Progressive International Motorcycle Show, Chicago: Triumph’s New British Twins

MotoADVR_TriumphStreetTwinTankI’m actually a little sore with Triumph regarding their showing in Chicago. Despite the fact that Triumph has a bike for virtually every class of motorcycle, they decided to only bring the 2016 Bonneville “Reborn” models to Chicago; moreover, rumor has it that they also skipped all but select IMS show locations this year. I imagine someone in the Triumph North America accounting department assumed it was too expensive to haul around a fleet of bikes to the motorcycle shows while concurrently running the Bonneville Reborn tour. I suppose that Polaris may be financially larger than Triumph, but either way they still ship a Demo truck around the country multiple times a year, meanwhile taking not one, but two, motorcycle brands to various IMS locations each winter; but what do I know?


MotoADVR_TriumphT120MatteGreyDespite my rant about Triumph “marketing”, I did at least get the chance to see some of the new Street Twin and T120 models that were not in Columbus when I drove over to the local Bonneville Reborn showing.  I had the hots for the new T120 Black in Columbus, but that bike has nothing on the matte slate grey… wow. Triumph also brought one of the matte Street Twins with the Vance and Hines Scrambler inspiration kit, also a nice touch. Considering I expect to do some motorcycle shopping this spring, it’s hard not to want to customize a blacked out Street Twin considering the $8,700 price tag. I was also able to finally get my eyes on the Red Thruxton R. I have also loved the Thruxton for some time; the new Thruxton R is absolutely stunning with resume to boot… all done up in Red. I can’t ask for more.



Triumph also brought the 2016 revision to the Speed Triple. It would be a long time before I could justify the purpose of the legendary Speed Triple, but I cannot deny I want to take one home. Mind you, I’ve always been a round headlight Speed Triple fan, but I will say that I do like the new look of the Speedy, even if it’s merely subtle aesthetic changes; the Speedy just looks fast… just sitting there…


Beyond the Triumph booth various Triumph custom builds were scattered throughout the show. I might go as far as to say the after Harley Davidson, Triumph was probably one of the top three brands of choice for custom builders (there were a lot of Indians about as well). I took quite a few photos of some absolutely stunning custom work, along with a candid of my most sought after Tiger XC…

Back to the IMS Chicago




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3 Responses to Progressive International Motorcycle Show, Chicago: Triumph’s New British Twins

  1. Bob says:

    I really like what Triumph has done with the Bonneville’s. The Street Triple is hot also, even if it does look like it’s wearing goggles (-:

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  2. Pingback: Progressive International Motorcycle Show 2016, Chicago: The Preview | Moto Adventurer

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