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Old 11-07-2012, 11:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Triumph? You ride a Triumph?? They still make those???

It never fails...whenever I'm asked what bike I ride. I always get the same response. Triumph? They still make those?? I just crack up and say no...it's imported from the U.K.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot over!

I think most of us Yanks have forgotten about the Brit Bikes. Except all you T Rats out there of course.

Anyone else get that question?
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've heard that a few times.

I just tell them they never really stopped making them, just stopped exporting to the us.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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One time my dad and I were parked, sitting on our bikes, in a parking space on the street where all the clubs are in town. We just sat there people watching and joking around until some dude walked up, looked straight at my Bonneville and says, "What kind of Harley is that?" I replied, "Its a Triumph." He literally said, "I have never heard of Harley making a Triumph." Ummmm, yeah!
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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only in the usa i guess but i do get asked how old my triumph is by old guys who used to ride em in there youth and not knowing they make em in hinckly now lol
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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some bike shop kid asked me if my s3 was an old two stroke from the 70's a while back. I don't go there anymore lol.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The questions and the occasional puzzling look on the face of people is part of the enjoyment of owning the brand.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My TB is a great conversation starter - especially for the "chronologically challenged" like myself - especially when they see the Trumpy harmonica on the tank. Was at a MC store two years ago when a dozen Pagans rode in, parking their bikes and totally surrounding my bike. When one of them saw me getting something out of my jacket, which was hanging off the seat, that was the convo starter. He started asking me about my TB, and said " you wouldn't believe the trouble I got into in the 60's on my Triumph". I didn't say it, but looking at him I immediately thought "yes I can, buddy; yes I can". *G*
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:11 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Misty eyes...

As Hawk#1 says, over here in the UK you tend to get approached by old boys (usually smoking a pipe) who rode Triumphs for years as their only mode of transport and as they gaze at the tank badge, go all misty-eyed as they're taken back to their youth
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:38 AM   #10 (permalink)
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It's either, "Great looking bike!"

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"I didn't know they still made them. Back in the 70's ......blah blah blah"

Great bike to pick up old men!!!
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