. From the bike’s external appearance to its impressive performance the Thruxton ticks all the boxes…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Triumph Bonneville T100 – Ride Review

Triumph Bonneville T100 – Ride Review

Looking back over the past decade of publishing this website I can’t think of a year that offered more exciting new motorcycles than 2016. It’s clear that manufacturers have bought into the “new wave” of motorcycle customisation, recognising the attraction of classically styled motorcycles to backyard builders. One manufacturer, in particular, stood…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Back in Black – Triumph Trophy TR6C

Back in Black – Triumph Trophy TR6C

Andy is the hardest working man his son Ryan knows. He’s been up at 5 am every day since Ryan can remember, to run his own construction company in Connecticut. He’s a tough man to deal with and has high standards, always pushing Ryan to do his best. Andy’s also always had…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Triumph Thruxton R – Ride Review

Triumph Thruxton R – Ride Review

Triumph has well and truly hit the nail on the head with their revised Modern Classics range. In Australia alone the British manufacturer is seeing a significant growth in sales and has received a unanimous thumbs up from the motorcycle press. I’ve already had the pleasure of getting to know the 900cc…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Bulldog – Supercharged T120 Thruxton R

The Bulldog – Supercharged T120 Thruxton R

The Glemseck 101 festival is on again this weekend in Germany and it’s geared up to be bigger than ever. This year there’s been a lot of hype surrounding what is arguably the highlight of the show, the Glemseck 1/8 mile sprints. The custom builder class, named ‘Sultans of Sprint’, is definitely…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Three Martini Lunch – Icon 1000 Triumph Thruxton

Three Martini Lunch – Icon 1000 Triumph Thruxton

Icon 1000 has just unveiled their newest range of riding gear and with it comes a new website and more importantly a new custom build! The latest motorcycle to join the Icon 1000 ranks has been baptized the “Three Martini Lunch”. Less post-apocalyptic in its design than the previous Icon 1000 bikes,…

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