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Triumph Celebrates Millionth Bike Built Since 1990

Triumph’s milestone millionth motorcycle? That would be this Tiger 900 Rally Pro, decked out in special paint and graphics.

Triumph’s milestone millionth motorcycle? That would be this Tiger 900 Rally Pro, decked out in special paint and graphics. (Triumph Motorcycles/)

When Triumph announced a celebration for the millionth unit the company has produced since its rebirth in 1990, everybody here at the CW mothership just assumed that the jubilee bike would be a Bonneville. Not only is the long-running standard a design classic and an undisputed British motorcycle icon, it’s also inextricably linked to the original company as well as the current, Bloor-led concern, and has been a massive global success for more than a decade (in current and past iterations).

But we’ve been wrong many, many times before, and that point was hammered home yet again when Triumph CEO Nick Bloor unveiled a custom-painted Tiger 900 Rally Pro adventure model at the company’s global headquarters in Hinckley, England, instead.

Related: 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Buyer’s Guide

The millionth bike was feted at the Triumph HQ in Hinckley. The bike will be displayed prior to the 120th anniversary celebrations Triumph is planning.

The millionth bike was feted at the Triumph HQ in Hinckley. The bike will be displayed prior to the 120th anniversary celebrations Triumph is planning. (Triumph Motorcycles/)

The Tiger 900 series, which includes the 900 GT and 900 GT Pro, and the 900 Rally and 900 Rally Pro, are relative newcomers to the Triumph portfolio, but they’re all very well-equipped, incredibly smooth long-haulers, with the Rally and Rally Pro serving up exceptional off-road capability as well (as seen in modified form in the latest James Bond flick).

CEO Bloor commented, “Everyone at Triumph is incredibly proud to have played a part in achieving such a momentous moment in the modern history of this iconic brand. Over the 31 years since we relaunched Triumph with a new line of British-designed motorcycles in Cologne in 1990, we have shared so many great moments with our fans across the world.”

The commemorative Tiger 900 Rally Pro gets custom silver paint and special graphics adorning the tank and side panels.

The commemorative Tiger 900 Rally Pro gets custom silver paint and special graphics adorning the tank and side panels. (Triumph Motorcycles/)

The commemorative Tiger 900 Rally Pro also sports a suitably classy custom silver paint scheme with other identifying details including special 1 millionth graphics, but otherwise the stock machine is unchanged underneath, featuring a liquid-cooled 888cc inline-triple cranking out 93.9 hp, a fully adjustable long-travel front suspension setup, cornering ABS, and more. Triumph says the milestone motorcycle will have its own stand at the company’s location in this year’s Motorcycle Live show at the NEC, and then it will be shown at Triumph’s Factory Visitor Experience at the firm’s HQ in Hinckley, in a new, specially created 120-year anniversary display.

“Celebrating 1 Million” graphics extend to the radiator shrouds and other bodywork.

“Celebrating 1 Million” graphics extend to the radiator shrouds and other bodywork. (Triumph Motorcycles/)

Along with the millionth motorcycle tribute, Triumph also announced plans to celebrate the landmark 120-year anniversary of the brand in 2022 (there’s an asterisk here as we’re not talking about 120 years of continuous production by the company). The first production Triumph motorcycle went on sale to the public in April 1902, but the firm hit hard times in the early 1980s and went into receivership in 1983; the modern era began in 1990 with an original range of six motorcycles designed and built in a brand-new factory at Hinckley. The first models to come from Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. were Daytona and Trident 750s, Trophy and Trident 900s, the Trophy 1200, and the Daytona 1000, all coming off the Hinckley production line in 1991.

The entire UK team took part in the unveiling of the bike at Triumph’s Hinckley HQ.

The entire UK team took part in the unveiling of the bike at Triumph’s Hinckley HQ. (Triumph Motorcycles/)

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