Bloor’s fledgling firm soon established a reputation for solid if unspectacular engineering. But things were far from easy for Triumph. As well as facing cynicism from motorcyclists who had seen previous revival attempts fail, the firm encountered resistance from British-bike loyalists who thought the multi-cylinder machines too Japanese. Some cynics even claimed Triumph had links with Kawasaki. Sales in Germany, the first export market, were disappointing. And the modular format made Triumph’s Daytona sports models uncompetitive, especially when Honda’s FireBlade arrived in 1992. ‘That was the tough year,’ recalls Bruno Tagliaferri, who had joined the firm from Honda UK in 1990 as sales manager and would stay until retiring last year. ‘The honeymoon was over. The press had been very positive but Hinckley factory 2014 1998 1997 40 June 2020 www.bikeindia.in Bike India
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