Hinckley’s 500,000th bike

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This rather tacky Triumph Speed Triple is the 500,000th bike produced since real estate tycoon John Bloor revived the company in 1990. Painted red, white and blue with a new manufacturing process used to create the crinkle effect, the Triple wears a “500,000” icon on its tank. Comedian Ross Noble will be taking it touring around England, Scotland and Wales to mark the milestone, throwing out marketing buzzwords like “Twitter” along the way.

  • HammSammich

    Spiderman, Spiderman…does whatever a spider can…

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

      Spins a web, any size, catches thieves just like flies. LOOK OUT! Here comes the Spider-man.

      • Kevin

        I have love in my heart for you guys.

    • Denzel

      …and if not Spidey, then at least ’71 George Hamilton Evel Knievel…

  • BenP

    And they’re threatening to use this paint technique on future models as well…

  • Frosty_spl

    Spider pig, spider pig, does whatever a spider pig does.

  • Sean Smith

    Paint like this is really popular with the indigenous people of the ‘hood over hear in Inglewood. They only got it 25% right though, what it really needs are some TV screens, chrome rims and an extended swingarm.

  • JonB

    It looks like a guitar/mountain bike/bad dream from the 80s.

    • Thom

      Too True !

  • slash5alive

    Move over Austin Powers! Let’s see here, personal effects: One Triumph penis pump; urban colored. “No that’s not mine, really” Sir, it says right here, crinkle finish… “No, no really, that’s not mine”.

    • HammSammich


  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    The “Crinkle” effect is pretty cool, but I do not like the colors at all. Crinkle black and Roulette green, I could see that.

    • Mr.Paynter


      Even Crinkled black and matt grey or something as subdued!

  • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

    Great, now I’m gonna have Primus in my head all day.

    • Kevin

      I saw them open for Rush on their Roll the Bones tour. They kept saying, “We are Primus, and we suck!”

  • Kevin

    Way to go Triumph. Making a full line of bikes, each of which is competitive in its class and are priced well. Why can’t we have a Triumph here in America?

    • Thom

      Huh !

      Am I missing something ?

      We do have Triumph in the US . Have had for years .

      • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

        I believe the dream is of an American manufacturer that makes a full line of bikes, each of which are competitive and priced well. An American equivalent to Triumph.

        • Kevin

          Yes… hence “Why can’t we have *a* Triumph” and not “Why can’t we have Triumph.”

          • Thom

            Gotcha !

  • Thom

    Lets have a look see here .

    Take one comedian .

    Plunk him on an OTT painted Triumph

    Send him around the UK on a semi useless promotional tour

    Hmmn .

    Completely apposite ( look it up before you assume )

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    Ok, who let Eddie Van Halen design a bike?!

  • Deep6Dive

    Just when you thought the 2011 Speed Triple couldn’t get any more horrid, they do this. The colour is almost has horrid as the comedian thats going to attempt to ride it. I’m really thinking motorcycle companies have become completely ignorant of their consumers.

    • 1

      Yeah, what a huge aesthetic disappointment the 2011 model is. Where did the british cool go? Idiots, who wants a Triumph with a Jap bike make-over??? This ‘special’ example above is a culture puke.

      Lucky the Peirobon F402 Street has been made, but even that needs a headlight replacement.

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  • John

    I was wondering why Prince William went with a Ducati. Makes perfect sense now.

  • robotribe

    It’s fuck-all ugly because they knew no one would want it. That way, it would remain in possession of the company FOREVER.

  • occam

    This is the opposite of what my jet black 2009 Speed Triple is about.

  • frankieapples

    I hope I don’t open up a can of flame here, but seeing this makes me think of how little I care for our flag here in the US. I never see it represented well, and the colors always look gaudy to me. Now in flag form it is fine, but I wish there was a way to represent it better artistically instead of the hats made to sell at a gas-station way.