History of the Triumph Bonneville Bonneville Performance

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History of the Triumph Bonneville

A young German named Bettmann leaves Nuremberg, and to Coventry, England. He initially in a sewing machine company establishes his own import/export company German sewing machines, and bicycles made in Birmingham. He the name of his business to “The Cycle Company.”


The of the firm is changed to Triumph Co. Ltd. and shares were by the Dunlop Tyre Company. 2 engineers join Bettmann and him that Triumph should their own products, rather sell others products.

purchase a small factory in and begin to manufacture their own


One of the Triumph engineers Schulte imports a Hildebrand motorcycle for testing and rides it in the cycle stadium.


The Triumph motorcycle is manufactured as by Schulte, on a bicycle frame a single 2.25 BHP Belgian engine, automatic inlet and battery/coil ignition. He later with other engines. is considered the first year of Motorcycle manufacturing.


improvements and modifications are made to the product line. Engines included: J.A. Prestwich and the Belgian Fafnir.


The first all-British motorcycle is manufactured as designed by Schulte and Charles Hathaway. included: 3 BHP, 300cc, up to 40-50 MPH. They able to produce 5 per week and sold for 45 pounds.


chief designer Johann continuous improvements are made. Hulbert lands the first success doing the Dashwood climb on a Triumph 453cc Jack Marshall and Freddie win 2nd and 3rd in the first Isle of Man motorcycle TT

By 1914 the company is producing single cylinder motorcycles and Charles Hathaway is the chief The 550c Type A Roadster is the of the art model using a Bosch magneto and putting out 4 BHP.

The company shifts focus to the war A Type H roadster with a drive, 550cc side-valve, … with a 3-speed and belt transmission is considered to be the “modern” motorcycle. More 30,000 of these were and used by the Allied Forces in


Schulte leaves and Claude Holbrook joins as Manager. Continual improvements are including: spring drive, spring shocks, internally drum brakes, 500cc OHV and the first OHV twin engine. The standing start and the one-mile records are set by rider Frank

Triumph develops its own spring fork.

Competitor George closes his shop and joins where production reaches per year, from a 500K SF employing 3,000 people. A saddle tank is adopted, and schemes changed. The product is cut to 4 models.


Triumphs all unit construction motorcycle is and called the Model X (Junior) at Model X is reduced to 150cc and a new Scout” model is added, by Val Page. Page follows with a range of new designs at the 350 and 500cc sizes during years.


The company is changed to Triumph Co. Ltd.



Bill and Wilbur Cedar establish a motorcycle shop in Pasadena, CA Triumphs, Ariels, BSAs and hosting a motorcycle show to these products and brands to the public.


The most motorcycle in the US is the Triumph T-100 could reach a top speed of MPH (doing the ton!). New speed are set by Freddie Clarke on a Tiger 80 and a WWII breaks out and 1,400 are requisitioned for war use.


Triumph again producing motorcycles for the civilian along with the war effort. The government contracts to purchase for their war effort.


A new factory in Meriden is built for expanded military production.

Harley Davidson’s Asian agent, Alfred “Rich” tries to convince Triumph to their exclusive importer to the US. decides to stick with as their official US distributor.

Triumph builds 50,000 during the war years. Many of the war effort motorcycles were back, refurbished and painted for use. Some are fitted telescopic forks.

Bill creates plans for a US nationwide network and accepts franchise JoMo (Johnson Motors) to a larger facility expanding service area. They the Indian franchise but pick up the Lucas, Amal, John and Dunlop brands.


resumes production of civilian as an all-twin cylinder product is announced.


Triumph’s trail bike, the Trophy TR5 is introduced. The engine was originally for the RAF in WW2 with aluminum heads and Triumph is building 12,000 a year, exporting 60% of them.


Turner and Jack introduce the 650cc Thunderbird 6T of 100MPH, primarily for the US market. The becomes a favorite of police around the world. The Triumph Motorcycle Club is founded.

With the world’s first demand high, improvements are to the Thunderbird carbs. Turner Triumph Corp. in Maryland as the owned distribution company to eastern US markets. Dennis is the first President.

After more Triumphs would be in the USA than in any other country, the UK.

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Sangster sells to BSA, the same company he Ariel to in 1939, and becomes a of the board. Harley Davidson to the US tariff commission that is dumping its machines on the US market at low prices. They demand a 40% on all imported motorcycles.


The US commission rejects HD’s which adds to Triumph’s HD is charged with charged restrictive trade practices The demand for Manx Norton to power Formula Three left many Manx frames available. Motorcycle started putting Triumph in these frames creating the


The movie, “The One” stars Marlon riding his personal 1952 Thunderbird.


The Tiger nicknamed the “Tiger-Bird” is announced high compression pistons and 42 Rear swing arm suspension is on some models.


On the Salt Flats, Johnny establishes a record 193 MPH in a 650cc powered streamliner. The TR6 Trophy is as the first true “American” model with a top speed of 105


The T120 Bonneville is at the Earls Court Bike Its name commemorates Johnny land-speed record runs at Salt Flats in 1956. It on sale in 1959.


Great Escape” starring McQueen features Bud Elkins, the who successfully jumps the fence at the end of the on a TR6 on the first take.

Doug Hele leaves and joins Triumph, redesigning frames for better stability and


Success on the race leads to the production of a special Bonneville Thruxton model, in turn paved the way for production of cafe racers.


The Bonneville gets its major makeover, gaining carburation and smoother power along with a new tank altered seat units and color scheme.


increases from 650cc to A strike at the Meriden, UK factory in no bikes being produced, and the beginning of the end for the original Bonneville.

The last official Triumph rolls off the production line at Limited numbers of the bike to be produced by LF Harris of Newton between 1985-88.


A and modern Triumph company under the leadership of John builds on past success in the by launching a new Bonneville out of their new plant. The model sports a parallel twin power and blends retro-styling with designed and manufactured components.

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