08 Jan Some interesting History on Triumph Motorcycles
Siegfried Bettmann, 20, comes to Coventry, England from Nürnberg, Germany. After a brief period, he is employed by Kelly & Co, compiling foreign directories for their publications. After six months, he got a job with the White Sewing Machine Co. as a foreign correspondent and translator. For several months he also worked as the company’s sales representative in northern Europe.
The first Triumph motorcycle is produced, designed by Schulte, using single-cylinder Belgian Minerva engine with automatic inlet valve and battery/coil ignition, fitted onto a bicycle frame (clipped to the down-tube). Schulte also experimented with both Fafnir and J. A. Prestwich (JAP) engines. Even though Triumph started as a company in 1884 (1886 as Triumph), this is the first year of motorcycle manufacturing for Triumph and is the recognized established date of Triumph motorcycles. In 2002, Triumph celebrated its 100th anniversary of continuous production of motorcycles.
Total production passes 50,000 this year. More than 11,000 motorcyclists have toured the Hinckley factory since it opened in 1990. Triumph has about 350 employees working two shifts, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., producing around 80 bikes a day for 35 countries around the world.
After a 12-year absence from the Triumph line-up, Triumph reintroduces the Bonneville with a re-engineered 790cc 360 degree crank parallel twin. In the following several years Triumph would also introduce two other motorcycles based on the basic Bonneville that would have a “retro” look to them; the Thruxton, a café racing-style bike based on the late 1960s style street racers in England; the Scrambler, an enduro-style bike based on the street/dirt racing bikes of the mid-late 1960s in the United States.
2016 and Beyond
Triumph Motorcycles continues to be the last and only all British-owned (and run) vehicle manufacturer in the world. Triumph Motorcycles is also the oldest continuous production motorcycle company in the world.
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