Frequently Asked Questions

We are obsessed with the perfect ride and love nothing more than talking about it, especially when it comes to Triumphs. Whether it’s building your dream motorcycle to give you the best experience, learning about our decorated history, or wanting to know how a bike comes to life, here you’ll be able to find answers to some of the most frequent questions we’re asked at Triumph HQ:

When was Triumph formed?

Triumph originally formed as a bicycle manufacturing company by Siegfried Bettmann in Coventry, way back in 1887. But with the explosion of motorised transport, Triumph shifted focus and produced the first motorised cycle, the Triumph 1, in 1902. Triumph was reborn in 1990 at the Cologne Motorcycle Show with a new range of motorcycles, all of which were produced at the then newly built factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire. 

Who owns Triumph today?

Triumph Motorcycles Limited, the company, is a 100% privately owned company. Our parent company is called Bloor Holdings Limited, which is owned by John Bloor. The spirit of Triumph, however, belongs to you, the rider.

Where are Triumph’s factories based?

Triumph has six-world class factories around the world. Two of these factories are based in Hinckley in the UK, just a stone’s throw from the Mallory Park race track. There are also three factories in Chonburi, Thailand, and one in Manaus, Brazil. Every Triumph motorcycle begins its life in Hinckley, where all of our design work, prototype construction and engineering takes place.

Can I visit the Triumph factory?

First the bad news… not just yet. And now the good news… we’ll be opening our new visitor centre later in 2017. If you want to be amongst the first to visit and experience the new visitor centre at the home of British motorcycle manufacturing, sign up to our mailing list here, or follow our blog ForTheRide.com to get the latest news.

How long does it take to develop a new Triumph motorcycle?

The whole process can vary from model to model, but typically the design and development of a new Triumph takes around 3 years from concept to delivery.