Ron  Betist
Ron Betist

One millionth ‘Hinckley produced’ Triumph and the 120th anniversary

2 december 2021

Hand in hand with the announcement of the plans to celebrate next year’s 120th anniversary of the most iconic British motorcycle brand in the world, Triumph unveils the landmark millionth (!) Hinckley Triumph produced. Why the particular mentioning of Hinckley, you ask? Let us enlighten you.

Hinckley history

The original factory, Triumph Engineering Co Ltd was a British motorcycle manufacturing company, based originally in Coventry and then in Meriden. In the 1980’s of the last century the company went bankrupt largely due to the heavy competition of the Japanese manufacturers. Just like most other iconic British motorcycle brands.

The current company Triumph Motorcycles Ltd is now based in Hinckley. It gained the name rights after the end of the company in the 1980s and is currently one of the world's major motorcycle manufacturers.

The millionth Triumph of the modern era

Triumph has reached a historic milestone in its modern era with the reveal of the millionth motorcycle built since the brand’s return in 1990. Unveiled at Triumph’s Global Headquarters in Hinckley on December 1st 2021 by Nick Bloor - CEO - in front of the UK team, the millionth Triumph is a one-off custom painted model of Triumph’s incredibly successful Tiger 900 Rally Pro.

The Tiger 900 Rally Pro launched in 2029 and provides a perfect demonstration of Triumph’s world leading design. It shows Triumph's engineering and production capability, courtesy of its class defining character, quality and the attention to detail.

This very special milestone motorcycle as a sophisticate custom Silver paint scheme and distinctive 'One Million' graphics. It will be displayed on Triumph’s stand at this year’s Motorcycle Live show at the NEC. Afterwards, it will be on show in Triumph’s Factory Visitor Experience* in a new, specially created 120-year anniversary display.

The passion behind the succes

Says Bloor: ‘’Everyone at Triumph is incredibly proud to have played a part in achieving such a momentous moment in the modern history of this iconic brand. Over the 31 years since we re-launched Triumph with a new line of British designed motorcycles in Cologne in 1990, we have shared so many great moments with our fans across the world. From returning to the TT champions arena, to entering the MotoGP paddock with our Moto2 Engine partnership to supporting the biggest global riding event and its great cause for health and wellbeing with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, to mention only a few. Triumph’s success has always stemmed from the passion and commitment we share with our riders.’’

‘’Whilst the last year has been challenging for all of us. This passion and commitment has driven Triumph to even greater heights, including the successful entry into new categories with the Trident 660 and Tiger Sport 660.”

“Over the last three decades Triumph has maintained, sustained and significant invested in our people, our partners and our in-house design. But also in engineering and manufacturing capabilities, in order to grow the reach and reputation of this iconic British brand.

This investment in home grown talent, both in the UK and around the world, has made it possible for the brand to go from strength to strength. The passion we share with our riders for delivering the complete and perfect motorcycle led to the most successful year in the brand’s entire 120-year history.’’

‘’Furthermore, we are committed to taking the brand to even greater heights with the forthcoming launch of our brand new Tiger 1200 and the new competition MX and Enduro motorcycles. I am delighted to say that the future for Triumph and its fans across the world will be just as exciting and rich as the last 30 years have been.’’

Celebrating 120 years of the most succesful British motorcycle brand

Encompassing millions of passionate fans who share the same obsession for motorcycling Triumph announce their plans to celebrate the landmark 120-year anniversary of this iconic British motorcycle brand in 2022.

The very first production Triumph motorcycle went on sale to the public in April 1902, starting one of the world’s richest and most exciting brand stories. A story that has gone on to encompass countless legendary motorcycles, and playing a significant role in shaping the motorcycle world we enjoy today.

Triumph’s modern era began in 1990 with an original range of motorcycles designed and built in a brand new, state-of-the-art factory at Hinckley.

In the three decades since, Triumph has built and sold more motorcycles than at any previous time in its history through an international network of more than 700 dealers in 57 countries.

Most succesful months ever

The passion for Triumph shared around the world by owners, riders, fans and dealers has made the last 12 months the most successful ever, with more than 75,000 bikes registered globally and a turnover of £650 million, despite all the recent challenges.

Triumph represents the very pinnacle of Great British design and engineering with a line-up of world-beating bikes spanning multiple genres from adventure to roadsters to modern classics. Each one delivers Triumph’s renowned reputation for class-leading handling, finish and detailing.

Today Triumph operates across five manufacturing facilities, all managed and led by the global headquarters in Hinckley, Leicestershire. Every Triumph is conceived, prototyped and tested in Triumph’s centre of design excellence by the in-house team. The most recent addition to Hinckley’s impressive infrastructure is an all-new UK assembly plant, built to enhance Triumph’s global manufacturing flexibility and complement the existing multi-million-pound paint shop and rapid prototyping facilities.

We can't wait for 2022. Hopefully we'll be able to witness the celebrations without any restrictions. Do you want to read more about Triumph? Here you can find our review on the Triumph Tiger 850 Sport!

*The Triumph Factory Visitor Experience can be visited for free and is located in Triumph's Headquarters in Hinckley, England. It's opened daily from Wednesday till Sunday, from 10am till 4h30 pm.

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