Once you go Triumph, Top Dog, and the Beauty of it All


The Triumph T120 makes Cathcart happy, the Bonneville continues to show up in different styles, and the Thunderbird inspires long rides to your local grocer.


“Triumph’s iconic Bonneville model finally goes large!” Writing for Cycle News, famed motojournalist Alan Cathcart gets the opportunity to ride the new Triumph T120 and loves what the 1200cc high torque engine has on tap. “With so much midrange poke there really isn’t any need to go hunting for the redline. Keeping the engine in its happy zone between 3,000-5,500 rpm will deliver a lovely luscious liquid pull.” Cathcart also highlights the “brilliantly set up” suspension, outstanding build quality and numerous vintage-inspired design cues.

The T120 continues to impress

The jaw-dropping Candy Orange and Black Street Twin you see here was just unveiled at Bike Shed Paris 2016. In addition to the stunning paint scheme, a meaty 150 section front tire and 180 section rear definitely set the bike off from the stocker. Other tasty bits include brushed alloy mud guards, spoked wheels, custom seat, internally-wired bars with microswitch switchgear and a host of other details. Designed and built by Down and Out Café Racers in collaboration with Triumph, you can check out more pictures on the Bike Shed site.

A Stunning Orange and Black Bonneville

“Seven-plus hours in the saddle and, now, a thousand-and-a-half miles on the clock and I am beginning to feel one with the bike.” When you find ways to turn a simple ride to the hardware store into an all-day road trip, the bike may be to blame. In an excellent account of the simple pleasures experienced on a 2015 Triumph Thunderbird in northern California posted on the Church of the Open Road Press blog, the author explains the many virtues of the big Triumph cruiser following his first three months of ownership.

Thunderbird encourages long rides

Cycle Canada kits up a Tiger 800 XCx and takes on ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’ in a recent Test Ride segment. How did Triumph’s off-road focused XCx fare in a country known for its rugged landscapes, were 70 percent of the roadways are unpaved? Here’s what they had to say: “Touring Iceland on a Triumph Tiger XCx has convinced me it’s an ideal bike for this beautiful – at times challenging – island…The smooth-shifting 800 cc inline triple is a gem, with adequate power for the highway and plenty of pep for paved-or-otherwise twisties…Its WP-brand suspension is spot on for gravel and lighter off-roading.”

The XCx conquers rough terrain

The Triumph Street Triple is this month’s featured bike in Motorcyclist’s “Smart Money” used bike buyer’s guide. They rightly claim, “the Street Triple fired a loud and rowdy shot across the bow of the middleweight class, and nailed the bull’s-eye.” Since the model’s 2007 introduction, it’s been firmly entrenched as the reigning king of the naked middleweight class with its torque-laden 675cc triple engine and a Daytona-based chassis that “set new class standards for flickability.”

The middleweight King, Street Triple

“Raw-metal” is the adjective of the day when describing this North East Custom’s 2007 Triumph Bonneville featured on Pipeburn. “The key design focus of this Bonnie build was to draw attention to the bikes metal work, accentuate it where possible and remove all the plastics for a true best of British feel.” Tank and fenders were first sanded down to expose their metal finish, then adorned with a hand-carved old-school Triumph logo. Custom stainless scrambler straight pipes paired with flat slide Keihin FCR carbs, full Bitubo suspension and a six-piston Pretech brake caliper bump up performance while staying true to the industrial look.

Highlighting the Metal Work by Pipeburn

Have a great weekend!