1960s Triumph Bonneville

The Bike That Changed My Life

By Greg Brew

Rider: Greg Brew
Now: Industrial Design Director, Polaris/Victory
Then: Four-year-old boy, discovering motorcycles for the first time

"When I was a little kid growing up in Prescott, Arizona, just a few years old, my dad took care of some motorcycles for a friend of his, just for the summer. One was a Honda Scrambler, with the high pipes, and the other was a Triumph Bonneville. That Triumph was in some ways my first bike-I did 1000 miles in my mind on that thing, sitting up there making motorcycle noises with my feet sticking off the saddle! Even today, when I think motorcycle, that Triumph is still the first thing I think of. I've got a soft spot for Triumphs to this day. I was just reading a magazine article about the new Thunderbird, and that was making me think again about Triumphs, and how I need to have one. I've ridden vintage Bonnevilles, but I haven't owned one yet. One of these days, I will. I still look at them all the time. When I was at the New York motorcycle show where we released the CORE, I met these guys from a shop that does nothing but Triumph bobbers. I spent a ton of time talking to them, so maybe someday sooner than later..."

By Greg Brew
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