“Triumph Motorcycle Company”
In this paper the topic of the Triumph Motorcycle Company’s history will be covered from the very first motorcycle Siegfried Betteman and Muaritz Schulte Betteman built; to the motorcycles the new owner John Bloor and his 600 employees are building at the Hinkley factory in Great Britain. Triumph Motorcycle Company has been overly concerned about the quality and performance of the bikes that leave the shop. With their concern, the company that started from strapping a motor to the downpipe of a bicycle has made it through two world wars and a depression. They changed that simple concept to a highly engineered and well thought out quality bike.
The Hinkley factory produces 50,000 bikes annually and is currently booming because John Bloor has tens of millions of dollars invested in the new Hinkley factory and is making a very respectable product that receives a lot of credit for quality and performance. Keeping true to what the founders envisioned. Siegfried and Schulte originally teamed up to sell regular old bicycles as transportation around town in the 1880’s. In 1884 they changed their firms name to Triumph and in 1902 their invention of the gas powered bicycle was attempted and it would eventually lead to a multi-million dollar industry with a decent amount of hard work.“Triumph one of Britain’s oldest and most famous manufacturers was founded by two Germans in the 1880’s and before changing his firm’s name to Triumph Siegfried Bettemann sold bicycles under his own name.” (Brown 236-245)
Seeing and selling bicycles for twenty-two years must have been boring for Schulte so he did some experimenting with different engines and fitted them into a bicycle frame to make his very own gas powered bicycle. With understudy Mauritz Schulte who also expiremnented with both Fafnir and J.A.Prestwich engines to be fitted into one of the Triumph bicycles. The very first triumph motorcycle was produced without using either Fafnir or J.A.Prestwich engines. Schulte decided to go with a 2.25cc or 1.75bhp single-cylinder Belgian Minerva engine with battery/coil ignition and automatic inlet valve it was clipped to the down-tube of a bicycle frame. (Brown 236-245)
Imagine riding a bicycle with a push mower engine strapped to the frame that is driving the chain instead of a sprocket and pedals powering the bike. Triumphs first motorcycle was in a nutshell exactly like that. This simple invention would unlock the passage way to a long journey of ups and downs for the Triumph Motorcycle Company. “Even though Triumph started as a company in 1884, this is the first year of motorcycle manufacturing for Triumph and is the recognized established date of Triumph motorcycles.” (Ratpack)
The company then slowly expanded its performance and went with a larger engine size and designed a bike that looked more like a motorcycle rather than a backyard invention. It took three years from their first idea of a motorcycle to really manufacture a range...