- Oct 4, 2013
Triumph are back in my good books again !
Can't read this on my phoneTriumph are back in my good books again !
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Ah it dependsDoes this mean we can be friends again?
Not sure.Can't read this on my phone
What bikes in are they going to build in the UK?
I doubt you’ll get an answer, but I’d love to know their strategy behind what they build where.I am going on a factory tour tomorrow, do you have any questions for them?
Could you be ask them to please remove the union flag from their logo and productsI am going on a factory tour tomorrow, do you have any questions for them?
This sort of thing on a French built bike must really get your goat then!
Some of them even get registered as original 1950s Vincent motorcycles that were produced in Stevenage, U.K.
Doesn't bother me, I'm glad they are in business and building interesting bikes.
In fact I had a set of these cases ordered at one time, but Patrick Godet decided not to go ahead with it for reasons known only to him.
Glen, that’s not the case in my experience. I have met many, many, Triumph owners who incorrectly believed that they were riding a British built bike (although, in fairness, many of them didn’t really care much either way).I find just the opposite here. All of the folks riding Triumph's know where they are made.
Both of mine have a nice sized very clear " Made in" label, one UK, one Thailand.
Yes some I have spoken with know their bikes are made in Thailand but really don't care !Glen, that’s not the case in my experience. I have met many, many, Triumph owners who incorrectly believed that they were riding a British built bike (although, in fairness, many of them didn’t really care much either way).
When Triumph operated a multi site strategy, it was easy to be unsure. Then they went to 100% Thai, that’s when confusion was removed (for most). Now they’re reverting to a multi site / country operation, the potential for confusion will return.
Just have to agree to disagreeNo doubt some did. No harm really as they had a totally different but much more reliable nag under them.
I recall trying to convince a friend that he should look at a near new 2015 Bonnie 865 that was at a good price. He was 75 years old at the time and losing upper body strength, as we all do.
He had fallen 3 times on his Yamaha TDM850, a very top heavy bike. These falls all occured while shifting the bike around at fuel up.
The last fall broke his collar bone and dislocated his shoulder, so he decided to sell the bike and look for something a bit lighter. He was looking at the Kawi Versys 650 , but that is also quite a tall bike, potentially top heavy.
He is British and has always owned old British bikes as well, had 4 or five of those at the time but wanted a modern bike for all of the usual reasons.
When I mentioned that the Triumph T100 , still a chunkster , but a fair bit lighter than the TDM, might work for him as it carries it weight low, he gave it some thought.
He surprised me by saying, in a somewhat hushed tone, " I'm not convinced that a non-Asian bike can be reliable enough for my needs".
I had a good laugh and told him, no worries these new Bonnies are British designed and Asian built.
He bought it just when I bought the Thruxton R. We both put on 11,000 kms that year, the most he had ridden in many years. It was a great bike for him. Looking British but acting Asian.
What bikes are assembled at hinkley?A lot of the major components for the bikes assembled at Hinckley will have been made at their Thai factories, so where the bike was finally assembled is probably irrelevant.
And parts like the brakes / switches / suspension have always been bought in from specialist suppliers.
I did the tour in November, it was interesting. Went round on a Saturday, so the place wasnt working, would have felt a bit odd doing the tour while people were working. We (used to, pre Covid) get tours where I work, and while I understand people are interested in what we do, I dont much like being watched when / if I am up to my ear'oles in it.
They dont let me guide visitors around.....