Triumph motorbike insurance

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Reviewed 01 September 2021

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Triumph motorbike insurance

Triumph is one of the most popular motorcycle brands in the UK, and the company produces a wide range of motorbikes to suit all needs and tastes.

The amount you’ll pay for Triumph motorbike insurance will depend on a number of factors ranging from the price and age of the bike to how powerful its engine is, as well as your personal details such as your age, address, occupation and claims history.

Triumph Motorcycles history and facts

Triumph Motorcycles was born from the ashes of Triumph Engineering, which went bust in 1983. The same year, John Bloor, the billionaire behind UK housebuilder Bloor Homes, bought the Triumph name and manufacturing rights from the administrators. The original company, which had been producing motorcycles in the Midlands since 1902, just couldn’t keep up with the Japanese competition.

Under Bloor’s direction, Triumph Motorcycles quickly set about adopting the manufacturing techniques and technology of the leading Japanese producers to create some winning machines.

Bloor set up a new factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire, with the first models rolling off the production line in 1991. Triumph introduced a range of new 750cc and 900cc motorbikes with three-stroke engines as well as four-cylinder 1000cc and 1200cc machines.

By the time the company broke even in the year 2000, Bloor had invested over £80m in Triumph. Two years later, the company opened its first manufacturing facility in Thailand.

In 2004, the company released its triple Rocket III cruiser, a mighty 2294cc superbike. Other notable launches included the Daytona 675cc in 2005, the best-selling 675cc Street Triple in 2007 and the popular 900cc Street Twin in 2016.

In 2007, Triumph announced it was opening a third factory in Thailand to increase manufacturing capacity. Fast forward to 2020 and the company revealed plans to move all its significant, remaining motorbike production to Thailand, with just customs and prototype models to still be made in the UK.

Triumph has been the exclusive supplier to the FIM Moto2 World Championship since the beginning of the 2019 season, supplying its 765cc triple-cylinder sports bikes to all the teams. The Dynavolt Triumph racing team is also competing with the 765cc Triumph triple in the 2021 Quattro Group British Supersport season.

Still under the control of John Bloor, Triumph is the largest UK-owned motorcycle manufacturer, employing 2,000 people worldwide. 

Leading Triumph motorbikes

Triumph is just not in the market for the cheaper, smaller engine motorbikes, which means the cost of insuring a Triumph will tend to be on the pricey side. You could, however, argue that Triumph provides excellent value for money, focusing on the production of high-performance, top quality machines.

Triumph is big on style – its roadsters, modern classics and Rocket 3 all look very good. Triumph’s overall best-seller is the Street Triple with its 660cc-765cc engine, though more affordable recent additions to the range such as the Trident 660 deserve a closer look.

In the modern classics category, Triumph’s 900cc Street Twin remains the most popular choice. If you can afford it and you want the feel of riding on the back of a rocket, then Triumph may have the solution for you.

The Rocket 3 will do 0-60 mph in 2.73 seconds, but will set you back £20,000. Expect motorbike insurance on this model to be expensive as well.

Along with the power and cost of the model you choose, your insurance premiums will also be affected by your individual circumstances – younger riders tend to pay more for bike cover.

Trident 660

The Trident 660 is the cheapest in Triumph’s roadster range, at £7,395, and offers a 660cc triple-cylinder engine. This is a new model designed to compete in the middleweight motorbike segment, having only entered production in 2020.

The Trident 660 is already getting strong reviews for its value for money and good handling, being compared to the highly popular 675cc Street Triple model that Triumph released in 2007. This latter was itself based heavily on Triumph’s highly successful Daytona 675 sports bike.

Street Triple

Triumph’s best-selling model, the Street Triple, is currently available in four different versions, ranging in price from £8,100 to £10,700, with triple-cylinder engines from 660cc to 765cc.

A roadster, the Street Triple is now recognised as one of Triumph’s all-time greats, being known for its aggressive styling, easy handling and speed. There have been various incarnations of the Street Triple since the original was launched 14 years ago.

The latest Street Triple has been partly revamped to meet Euro 5 emissions regulations, though appears to be no less loved by its afficionados.

Speed Triple

At the top of Triumph’s roadster range is the Speed Triple 1200 RS, at £15,100, with its 1160cc triple engine.

Triumph claims the latest model is the fastest accelerating Speed Triple ever. This is certainly an option worth considering for those looking for superbike performance.

There are also two significantly cheaper, standard Speed Triple models, with 1050cc engines.

Tiger Sport

Triumph offers various Tiger models in its adventure range, all with substantial engines to get you through those long road trips.

These include the 888cc Tiger 850 Sport, the 1050cc Tiger Sport, the 900cc Tiger 900 and the 1215cc Tiger 1200.

Built to go off-road as well as for long journeys down the motorway, Tigers offer powerful engines and lots of versatility.

Modern classics

There are no less than nine separate models in Triumph’s modern classics range. At the lower end of the range in terms of pricing and power is the Street Twin, though this is in fact the top-seller in Triumph’s modern classics line-up.

First launched in 2016, the Street Twin is a middleweight, user-friendly classic, and for £8,200 offers a 900cc fuel injected engine.

The modern classics range also includes the 900cc Bonneville T100 and the 1200cc Thruxton. Viewed as an easy-to-ride bike, even for beginners, the first Bonneville was launched by Triumph Engineering back in 1959 and proved extremely popular in the US.

Rocket 3

The most expensive motorbike currently on sale from Triumph, starting at £20,000, the Rocket 3 is instantly recognizable.

According to Triumph, the current Rocket 3 has the world’s largest production motorcycle engine, at 2458cc.

It can do 0-60 mph in 2.73 seconds, a Triumph production motorbike record.

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