Past Meets Present


Past meets present is a simple statement but pulling it off effectively is not so easy. Read on and find that’s exactly what Motorcycle Consumer News believes Triumph pulled off very well. They highlight the Street Twin and Thruxton R while the T120 gets some appreciated attention from MCNews. We certainly appreciate the kinds words and it seems they appreciate the function of the machines they get the pleasure of testing. Beyond that, there is the world of restorations where “Past Meets Present” is not true restoration but not everyone is as concerned about that as others. Take a moment of your day and read through these articles and please give me any feedback you come up with. After that, get out and enjoy the streets!


The new Triumph Street Twin and Thruxton R share the spotlight on the cover of the July issue of Motorcycle Consumer News. The feature article entitled ‘Past Meets Present’ praises Triumph for wrapping advanced tech in a beautifully vintage package. “Maintaining the charming engineering simplicity of the previous century while incorporating modern technological advancement is no easy task. Triumph has done a great job adding such touches,” states Editor David Hilgendorf.

For the Street Twin, they highlight the customization options as a major draw. “There are a ton of really cool aftermarket parts being produced for this platform. I’m digging the Scrambler kit. If customization was what I desired, this is the Bonneville I would start with.” And when talk turned to the Thruxton R, they were floored, with Hilgendorf calling it “nearly perfect” and guest reviewer Dave Searle declaring, “I can’t remember another new motorcycle that pushes more buttons in my unconscious pleasure centers than this one.”

Past Meets Present

Two days spent railing through the Adelaide hills on a Triumph T120 would seem like a pretty good way to spend your weekend. Australian online outlet MCNews sure thought so. Their initial assessment of the new T120: “This is a proper full-size motorcycle capable of fulfilling almost every road-going motorcyclist’s needs. It has the power, suspension and braking to take on almost every task.” Then a little more to the point: “Let me make this absolutely clear, the T120 Bonneville is leagues ahead of any traditional cruiser-based motorcycle when it comes to comfort, handling, ergonomics or performance. If you think different, you are wrong.” As an added bonus, check out their video review treating the Bonnie to a fair bit of hooliganism.

T120 Impressions

Coming in at a solid number two on Ultimate Motorcycling’s list of “Top 10 Most Viewed Motorcycle Videos” is the epic Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle 2. Featuring stunt superstars Nick ‘Apex’ Brocha and Ernie ‘EDUB’ Vigil rocking a pair of stretched Triumph Speed Triples while attempting to avoiding the long arm of the law (hilariously played by car drifting legend Dan Brockett), the video has garnered nearly 26 million views to date. And it’s easy to see why – with plenty of tire-shredding slides, amazing camera work and the occasional bit of comic relief, it’s clearly a cut above your average motorcycle stunt video.

Triumph and Icon Drift Video

MCN recently chose to add a Triumph Street Twin to their long-term test fleet. Managing Editor Ped Baker was the lucky man to secure the keys and he’s been thoroughly impressed with the popular new Triumph so far. “The Street Twin is an absolute masterclass of ergonomic design,” Baker says. “In just a couple of miles of riding the Street, I was instantly familiar and comfortable with it. The slip-assist clutch is light, the suspension plush, the chassis geometry perfectly neutral and the single front disc brake provides impressive feel and power.”

Long-Term Street Twin Test

“My restorations actually run pretty well most of the time and earn plaudits from the great unwashed. Grown men I have never met get weepy at the sight of my Triumph, wistfully longing for motorcycles and memories gone by.” In a motorcycle world that seems to only value the spotless, period-perfect restoration project – hobbyist Geoff Drake contemplates whether his many shortcuts might just make him the “World’s Worst Motorcycle Restorer.” His Triumph may look pretty good from a distance, but under closer scrutiny, the modern wiring harness, look-alike rear shocks and sticky tires would never pass the purity test. An article in Motorcyclist explores his dilemma.

Custom Restorations

Get out there and enjoy the Streets!