Featured Factory Tour At Last!

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  1. Col_C

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    Likewise, went on a FACTORY tour back around '94/'95, back then the dealer I bought my Sprint900 from organised it and was free, Bruno Tagliaferri (sales director at the time I think) was on hand for any questions.
    A few of the snaps I took at the time, it was a busy place back then.

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  2. Adie P

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    All sounds a bit like a pissing up the wall competition - it isn't meant to I can assure you - but I went in (I think) 1992 or early '93.

    I was an "early adopter" having bought a 900 Trident as soon as I'd seen one pre-launch at the 1991 Motorcycle Show launch. I was invited to join a small group (5 or 6 customers and 2 shop sales people) organised by Bridge M/Cs., Exeter. We rode up as a group and arrived late morning to be greeted (at the original Hinckley factory) by a senior manager who showed us into the Boardroom where coffee was provided. The manager asked us a few questions then briefed us about what we could expect to see on the tour. We were told that we could ask staff any questions providing it didn't interrupt their work but we did have to stay together as a group and follow a 'tour leader'. We were also informed that we weren't allowed to see 2 areas of the factory which remained "secret" ... I think they were Design and the engine coating area - this latter being a new and unique process. Before we left the Boardroom for the tour, Bruno Tagliaferri came in to the room to tell us something of the plans and proposals for the factory, its products and the brand, and he invited questions which, I seem to recall, were plentiful and varied.

    We were then led around the whole factory - except for the restricted areas - and the absolute highlight (for me, personally) was seeing the fuel tanks having gold pinstripes applied by hand. What a skill and what a link to the history of the brand.

    It was a really great day out - interesting, informative and, well, inspirational in a way, though I was a Meriden Triumph fanatic before I also became a Hinckley Triumph fanatic. Luckily I now own both. Life is good. :)
     
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  3. Bikerman

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    Such a shame that the powers that be, decided to make over 250 people ( I think that was the figure ) redundant and move it all to Thailand. Still I know nothing about running a big company. I do think that a lot of people have turned to another brand as a result of their decision. A friend of mine wanted an adventure style bike, I said the Tiger 900 right away, he said that Triumph didn't support British workers, and he felt that they displayed no loyalty to British people,
    ( my friend owns and runs a multi million pound company ). He went and bought an Africa Twin instead.
     
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  4. Bikerman

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    These photos were taken at Triumph Live back in 2014. Sadly Triumph have never had another one since, why I have no idea.
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  5. Oldskool

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    Oh great. I am going on Saturday….I was really looking forward to it but you have successfully lowered my expectations..and it was my birthday treat to myself…my only hope is that it the weather stays fine and I can make it a ride out anyway. Thanks for the review. Best to go expecting little …..Might buy a tee shirt to cheer myself up.,
     
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    As an aside , I have done the Ducati Factory tour. Now that IS worth doing. As is a stay in Bologna. What an amazing city and just superb food. We tied it in with the Misano MotoGP and took the train from Bologna to Misano on race day and back in the evening. Amazing days…
     
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  7. TEZ 217

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    Don't be to down hearted old school maybe give us your review also,
    be good to hear a second opinion of the tour as I also am expecting a visit at sometime.
     
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  8. Bikerman

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    Well I hope that you'll have a great day out.
    It won't matter what I thought of it, as long as you enjoy it, that's all that matters.
     
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  9. Dougie D

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    Like @Col_C i too got an invite from Triumph to visit the factory in 93,they paid for overnight in a Hotel for us ( we were setting off from "Two Wheels" the Edinburgh Triumph dealer ) Bruno Tagliaferri was also answering any questions from us. i was planning on going back at some point but not sure now.
    Do they only make the TFC models their now?
     
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    Yes, I think the TFC models are the only ones they make there now. :(
     
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  11. Riggers

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    Be really good to hear your opinion mate, in comparison to our experience.

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  12. Neal H

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    Be positive chaps. It sounds like they are gearing the factory up to start producing some bikes in Hinckley again - that’s good news.
     
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  13. TEZ 217

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    How did your factory tour go then @Oldskool come on tell us all, good or bad
     
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  14. Oldskool

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    Evening all.
    It was an eventful trip. But a very good trip…I started out from home on the RS with a plan to meet two mates who I’d got tickets for for the factory trip.
    First text of the day and One of them cried off and decided to take his car as he had picked up a bad back through his work. Even though I’d checked the forecast and the weather was supposed to be good, as I left home around 08.00 it decided to start raining. Great… it’s not fully light, tinted visor and roads sprinkled with rain looking slippery as feck…and old super corsas on the bike that I planned to replace next spring…the tyres that is, not the bike!
    Anyways, steady ride along the A413 towards Buckingham and gradually it stopped spitting with rain. Headed up to the Super Sausage cafe for my meet up and a breakfast bap. All good then..
    But no, off we set after brekkies and half way to Hinckley my other mate collects a puncture. So from 3 bikes down to one..

    But when I finally made it the Tour was great. Ian was our guide and as it was a Saturday there was little going on. But Ian knew how to tell the story and he explained that there is production coming back to Hinckley. The exact details are still a work in progress and they are not sure which bikes will become part of the Hinckley line up. There is also a major hold up in getting parts for the production line so they have very little stock at present. Ian talked us through the smart tooling process that they are putting in place and all in all I thought it was value for money. We could see the Cranks being finished and the paint spray booths etc etc. Also it was nice to tour the museum as well. The coffee in the cafe was ok as well…
    And better than that I had an absolutely belting ride home in balmy weather, blasting down the A5 and across to the A413. I enjoyed the ride back almost as much as the tour. It confirmed to me that as we have had such a rubbish year for biking( lockdown and crap weather for most of the summer ) I still,love being out on the Speed Triple RS

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  15. Oldskool

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    Top Secret inside spy photo…:cool:

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  16. Bikerman

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    Glad that you had a good time, even after a few incidents.
     
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  17. TEZ 217

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    Thanks oldshool it gives another insight into the tour, but being honest and looking secretly at your secret photo it does seem not to be as it should be really, kind of a bargain market sale with nowt on any of the stalls.:mad::mad::p
    Glad you enjoyed the ride though eventually.:D
     
  18. Oldskool

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    we were told not to take any photos…..but I sneaked that one. There are quite a few bikes on the ground and in various stages of progress. Many of the new Speed Triple RR’s were being prepped for the magazine roadtest fleets etc etc. There were quite a few things going on and it gave me a feel of what is going on now and what will be going on in the future. It appears that the supply chain issues are slowing things down dramatically as they are in the car world. It’s a combination of the Suez problem, Brexit, drivers , Covid and many more things added into the mix. But the exciting thing is that Triumph sales are going really well and manufacturing is coming back to Hinckley
     
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