Hinkley-Triumph Motorcycles

Hinkley-Triumph Motorcycles have a rich and interesting history, despite being a fairly young company. The classic Triumph brand led the performance motorcycle market from the end of World War 2 until the late 1960s, when the Japanese absolutely conquered the market. Almost the entire British motorcycle industry collapsed before a relentless onslaught of Honda 450 Black Bombers and 750 Fours, and Kawasaki triples. By 1972, even the once mighty giant of the motorcycle industry, BSA went belly up. A merger with Norton was tried, but even that couldn't save them. With BSA out of the picture, and since BSA owned Triumph, that left Norton owning Triumph. In late 1973, Norton announced that they'd be closing Triumph's legendary Meriden factory to move all Triumph production over to their own factories, to cut production costs. It made business sense, but it also cost jobs. The Triumph workers revolted, and barricaded themselves in the Meriden plant, not allowing any motorcycles to leave for months. They'd just started the 1974 model year run, so very few 1974 Bonnevilles or TR7s were built. It was well into the 1975 model-year that the strike was settled by Norton agreeing to allow the Triumph workers to buy-out the business, turning it into the worker-owned 'Meriden Co-Op'. They were hopelessly undercapitalized from the start, and struggled against a tsunami of technologically-superior Japanese bikes, not to mention an anti-business socialist government that refused to help. The Meriden Co-Op struggled along, producing fewer and fewer Bonnevilles until they finally called it quits in 1983. John Bloor, British developer-billionaire, swooped in and bought the whole show out of receivership. He had plans to reopen as a thoroughly modern high-end motorcycle brand, but that was still several years off. Enter Les Harris, a successful American entrepreneur in the motorcycle parts business, and huge Triumph fan. Bloor sold the licensing rights to Harris to the classic Bonneville, who then hand-built Les Harris Bonnevilles in the US from 1984 through 1989. By 1990, the gleaming new state-of-the-art factory in Hinkley, England was done, a new line of modern sport bikes were designed, and Bloor was ready to launch the new brand, Triumph Motorcycles, Ltd. They wisely designed their engines around two component-sets, one a 250cc and the other 300cc. This allowed them to launch in 1990 with a wide range of engines including 750 and 900 Triples, and 1000 and 1200 Fours. It wasn't until 2000 that they got back into the Bonneville business with the retro-styled Triumph 800 Bonneville. It's grown over the years, in both displacement (now 1200cc) and power (now as high as 96 horsepower).

Hinkley-Triumphs YEAR-BY-YEAR


2008 BONNEVILLE

2009 BONNEVILLE THRUXTON

Classic styling, modern mechanicals & electronics, razor-sharp handling, classic Triumph looks, and a little Cafe Racer attitude thrown in for good measure.

2014 BONNEVILLE Triumph's classic Bonneville, and black-and-chrome.

2016 THRUXTON
Triumph's hottest Bonneville twin has now grown to 1200cc & 96hp.


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COMPLETE BOOK OF CLASSIC & MODERN TRIUMPHS


TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES IN AMERICA


TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLE RESTORATION


TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLE RESTORATION, PRE-UNIT


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE & TR6 RESTORATION GUIDE: 1956-1983


TALES OF TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES & THE MERIDEN FACTORY


TRIUMPH 650 & 750 TWINS OWNERS WORKSHOP MANUAL, 1963-1983


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE: ESSENTIAL BUYER’S GUIDE


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE: PORTRAIT OF A LEGEND


ILLUSTRATED TRIUMPH BUYER’S GUIDE, by Roy Bacon


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE, 2001-2015


TRIUMPH: PRODUCTION TESTERS TALES FROM MERIDEN


TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLE RESTORATION GUIDE


TRIUMPH OWNERS HANDBOOK, UNIT-CONSTRUCTION 350 & 500, Kindle


TRIUMPH ILLUSTRATED WORKSHOP MANUAL 1945-1955, by Clymer


TRIUMPH TWINS & TRIPLES


FACTORY-ORIGINAL TRIUMPH TWINS, 1938-1962


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE & TR6, by Timothy Remus


TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES: FROM SPEED TWIN TO BONNEVILLE


TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES: THEIR RENAISSANCE & THE HINKLEY FACTORY


TRIUMPH PRE-UNIT TWINS OWNERS WORKSHOP MANUAL


TRIUMPH THRUXTON BONNEVILLE 1959-1969


TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES ILLUSTRATED WORKSHOP MANUAL 1937-1951, by Clymer


TURNER’S TRIUMPHS: EDWARD TURNER & HIS TRIUMPHS


TRIUMPH TWIN RESTORATION, by Roy Bacon


TRIUMPH TIGER CUB & TERRIER 1952-1968, Haynes Repair Manual


TRIUMPH 675 DAYTONA & SPEED TRIPLE REPAIR MANUAL 2006-2010, Haynes


CLASSIC MOTORCYCLES: TRIUMPH


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE YEAR BY YEAR


TRIUMPH TRIPLES


TRIUMPH RACING MOTORCYCLES IN AMERICA


TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES


TRIUMPH, by Roy Bacon


TRIUMPH 750/900 TRIPLES & 1200 FOURS 1991-1999, Haynes Repair Manual


TRIUMPH TROPHY BIBLE


TRIUMPH DAYTONA, SPEED TRIPLE SPRINT & TIGER: 885/955 1997-2005, Haynes Repair Manual


BSA & TRIUMPH TRIPLES GOLD PORTFOLIO 1968-1976


TRIUMPH TRIDENT OWNERS WORKSHOP MANUAL, by Haynes


TRIUMPH: A CENTURY OF PASSION & POWER


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE, by Osprey


TRIUMPH TIGER 100 & 110, 1939-1961, by Roy Bacon


TRIUMPH TIGER 100 & DAYTONA


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE, by Crowood


TRIUMPH by Don Morley


TRIUMPH TRIPLES & FOURS 1991 & 2004


TRIUMPH 350 & 500 1957-1974 ESSENTIAL BUYERS GUIDE


BONNIE: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE


TRIUMPH SINGLES: EARLY DAYS TO 1974, by Roy Bacon


TRIUMPH: RETURN OF THE LEGEND


TRIUMPH FUEL INJECTED TRIPLES 1997-2000


BOOK OF TRIUMPH TWINS 1968-1969, by Floyd Clymer


THE TRIUMPH STORY: RACING & PRODUCTION MODELS 1902-PRESENT


TRIUMPH 350 & 500 TWINS 1958-1973, Haynes Repair Manual


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE 2001-=2008 ROAD TEST PORTFOLIO


HINKLEY TRIPLES & FOURS


TRIUMPH PRE-UNIT TWINS


HINKLEY TRIUMPHS: THE FIRST GENERATION


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE BIBLE: ALL MODELS 1959-1983


TRIUMPH TWENTY-ONE TO DAYTONA: C CLASS 350 & 500 TWINS


ORIGINAL TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE


TRIUMPH 650 & 750 TWINS


TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES & CUSTOM BIKES


TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES


TRIUMPH, THE LEGENDS SERIES


TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD SUPER PROFILE


TRIUMPH SPEED TWIN & THUNDERBIRD BIBLE


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120/T140


TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES FROM 1950-1983


TRIUMPH & BSA TRIPLES: THE COMPLETE STORY


TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD, TROPHY & TIGER ESSENTIAL BUYERS GUIDE


TRIUMPH TIGER CUB BIBLE


ROAD RACING HISTORY OF THE TRIUMPH 500 UNIT TWIN


EDWARD TURNER: THE MAN BEHIND THE MOTORCYCLES


SAVE THE BONNEVILLE: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE MERIDEN WORKERS CO-OP


TRIUMPH DAYTONA 1991-2006 ROAD TEST PORTFOLIO


TRIUMPH DAYTONA 2003-2009 ROAD TEST PORTFOLIO


TRIUMPH TIGER 100 / DAYTONA: DEVELOPMENT HISTORY


TRIUMPH, by Daniel Gilpin


BOOK OF TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES ILLUSTRATED SHOP MANUAL 1935-1939


TRIUMPH: THE RACING STORY


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120 1959-1974, by Roy Bacon


TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE GOLD PORTFOLIO 1959-1983


TRIUMPH TRIDENT SUPER PROFILE


ILLUSTRATED TRIUMPH BUYERS GUIDE, by Roy Bacon






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