I had the pleasure of attending Triumph Motorcycles at Hinckley on Monday for a tour of their factory visitor experience. I also went for a ride out on a couple of bikes!
After arriving, I had a coffee and then I was shown around the exhibition by Ian who is very knowledgeable about the history of Triumph showing us the very first motorcycle made in 1902 to the very latest bikes.
It was really interesting to see how the bikes have evolved and been developed throughout the time Triumph have been making bikes – Triumph Motorcycles celebrated 118 years of motorcycle manufacture in 2020 building around 60,000 bikes per year and are the largest British motorcycle manufacturer with around 650 dealers across the world.
On display is Daniel Craig’s Scrambler 1200 which he had made after he rode one in the Bond film, No Time To Die, and is numbered 007 ! A very cool looking bike indeed – if Daniel does not come to collect it, I could certainly offer it a very good home 😉
During the course of the day I was lucky enough to take out a Street Twin and a Street Scrambler. I had never ridden either of those bikes before so it was really interesting to be able to ride them and see what I thought of them. Both of them are 900 cc parallel twins with 64 bhp and twin exhausts. Having just had the Speed Twin on test, I am really liking the twin exhausts combined with the sound of the twin engines, they sound really cool and I really think I need one in the garage 😉
At the time of my visit, covid restrictions had just changed so my planned factory tour could not take place but I hope to book this soon as it would be really interesting to see what goes on ‘behind the scenes’.
Here’s what Triumph have to say about their new FVE:
The Triumph Motorcycles Factory Visitor Experience is now open for visitors following a major refurbishment, plus a new Factory Tour, which is taking bookings from 11 August 2021.
An impressive brand-new Land Speed Exhibition is now on display and showcases the Triumph Infor Land Speed Rocket Streamliner, which was built to challenge the Motorcycle Land Speed Record with Guy Martin in the hot seat, back in 2016 at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Publicly displayed for the first time ever, this Land Speed motorcycle is powered by two turbocharged 1,485cc inline triple engines, sourced from the world leading Triumph Rocket III, and with the two engines combined can deliver more than 1,000 horsepower (750 kW). Visitors can now get up close to view this truly iconic, performance-based legend at the Hinckley Headquarters.
The Exhibition, 1902 Café and Factory Shop will continue to offer free entry, with pre-booking advised to guarantee access while government guidance on social distancing is still in place.
Head of Customer Experience Simon Thrussell commented: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming everybody back to enjoy the fantastic new exhibition and factory tour. The team has worked incredibly hard across the business to create a thoroughly engaging, educational and exciting experience that the whole family can enjoy.”
For customers looking for a behind the scenes glimpse, a new Factory Tour will be available from 11 August, priced from £20 per person.
The new Factory Tour now includes a visit to the Centre of Excellence, home of Triumph’s prototype development and 3D printing, as well as the world-renowned Paint Shop. A new UK assembly line can also be viewed from the tour.
This new assembly facility has been designed to build several thousand motorcycles a year, across a wide variety of Triumph models – for the UK and European markets.
Head of Brand Management Miles Perkins said: “This follows Triumph’s plan to continue to build motorcycles here in the UK, and our efforts to increase our capacity to respond to shifts in customer demand and focus in the UK and European markets.
“This new facility gives us a greater level of flexibility and enhances our ability to respond to increasing customer demand along with our manufacturing facilities in Thailand, where models for all markets will of course continue to be assembled. Along with this we will continue of course to build all of our engineering prototypes here and the TFC Factory Customs.”
For more information on the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience and to book Factory Tours click here: https://www.triumphmotorcycles.co.uk/visitor-experience