“Terry the Triumph” and Other Wins


Triumph enjoys the Winning Circle regardless of how many times it’s been there in the past. In this weeks “Triumph in the News” you’ll read about a 1966 Triumph T120 named “Terry the Triumph” that is still winning. And not surprisingly, the Speed Triple S also “wins” the hearts of reviewers. Mixed in is the excitement and “win” of Julia LaPalme, she will be doing a long term test on the Triumph Street Twin. The Triumph Explorer makes the “Best of the Best” list by Robb Report, another Triumph makes it to the big screen, and the Thruxton R goes custom!


Ultra-exclusive lifestyle magazine Robb Report just released their “Best of the Best” recommendations for 2016. Among the high-end offerings of luxury yachts, business jets, fine wines and exotic sports cars was a select group of motorcycles including Triumph’s all-new Tiger Explorer. “The Tiger Explorer’s design emphasizes aerodynamic efficiency as well as ruggedness, yet it is also rider friendly. The broad saddle provides a riding position that enables agile maneuvering, and it’s comfortable for long-distance travel.” Making it the perfect adventure bike for those with discerning taste.

Triumph Explorer "Best of the Best"

Triumph’s new Speed Triple S was matched up against the limited-edition Sugomi Kawasaki Z1000 and the Suzuki GSX-S1000 in MCN’s no-holds-barred shootout of top naked bikes. They deem the Triumph as having the best engine of the group, the best overall handling, the best sound and the most attractive styling before declaring it the stand-out winner. “After a few days testing, the Triumph was the one we all wanted to take home.”

Speed Triples S wins shootout

The official movie trailer for this summer’s highly anticipated action-thriller “Nerve” has hit the interwebs, with numerous outlets including Entertainment Weekly, E!Online and Collider offering a sneak peek. The movie stars Emma Roberts and Dave Franco in a high stakes game of online truth or dare. TMA provided the ‘scramblerized’ Triumph Bonneville ridden by Franco’s character (although we deflect responsibility for the funky blue LED lighting accents). At one point, the couple is challenged to pilot the Bonnie to 60 mph, blindfolded, in city traffic – definitely a bad idea. Want to see if they make it out alive? Check out the movie releasing July 27 at a theater near you.

Triumph in Nerve the Movie

Motorcyclist’s Julia LaPalme has been raving about the Triumph Street Twin ever since its December release. So much so, that when word came down that she would get one as her long-term test bike, she says she literally squealed with joy! “I hop on the Street Twin and fire it up, and can’t help but smile. The sound of that exhaust gets me every time.” Now she looks towards customizing the new Triumph, with a windscreen and saddlebags first on the list. “With all the custom mods being done to café racers new and old, I’m sure I won’t run out of inspiration for this Street Twin.” Keep an eye on Motorcyclist for future updates.

Triumph Street Twin Long Term

“So how do you customize a motorcycle that’s near flawless?” asks BikeEXIF when referring to this custom Triumph Thruxton R that recently emerged from the Bangkok-based builder K-Speed’s garage. It seems subtlety is key. Apparent is the modified subframe and custom seat. But a closer look reveals dropped suspension and lowered clip-ons for a more hunkered, aggressive stance, integrated LED taillight and turn signals for an ultra-clean look and ‘hyper-black’ powder coating applied to the tank and other various bits to complete the bike’s menacing presence.

Thruxton R gets customized

Keeping a 50-year-old motorcycle running is hard enough, never mind racing it more than 1,000 miles across the grueling Baja peninsula – and then actually winning. Cycle World takes an interesting look at the rich history of the Mexican 1000 (the original Baja peninsula race) and one very special entrant, a 1966 Triumph T120 dubbed ‘Terry the Triumph’ and it’s proud owner Julian Heppekausen. What’s Heppekausen’s key to piloting a vintage bike to victory? “You need to know your bike really well. There’s a harmonic hum at certain rpms, where it seems like the motor will go forever, and in a long race you have to bring it back to that pace when you can. I continually pat the tank and thank Terry for not breaking!”

Terry the Triumph still winning

Get out there and enjoy the Streets!