Top 10 most common Triumphs

It’s Britain’s biggest bike brand, but which of its bikes is most popular among British buyers?

WHEN IT comes to a bit of flag-waving there’s nothing like getting choosing a British bike over all those overseas rivals. And for most of us that narrows it down to just one brand; Triumph.

Sure, you could buy a Norton or a CCM, but, let’s face facts; Triumph is still the only UK brand that offers a range including viable alternatives to the majority of Asian, American and European rivals. It’s an impressive feat and one that’s established the Hinckley company as a worldwide force to be reckoned with.

But which Triumphs are the ones that UK riders actually opt for? Rather than looking at sales figures, which only give a snapshot of what’s popular in a particular moment, and even then only among the relatively small number of riders in a position to be buying brand new at any one time, we’ve taken a look at the bikes actually in use on British roads.

Fortunately the Government has done the hard work here, totting up the total numbers of bikes with current road tax and splitting them into make and model. 

So, without further ado, here are the top ten Triumphs, as chosen by real riders.

10: Sprint GT


9: Rocket III

Surprised at this one. Again, the 

8: Thruxton

The Thruxton is surely one of the most attractive-looking machines in Triumph’s range, and while the Ohlins-suspended 

7: Daytona 675

Another late, lamented Triumph model, there are still vague hopes that Triumph might revive the 

6: Thunderbird

The Thunderbird looks like something of an odd-man-out in Triumph’s range these days, the only bike using the firm’s 1,700cc, DOHC parallel twin engine. Given that most cruiser buyers don’t look any further than their local Harley-Davidson dealer, it’s impressive that the bike has managed to become the sixth most popular Triumph in the UK, with some 3,400 in use.

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