• The Duke of Cambridge gets a taste of the Triumph Tiger 1200 XRT

  • Prince William unveiling the factory experience
  • Commemorative fuel tank emblazoned with the Union Jack
  • Prince William badging a Tiger on the production line
  • He visited the £6million ($8.4 million) paint shop
  • Rode the Tiger 1200 XRT
  • Prince Willian threw a leg on the brand's flagship ADV

Prince William unveiled the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience

Triumph has been the oldest British motorcycle manufacturer that has a rich 115 years of heritage. Expressing this to the world, the Hinckley firm has built a brand new Factory Visitor Center for £4million ($5.3 million) spanning across eight distinctly-themed areas that combine to create a full Triumph experience.

Officially opening this Factory Experience to the public, Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge got to ride on the brand’s newly updated flagship Adventure touring motorcycle, the Triumph Tiger 1200 XRT. Both Prince William and his younger brother Harry have been motorcycle enthusiasts, and both own an impressive fleet of machines on two wheels.

The Duke of Cambridge gets a taste of the Triumph Tiger 1200 XRT
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Prince William unveiling the factory experience

To celebrate world-class British vehicle manufacturing, research and development, the Duke of Cambridge toured the Triumph manufacturing plant that employees a strong 900 and odd workforce. His tour included a visit to the swanky new £6million ($8.4 million) paint shop and the largest assembly line in the history of British motorcycling that dispatches 67,000 bikes per year.

He even placed a Triumph badge on one of the Tigers on the production line before he could actually throw a leg on the top-of-the-range Tiger 1200 XRT for a spin. Triumph recently gave their 2018 Tiger range a host of bells and whistles that will boast of having it ’Transformed,’ with a ’New Tiger Triple Engine’ and ’New Tiger Technology.’

The Duke of Cambridge gets a taste of the Triumph Tiger 1200 XRT
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Prince Willian threw a leg on the brand's flagship ADV
The Duke of Cambridge gets a taste of the Triumph Tiger 1200 XRT
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Rode the Tiger 1200 XRT

Finishing his ride within the factory spaces, you can hear him gloat ”Not long enough! Give us a track!”

He then officially opened the Factory Visitor Experience by unveiling a commemorative fuel tank emblazoned with the Union Jack. Showcasing the brand’s achievements in design, engineering, racing and popular culture, the visitor center will allow fans to get behind the scene through both historic and modern era of motorcycles and legends riding them.

The Duke of Cambridge gets a taste of the Triumph Tiger 1200 XRT
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Prince William badging a Tiger
on the production line
The Duke of Cambridge gets a taste of the Triumph Tiger 1200 XRT
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He visited the £6million ($8.4 million) paint shop

The experience will have you come close to the first model to be produced by Triumph, the No1 from 1902 and many rare and unique models including a 1919 Triumph ‘Trusty’ Model H used during the First World War, the 1959 Bonneville that shook the world and all of the brand’s legends with the Hurricane X75, T595 Trident and original ‘94 Speed Triple.

You will also be made accustomed to the bikes used in some of the greatest Hollywood flicks. One of them is the Bonneville used by the legendary Steve McQueen in The Great Escape restored to working order. Then you’ll see the Speed Triple ridden by Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 2 as well.

The Duke of Cambridge gets a taste of the Triumph Tiger 1200 XRT
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Commemorative fuel tank
emblazoned with the Union Jack

The factory visit will be free of charge. The 90-minute factory tour, however, can be booked online in advance for £15 ($20) per person.

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