A rather wet Wednesday failed to dampen the enthusiasm of Fellows and guests visiting the Triumph Motorcycle Experience in Hinckley, Leicestershire.
With a superb exhibition of motorccycles old and new and a lot of experimental engineering on display, the Experience must undoubtedly be a thrill to those two-wheel afficiandos as well as impressing those of us relying on four wheels.
The tour of the factory, under the guidance of Peter and Danny, was an eye-opener for those of us whose memory of UK motorcycle production focuses on dripping oils and strikes. This is a modern, clean and efficient production facility. Virtually all of today's Triumph motorcycles are built using their own manufactured components; a guarantee of consistent quality and ultimate performance. Sadly, we were not allowed to photograph any part of the production area; but all of the Fellowship group agreed that the tour was impressive - if a little footsore at one and a half miles of concrete flooring !
Triumph's press fleet area was particularly noteworthy, with 100 plus bikes corralled awaiting the tender mercies of motor cycling correspondents; there was also a sizeable repair section to remedy the damage inflicted by over-enthusiatic journos !
Bike racing is, of course in Triumph's DNA and, although there is not a factory team at present, since 2019 Triumph have been supplying their 3-cylinder 765cc engine for the Moto2 bike racing championship.
A fine buffet lunch followed the tour and Triumph Customer Experience Director, Simon Thrussell was on hand to answer questions.