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Inside Triumph Motorcycles Hinkley Factory Photo Gallery
Triumph has made more than 500,000 motorcycles sinces its rebirth in Hinkely.
Take a look at how Triumph makes its distinctive Triple and Twin-powered motorcycles in the Inside Triumph Motorcycles Hinkley Factory photo gallery.
Triumph's Hinkely headquarters house its main production effort, with two engine assembly lines and one chassis line.
The first step in the production process is gathering the required parts from a pick list.
The Hinkley site holds a vast warehouse of components. Triumph reckons more than 50% of the parts are built in house, mostly at its Thai facilities.
Workers are responsible for the constanst resupply of parts based off the production work order.
CNC machines pare down the raw forgings of crankshafts, camshafts, cylinder heads and other engine parts are machined to exacting tolerances.
Critical internal engine parts undergo heat and plasma nitriding processes to enhance durability.
Engine prouction line - Hinkley Factory 2.
Hinkely’s Factory 2 supports two engine assembly lines. The first builds the 1050 Triple.
The second engine assembly line at the Hinkley is dedicated to the massive Rocket III, T-16 Thunderbird Twin and 800cc Triple powering the Tiger 800.
The Triumph Thunderbird's T-16 Parallel Twin directly challenges the Big Twins from Milwaukee.
The engine assembly process includes quality control checks.
About 80 line workers put the powerplants together, with an engine completed every 85 seconds.
Two engine lines at Hinkley are complemented by the chassis line, which spits out finished bike every two minutes and 25 seconds.
The bikes quickly take form after the frame and engine are mated.
Rear swingarm and suspension components are added, with the front end attached shortly thereafter.
A Triumph worker attaches the clutch lever assembly at the Hinkley Factory 2.
A subassembly station feeds the wheels and tires to the main line, where they are ratcheted into place.
Factory 2 can assemble about 200 motorcycles every day. That’s one every 2 minutes and 25 seconds rolling off the chassis line during peak production.
Final assembly is where the unique nature of the Triumph process is most visible. Rocket IIIs share the line with Tiger 800s, Thunderbirds and other models.
A new Triumph rolls off the production line at Hinkley.
Bodywork and components like fuel tanks and fenders are finished at the Triumph paint shop, which is located in the original Factory 1.
Triumph fuel tanks and fenders are hand-painted.
Visual inspections ensure flaws are either discarded and redone, or polished out by hand.
The most experienced technicians dabbing down the pinstripes and patterns on special models.
Once completed on the chassis line bikes roll onto the dyno for a “rolling road” evaluation.
The dyno run checks to ensure engine performance benchmarks are met.
A Rocket III is ready to roll...
Since its rebirth, Triumph Motorcycles has churned out more than a half million new bikes in its 21-year history.
The last step out the factory door comes inside specially designed metal crates, which are returned for reuse at the facility.
T-Bird just needs some finishing touches before it gets fired up and tested on the rolling road dyno.
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