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The Triumph Story: Bk. H413: Racing and Production Models from 1902 to the Present Day: Bk. H413 [Hardcover]

David Minton
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21 Jan 2003
Triumph, one of the world's most famous motorcycle makes, has seen periods of great technical progress and commercial and racing success followed by downturns in fortune. This has led to major changes in the management and design teams as well as the restructuring of the company. The complex company history is told here in full, from foundation through to its present-day resurrection and last year's launch of the new Bonneville.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (21 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859604137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859604137
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 21.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 747,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The complex company history is told here in full, from foundation through to its present-day resurrection and the 2000 launch on the new Bonneville.

About the Author

David Minton has been a professional motorcycle journalist since 1965. He has owned several Triumphs and road-tested an example of every model since the 1930s. He lives near Leominster. Herefordshire.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
There are plenty of books about Triumph motorcycles but what you find in this one covers ground where no one else has trod. The Triumph Story is the culmination of several year's hard work, on top of a riding lifetime on two wheels.
In preparing The Triumph Story, Dave Minton went back to primary reference sources, to factory records, to the VMCC and Triumph Owners' MCC archives, to the remaining men of Meriden themselves, and so has penned an account of far more importance than simply a list of evolving motorcycle models, their designations and attributes. In many ways this book is as much as social history as it is an automotive one: as Triumph the company and Triumph the bikes progress and change, so you can see the reflection of British society developing with them.

The author's aim with this volume was to cover a broad scope as the sub-title explains; Racing and production models from 1902 to the present day. That's well over a lifetime of bikes -- an awful lot of ground to cover in a single volume! And after reading it, cover to cover, it's clear that Dave didn't simply want to re-tread old stories. Instead he examines each era of Triumph and brings his own unique experience and understandings to bear. You're then on firm ground, because no one is better than Mr Minton when it comes to sharing those understandings.

With the massive proliferation and success of the Triumph twin from 1950 to 1980, it is so easy to associate the marque with those bikes and very little else. But Dave shows his readers that Triumph was a great marque long before Edward Turner.
Although the book is definitely at its strongest early on, don't let me mislead you into thinking that it's all about vintage machinery. Far from it.
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