‘Ev­ery time I ride a Tri­umph I’m im­pressed, de­lighted and proud’

BIKE (UK) - - HELLO - Hugo Wil­son Edi­tor

A 21st Cen­tury mo­tor­cy­cle is a flip­pin’ amaz­ing thing. A re­ally com­pli­cated piece of en­gi­neer­ing and elec­tron­ics that de­liv­ers amaz­ing per­for­mance, im­pec­ca­ble re­li­a­bil­ity and meets loads of de­mand­ing noise, emis­sions and safety tar­gets. I can just about re-as­sem­ble the car­bu­ret­tors on a 1981 Moto Morini, but I’ve no real com­pre­hen­sion about how the tech­nol­ogy on a 2018 mo­tor­cy­cle ac­tu­ally works. They don’t half ride beau­ti­fully though. But there is more to it than tech­nol­ogy. Be­cause as well as de­liv­er­ing per­for­mance, they also have to tug on your heart­strings. Lap­top com­put­ers are clever too, but you don’t want one the way you want a mo­tor­cy­cle.

So mak­ing a de­cent mo­tor­cy­cle is pretty hard. And be­fore you can make the bike, you have to make a mo­tor­cy­cle fac­tory. That takes some im­pres­sive com­mit­ment. Ev­ery time I ride a Tri­umph (and last month I had a bril­liant 350-mile run on a Tiger 800 XCA) I’m im­pressed, de­lighted and, yes hon­estly, proud that there’s a com­pany with one of the most ad­vanced mo­tor­cy­cle fac­to­ries in the world, mak­ing some of the best bikes on the planet, and it’s only fifty miles from my front door. Peo­ple that live a lot fur­ther away from the fac­tory love th­ese bikes too. That is surely wor­thy of a cel­e­bra­tion, and that’s why we’ve pro­duced this spe­cial edi­tion of the mag­a­zine. En­joy the is­sue…

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