|Triumph Thunderbird 900|
- Triumph America
- Triumph Bonneville
- Triumph Scrambler
- Triumph Speedmaster
- Triumph Thruxton
But it turns out this is an old trick. As I say, up until a few days ago I thought the above listed were the only Triumphs I liked. But upon reordering the way in which search results are displayed on BikeTrader I discovered that there is such a thing as a Triumph Adventurer. Which looks a whole hell of a lot like a Triumph Legend, which is almost exactly the same bike as a Triumph Thunderbird 900. The forks on the Adventurer are forward; the Thunderbird and Legend differ only in the amount of chrome.
These three previously unknown-to-me models are machines from the late 90s, eventually phased out in the face of stringent Euro 3 emissions standards. But by all the accounts I’ve read, they were built incredibly sturdy –– amid a resurgence for the Triumph company during which it seemed eager to overcompensate for the awful bikes it had produced in the 1970s. Add to this the fact that Triumph owners have a reputation for being quite dear with their machines and the end result is that there are a number of really beautiful examples of the models available secondhand.
And those older machines are closer to my price point (though, admittedly, on the high side of “close”). I can, if I squint really hard, picture myself being able to get one. So, the bike that I want is a Triumph Adventurer, or America, or Bonneville, or Legend, or Scrambler, or Speedmaster, or Thunderbird, or Thruxton. Whichever I can afford first…