Vintage Kraft

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Triumph is synonymous with British motorcycles, along with BSA (Birmingham Small Arms Company). Originally founded in 1885 in Coventry, England by (ironically) a German immigrant named Siegfried Bettmann, Triumph has experienced several ownership changes and spinoffs into cars and bicycles over the decades, including acquisition by BSA in 1951. Yet the Triumph motorcycle brand persists to this day.

In the US, Triumph gained popularity and publicity in 1953 when Marlon Brando rode a Triumph Thunderbird 6T in the movie The Wild One (interestingly, Triumph would eventually license the name Thunderbird to the Ford Motor Company). This exposure helped propel Triumph to eventually become the best-selling European motorcycle in the United States in 1978.

Our featured motorcycle is a 1977 Bonneville T140 from Triumph’s zenith era with some tasteful modifications and enhancements to make this a compelling offering. It is a well-executed cafe build by Jay Strait of…

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