A matte-gray-and-brown 2021 Triumph Bonneville Bobber
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The 2022 Triumph Bonneville Bobber Is a British American Classic

Usually, bobbers are associated with American motorcycles. For example, the latest Indian Scout Bobber. However, just like American companies have dabbled in café racers, so too have European brands released bobbers. And for 2022, British brand Triumph has updated its own Bonneville Bobber. What makes the 2022 Triumph Bonneville Bobber different from the regular Bonneville? …

A red-and-silver 2022 Triumph Bonneville T120 in front of a gray background
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Retro Rivals: 2022 Triumph Bonneville vs. Moto Guzzi V7

While it makes several retro bikes, Triumph is arguably best-known for the iconic Bonneville. And for 2022, the entire lineup is getting an update. But there’s another vintage-style motorcycle that was also recently updated: the Moto Guzzi V7. So, now that these classic-looking bikes have been refreshed, which one should you pick? The 2021 Moto …

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Tips, Tricks & Trends

Rusty Monday: Rusted Hulks Playing Peek-A-Boo

Some cars left to rust have been abandoned so long that Mother Nature can consume them. Yet, there they are if you’ve got the eyes to seek them out. These Rusty Monday relics are doing a good job of keeping out of sight, whether winter or summer. These rusted sedans are playing peek-a-boo surrounded by …

A black 2021 Triumph Bonneville T100 by a brick wall
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Is the 2021 Triumph Bonneville T100 Just a De-Contented T120?

If you’re looking for a new bike with a classic look, Triumph is a popular choice. The British brand has several retro models, such as the Thruxton café racer and off-road Scrambler lineup. But the Triumph Bonneville is arguably the brand’s most iconic model, retro or otherwise. And today, you can buy it in two …

A green 1974 Triumph TR6
Sedans & Coupes

Bring a Trailer Bargain of the Week: 1974 Triumph TR6

Motorcycles are what usually come to mind when the name ‘Triumph’ is mentioned. But along with bicycles, the British brand also made cars, many of which competed with MG’s sporty roadsters. And if you’re looking for a classic convertible sports car, many of its products are still fairly affordable. This week’s Bring a Trailer bargain …

A red 2012 Triumph Street Triple R in front of a maroon 2021 Indian Scout Bobber
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Riding Minimal: Indian Scout Bobber vs. Triumph Street Triple R

While cruisers and standard motorcycles are fairly different, they’re both commonly-chosen riding options. And they’re both available in ‘stripped-down’ forms: cruisers have bobbers, and standards have naked bikes. I own one of the latter: a 2012 Triumph Street Triple R. But after my recent time with a 2021 Indian Scout Bobber, I’ve grown to appreciate …

A rider on a red 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport
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The 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport Is Made for On-Road Adventures

For those looking to combine off-roading with long on-road rides, the usual motorcycle of choice is an adventure bike. However, while there some fairly affordable models available, these bikes can get pricey quickly. That’s the issue that Triumph is trying to tackle with its new Tiger 850 Sport. The 2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport is …

A black and white 2021 Triumph Trident 660
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The 2021 Triumph Trident 660 Is the Brand’s New Cheapest Bike

While classic-looking motorcycles like the Bonneville are arguably Triumph’s most popular models, they’re not the British brand’s only ones. In addition to adventure bikes, it also makes naked bikes like the Speed and Street Triple. However, while Triumph’s bikes are good, they can also be pricey. Which is why it’s bringing back a classic name …

A silver-black-and-red 2020 Triumph Thruxton RS
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Is the 2020 Triumph Thruxton RS the Best Retro Motorcycle?

While it’s not the only motorcycle company with retro-style models, Triumph is one of the most prominent. The Bonneville, for example, is arguably the best example of a neo-classic bike. But the British marque has more to offer. For instance, the Triumph Thruxton RS, which is Popular Mechanics’ best retro motorcycle for 2020. But is …

Tips, Tricks & Trends

3 Stunning Classics For Under $15,000

Classic car enthusiasts know buying a good version of an antique car can cost a pretty penny. With maintenance costs, repairs from occasional neglect, or even sometimes just the tax of buying a classic car that is kept in mint condition, car collectors know that any vehicle worth its oil is going to be expensive. …

A white 2021 Triumph Trident prototype in front of a garage
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The Triumph Trident, the Original Rocket 3, Is Coming Back

The current Rocket 3 isn’t Triumph’s only three-cylinder bike, though it does have the biggest engine. And soon, it will be joined by one more triple, bearing a familiar nameplate. The British motorcycle company has already successfully re-introduced the classically-styled Bonneville and Thruxton to a modern audience. Now, it’s the Triumph Trident’s turn. The history …

A white-and-red 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 next to a red-and-white 1959 Triumph Bonneville T120
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A Classic Triumph Bonneville Doesn’t Have Modern Reliability

While there’s no shortage of vintage-style bikes on sale today, arguably the segment’s best example is the Triumph Bonneville. Although the Ducati Sport 1000 sort of got there first, the Bonneville, Thruxton café racer, and Scrambler have together inspired a whole host of neo-classic motorcycles. Some, though, maybe inspired to get their hands on a …

Two Segway electric Dirt eBikes are side by side with a mountain backdrop.
Hybrids & Electrics

You’ll Never Guess What Segway Is Making Now

Mention the name Segway, and many people will have the image of the electric, standup personal transportation device on two wheels, a scooter of sorts. Many law enforcement agencies around the world have used the electric transporters, and they were also popularized in the Paul Blart Mall Cop movie series. But, last month, we covered how that electric …

Side view of a black-tanked 1966 Velocette Venom Thruxton
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The Velocette Venom Is Still a Record-Holder Almost 50 Years Later

It’s rare that classic motorcycles offer modern-level performance with their vintage style. That’s what makes classic BMW bikes popular, for example. And typically, such performance is thanks to larger, multi-cylinder engines. But the Velocette Venom didn’t need an engine the size of the Munch Mammut’s to set a world record. A record that’s still in …

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Hybrids & Electrics

Classic Car Electric Vehicle Conversion Candidates

I’ve written before about how automotive shops are starting to add electric conversion as a new menu item in addition to oil changes and brake work. The business of converting classic cars, or any car really, from an internal combustion drive vehicle to an electric vehicle, is in its infancy, but it exists. So, this …

Black-and-orange 2020 KTM 790 Adventure R power-sliding through the desert
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The Best New ADV Bikes Under $15,000

It’s definitely possible to have a great off-road bike adventure without going broke. But, as with cars, paying a bit more for a motorcycle, especially an ADV, sometimes does mean getting a few extra appreciable features. That doesn’t mean that you have to go for a company’s range-topping flagship motorcycle, though. In fact, $15,000 can …

The Triumph E-Trekker GT stands alone before a concrete wall
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Did You Know That Triumph Makes Electric Bicycles?

Many may recall the name Triumph from the past. Although the British manufacturer of small sportscars stopped selling its cars decades ago in the United States, the Triumph name has also been used in conjunction with Motorcycles. Just recently, however, Triumph branched out and included electric bicycles to its product portfolio. Bicycles and Sewing machines? …

Used 2013 BMW F 800 GS motorcycle with saddle bags
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The Best Used Off-Road Motorcycles Under $10,000

There are a number of excellent affordable motorcycles that you can take off-road. However, some may be nervous about bringing a brand-new bike to get banged up off-pavement. However, as is the case for most beginner bikes, the simple solution is to get a used motorcycle. It’s likely already been beat-up a bit. Plus, buying …

Red 2012 Triumph Street Triple R from the rider's right side
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Is the Triumph Street Triple R a Good First Motorcycle?

Buying a motorcycle is often as much about style as it is about performance or practicality. In terms of looks, Triumph does well on the retro front, with bikes like the Thruxton café racer. But the company also has sportier offerings, like the Triumph Street Triple R. I recently bought a 2012 model to serve …

Red 2012 Triumph Street Triple R from the rider's right side
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5 Things I Enjoy About My Triumph Street Triple R

Despite a few minor annoyances, I’m enjoying riding my Triumph Street Triple R. It doesn’t have the classic styling of the Bonneville or Thruxton. Nor is it off-road-capable like the Scrambler. However, the naked motorcycle does have its own positive points. Shifting and throttling the 2012 Triumph Street Triple R One key take-away from taking …

Red 2012 Triumph Street Triple R
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5 Things That Annoy Me About My Triumph Street Triple R

After passing my motorcycle safety course, I spent some time test-riding different bikes before eventually buying a used Triumph. Specifically, a 2012 Triumph Street Triple R naked bike, in-between a standard and a sportbike. And although I’ve enjoyed riding it overall, there are a few places where it could be improved. The turn signals RELATED: …

Gray 2020 Triumph Street Twin parked in front of a brick wall
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Triumph Is Doing What Harley-Davidson Should’ve Done Years Ago

On the surface, Triumph and Harley-Davidson can seem somewhat similar. Both motorcycle companies offer bikes that lean on nostalgia and retro designs, after all. And both also derive quite a bit of revenue from apparel sales. However, while Triumph these days seems to be doing OK, Harley-Davidson is decidedly not. And, as YouTuber Different Spokes …

Black Triumph Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition, with 007 badge, blacked-out components, and brushed-foil knee pad
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The James Bond Triumph Scrambler, and the Spy’s Other Bikes

James Bond’s usually seen behind the wheel of an Aston Martin. However, motorcycles have also featured in the fictional British spy’s adventures. Though the bad guys are usually the riders, Bond himself has taken to 2 wheels on occasion. Most recently, in the upcoming film No Time to Die, aka ‘Bond 25.’ To commemorate it, …

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The Norton Commando Is an Overlooked Triumph Bonneville Rival

Although other bikemakers make retro-styled motorcycles, Triumph has one of the most extensive lineups of such models. There’s the Thruxton café racer, the off-road-capable Scrambler, and perhaps most iconic, the Triumph Bonneville. Today, there are other brands, like Royal Enfield, which are starting to offer alternatives to the British bike. But back in the 60s …

K-Speed Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 custom scrambler
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Is Royal Enfield Going to Take on the Triumph Scrambler?

Although not quite as good off-road as dual sports, scramblers’ lighter weight and smaller size make them nimbler than adventure bikes. And some, particularly the Triumph Scrambler, can genuinely venture beyond the pavement. For Triumph, the Scrambler is part of neo-classic bike lineup which includes the Thruxton café racer and Bonneville standard. However, there’s another …

2020 Triumph Thruxton RS
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The Fastest New Modern Café Racer Motorcycles

There’s a whole host of neo-classic motorcycles available today. Customers can choose from scramblers, bobbers, cruisers, a modern Honda Cub, and hand-built carbureted models based on 50s British bikes. Arguably, though, what kick-started this trend was the rise in café racers, previewed by the Ducati Sport 1000. Even Harley-Davidson is working on such a bike. …

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Tips, Tricks & Trends

How Many British Brands Remain British?

The bigger a company is, as the theory goes, the bigger the discount on parts, and research and development. That lesson is called, economies of scale. Automotive manufacturers are well versed in this. That is why people are often surprised to find out that many brands are not true to their reputation. For example, are British brands still British? Economies …

2020 Triumph Rocket 3 GT and R
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The Triumph Rocket 3 Has the Biggest Production Motorcycle Engine

Today, Triumph is perhaps best known for its retro-looking bikes like the Bonneville and the genuinely off-road-capable Scrambler. But the British bike company has a long history of impressive, if not always reliable, machines. Continuing the former tradition is the updated Triumph Rocket 3, a bike with an engine bigger than some cars have. But, …

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Cars

The MG and Triumph Rivalry

Mention the name MG or Triumph, and people who remember the brands will more than likely think of sporty, small, convertible, British cars, or maybe even a motorcycle. That’s because both brands became popular in the United States shortly after World War II by providing fun, lightweight sports cars that were competitors to each other. One …

2020 Triumph Bonneville T120
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These Bikes Have Classic Style With Modern Reliability

It’s certainly possible to ride a classic bike every day. In fact, some people go off-roading with them. But, as with other classic motor vehicles, that comes with a certain amount of required wrenching. And most people, understandably, don’t want to deal with that hassle, which is why restomods exist. Luckily, if you want classic …

2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC
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Which Scrambler Motorcycles Can Actually Go Off-Road?

Going off-road doesn’t mean you always need a specialized machine, especially when it comes to motorcycles. In addition to dirt and dual sport bikes, people have taken Indian cruisers and Vespa scooters off the beaten path. This type of off-road modification was started decades ago with the first scrambler motorcycles. And today, as with other …