Main Motorcycle: 2002 Sprint RS
Join Date: May 2015
Location: New York
Triumph N.A. operations, dealer support, etc.
I've been increasingly concerned about the health of Triumph in the U.S. as I see one dealer after another drop the brand. There is one new Triumph-only dealer in Brooklyn, my home, but otherwise I see the brand disappearing.
This past weekend I spoke to a salesman in a shop on Long Island (Gold Coast Motorsports). I rode out there just to get a ride in and to ogle bikes. They carry a lot of brands so there are lots of bikes to drool over, but only three Triumphs-3 Thruxtons.
It looked they were dropping Triumph and the salesman confirmed that they were weeding them out due to poor corporate support/relations. This is a story I've heard several times now. This guy said that Triumph has not had a CEO for N.A. for years, and the way their working with dealers costs them too much money.
I don't think of myself as a Triumph fanboy, but I do feel a connection to the brand's history (one of the first bikes I got to see as a kid), and being a current owner I have practical concerns (parts), and desire to see the cool bikes that Triumph is currently putting out.
Are the problems I'm hearing about, and seeing as shop after shop cuts Triumph, a national issue? Is there a move to correct it?
If this is being discussed in another thread and I'm duplicating please direct me there.
2002 Sprint RS: TOR silencer, LSL bars, Laminar lip, factory tail rack with Givi top box, custom painted OEM panniers (one of 'em anyway - sad story), M-Factory lowered pegs, Penske shock.Thanks for all the help, Kit!