Triumph Bonneville T100's first Indian ride
It’s a British motorcycle marquee with quite a heritage, this Triumph. After rolling out its first production motorcycle
in 1902, the company has done it all – from mass-producing motorcycles for the military in its early years, and securing land speed records, to winning motorcycle races since the ’40s, and emerging as a post-war paradigm of cool, style, freedom and rebellion.
Triumph motorcycles have previously left their mark in arch rival, Harley-Davidson’s own backyard in the 1950s and ’60s, with American legends like Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood and Bob Dylan seen riding Bonneville T120s.
Hollywood star Marlon Brando brought fame to Triumph when he was pictured astride the Thunderbird 650cc in The Wild One, while fellow actor and motorcycle aficionado Steve McQueen shone more light on Triumph motorcycles in The Great Escape, where he blazed through the German countryside trying to outrun Nazi soldiers on his TR6 Trophy (predecessor of the first production Bonneville in ’59). Wild child Evel Knievel later attempted the longest (and sadly unsuccessful) jump of his stunting career on a Bonneville 650 over the Caesar's Palace fountains in Las Vegas in ’67.