THE dream of every boy in Britain in the 1950s and 60s was to own a Triumph motorbike. Triumph bikes were fast and stylish and much admired around the world, especially by celebrities. Marlon Brando, Bob Dylan, James Dean, Elvis Presley and Steve McQueen all owned Triumph bikes. Triumph dominated the UK market not only in sales, but also in the record books. With the exception of a brief 33-day period in 1957, Triumph held the title of world’s fastest motorcycle from 1955 to 1970. It’s been 45 years since those great days. With the invasion of Japanese-made bikes, sales of British machines went into steep decline and most manufacturers went out of business. When Triumph Engineering, founded in 1893, went into receivership in 1983, businessman John Bloor bought the name and manufacturing rights from the Official Receiver. Today the new company, now called Triumph Motorcycles, is once again the leading British motorbike manufacturer offering a range of bikes including the 2.3 liter Rocket III – the largest-engine production motorcycle in the world. And now Triumph is seeking to reestablish itself as holders of the prestigious world land speed motorcycle record. Currently, the land-speed record for two-wheeled vehicles at the… Read full this story
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