Triumph was of all things British but had a background of German origin. In 1886 a German gentleman called Bettman named his company the Triumph Cycle Company and was later re-named the New Triumph Co.Ltd. In 1902 the new company produced it's first motorcycle and fitted with a Begian unit. The following year sales topped 500, amazingly good for those days. By the mid-1920s Triumph had grown into one of Britain's leading motorcycle and car makers, with a 500,000 square feet plant producing up to 30,000 motorcycles and cars each year. Read full story Please login to see links and more information..