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This 1901 prototype rewrites the history books of the Triumph motorcycle



Following the recent announcement of plans to celebrate next year’s 120th anniversary
iconic British motorcycle brand, and the production of the millionth Hinckley Triumph produced, Triumph heralds the historic discovery of the very first
Triumph prototype never built.

The 1901 prototype
An astonishing historical find, discovered and restored by the great collector of vintage Triumph Dick Shepherd, the 1901 prototype rewrites the history books, adding a whole new chapter ahead of official Triumph sales from 1902. Long rumored to exist and referenced in advertising and reviews that appeared in 1901, this first Triumph prototype was developed from a standard Triumph bicycle, with an engine supplied by Belgian manufacturer Minerva, in order to generate interest and measure demand of the public for a Triumph motorcycle.

Dick Shepherd said: “Having been approached by a friend of a collector, who had sadly recently passed away, to evaluate an old Triumph, I was incredibly excited to find out that the bike they had featured unique details that didn’t were not present on the first production Triumphs In addition to the motorcycle, the collector had also received a letter from Triumph, dated 1937, describing the unique origins of the motorcycle and providing key details.

“With an engine number consistent with references in Minerva’s engine records from a first Triumph engagement in 1901, the historical significance of this motorcycle has become incredibly clear.”

“As a lifelong passionate fan of the history and achievements of this incredible British brand, having discovered this incredible survivor and restored it to the glorious state it was in when it was first exhibited times in 1901 gave me an immense amount of satisfaction.

First unveiled at UK Motorcycle Live, the 1901 prototype will be presented at a dedicated event at Triumph’s Factory Visitor Experience on December 14, where the machine will be driven in public for the first time in over 100 years. .

This incredible historic motorcycle will then be on display, alongside the millionth Hinckley Triumph, in a new exhibition specially created for the 120th anniversary, organized as part of the Triumph Factory Visitors Experience.

The Triumph Factory Visitor Experience is free and is located at Triumph’s headquarters in Hinckley, England, and is open daily Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


For more information contact:

Gina D’Ambrosio, Public Relations Manager, Triumph Motorcycles, Americas
[email protected]

Notes to Editors


Established in 1902, Triumph Motorcycles celebrated 119 years of motorcycle manufacturing in 2021. For more than three decades, Triumph Motorcycles have been based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and have produced iconic bikes that perfectly blend authentic design, character, charisma and performance.

With more than 75,000 motorcycles delivered in fiscal 2021 and nearly 700 dealers around the world, Triumph is the UK’s largest motorcycle manufacturer.

This focus, innovation and passion for engineering has today created a wide range of motorcycles suitable for all motorcyclists, including the stunning new Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS, Tiger Sport 660 and Trident 660, the epic Tiger 900, world leaders Rocket 3 R and GT, High Performance Street Triple 765 RS, iconic Scrambler 1200, transcontinental Tiger 1200 and the legendary Triumph Bonneville family updated for 2021 including the Bonneville Bobber, Thruxton RS, Street Twin, Street Scrambler and the iconic Bonneville T120 and T100, as well as an affordable range of Triumph A2 motorcycles.

Triumph currently employs around 2000 people worldwide and has subsidiaries in UK, North America, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Sweden (Scandinavia), Benelux, Brazil, in India, China and Thailand as well as a network of independent distributors. . Triumph has manufacturing facilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire and Thailand, as well as CKD facilities in Brazil and India.

The Triumph Bonneville, famous for celebrating Triumph’s 1956 land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, was the original British superbike and a race winner, chosen by famous motorcyclists of the past for its legendary handling. , style and character. Updated for 2021 with even more performance, capability and style, it’s that iconic handling, character and looks, paired with modern driver-centric technology that makes the new Bonneville family THE modern classic choice. authentic today.

Triumph has a glorious racing history, having participated in and winning races in almost every class and area of ​​motorcycle sporting achievement. From the victory of the second Isle of Man TT in 1908, to the road and track domination of the 1960s in Europe and America, to contemporary racing exploits with the triumph Daytona 200 2014 triumph of the 675 Triumph cc, the 2014 Isle of Man Supersports TT win, the 2014 and 2015 British Supersports titles and World SuperSport races, and in 2019, with another win at the Isle of Man Supersports TT, by Peter Hickman.

The racing legend of Triumph has continued to be the exclusive supplier of engines to the FIM Moto2 â„¢ World Championship since the start of the 2019 season. Triumph Motorcycles provides all teams with race-tuned 765cc triples, each being based on the class-leading Street Triple RS powertrain. Redefining the category and breaking record after record in the inaugural year, including the very first top speed in Moto2 â„¢ at +300 km / h, the 2020 season got even faster with 11 more all-time records and seven different winners over 15 races.

Triumph’s racing activities are further enhanced by a return to the British Superbike paddock in 2021 with a factory-backed racing team, Dynavolt Triumph, in the British Supersport Championship.

In 2021, Triumph announced its upcoming entry into the motocross and enduro worlds as well as a new factory racing effort, with an engagement in top championship racing in the motocross and racing series. enduro.