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We're a group of riders and enthusiasts based in the greater DC area. This site is meant to serve as a gathering place for information on meet ups, rides, and garage information.

We Ain’t Just Triumph

The site may be called DC TRIUMPH, but we love all bikes (well, there is a slight bias against CanAms). Ducati, Honda, Yamaha, BMW, Triumph, Suzuki, and even Harley-Davidson.

End of 2014 Group Ride

| December 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

My updates on DCtriumph.com have been slow lately (Our Facebook Page is much more active). The weather has chilled and the cover on Evie stays on more than I’d like – but that doesn’t mean we’re winterizing yet! This past Wednesday night was our December Pints + Pistons at The Queen Vic with a fun documentary on Meatball from Hell on Wheels called Brittown. Sunday (12/14) was a beautiful weather day by comparison – and Joe Ordona organized the perfect ride from Ballston to Clifton, VA – then on to Mount Vernon and back to DC. Eight bikes took the curves with us and we had a blast. Thanks to everyone who came out and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our riding friends. We’ll do this again if we find a 50 degree + day soon!

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The DC Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Video

| October 17th, 2014 | No Comments »

September 28, 2014 was an amazing ride. 85 bikes with suit-wearing riders traveling the length of the GW Parkway and tearing up the U.S. Capitol. Raising $8558 for Prostate Cancer. There are amazing photos from the event, but I present to you the official video from the ride. I appreciate everyone offering up photos and GoPro footage. Thanks to Tim Matkosky of Autumn-O Films for bringing his camera along for the ride and editing this all together.

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Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride DC 2014

| September 28th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Wow… It’s been a crazy day. It is a lot of work to be Distinguished all day – but damn was it fun. The third annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has hit an amazing goal of $1.4 MILLION dollars for Prostate Cancer Research. That’s simply amazing and thanks go to all our riders and the gents of the Sydney Cafe Racers in Australia who masterminded the whole thing. We’ll have a better write-up soon, but I wanted to get photos up ASAP. If you have photos or video to share, please email links to kevin@dctriumph.com.

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Time to Dress Up | Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2014

| August 28th, 2014 | No Comments »

We’re dry cleaning our jackets, pressing our shirts and spit-polishing our shoes. One month from today, we’re suiting up and riding as part of the DC Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2014. Over 50 riders on retro inspired bikes touring through DC and Old Town. Last year, the international ride raised over $277.000 for The Prostate Cancer Foundation and this year we want to go further. The goal is $1 million worldwide! The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in 2012 in Australia. Inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit, it was decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles and bring the niche motorcycle communities together. That first ride brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used

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2nd Annual Motorcycle Film Festival Coming Next Month

| August 26th, 2014 | No Comments »

I know I’m guilty. I’ve been sitting at my desk at work and find myself avoiding said work with a motorcycle video on the web. A quick, heart-thumping soundtrack and some spinning tires are just the trick to help me relive my weekend rides. With the proliferation of video technology and talented creatives, it’s fairly obvious that there needs to be a Motorcycle Film Festival. A group of motorcyclists and independent filmmakers in NYC have done just that – and we’re coming up on the 2nd Annual Motorcycle Film Festival in Brooklyn. The festival will feature official screenings of short- and feature-length documentaries and narratives alongside more experimental films. Other events include screenings of classic films, filmmaker talks, an art exhibition, bands, bowling, and more! On the final day, a distinguished panel of judges comprising filmmakers, writers, custom builders, and esteemed motorcycle enthusiasts will select winners from each film category.

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Charm City Mods Vs Rockers, a Damp Good Time!

| August 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Ok… I wimped out. I kept my 2 wheeled steed under its rain cover today and took the 4-wheeled cage to Baltimore. Luckily, Jodi Mahardi and Travis Williams did not fear the drizzle and suited up to make the run from Dangerously Delicious Pies to the Fifth Annual Charm City Mods vs Rockers. Our adventurous friend, Laura “Spoffy” Spofford, brought out her 1989 Honda for some puddle jumping, as well. Alan Feinman, Tim Carter and their entire team put together a top-notch event and this year was no different. I was impressed by the excitement and turn-out, even though the weather was sub-optimal. Great food, great drinks, great music, and great bikes along with fun contests & demos. The guys from the newly formed conglomerate, 515 Moto were on hand. Jeff of Saint Motor Company was talking up his glowing electric paint jobs. Rich of Lowside Magazine was spreading the

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GUEST REVIEW Biltwell Bonanza and Bell 500

| July 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Editor Note: I asked reader Steve Parvin to share his recent bout of helmet shopping. The opinions below are those of Steve alone… If you wanna share your gear reviews or tips, email kevin@dctriumph.com I haven’t ridden since 1989. From 1977 until then I only had a motorcycle. No other mode of transportation. In all that time, I never wore a helmet… Living in the state of California – which has more laws than sense – everything has changed. So when I picked up my latest ride, a 2003 Triumph America, I had to start the search for a helmet. I went down to the huge motorcycle box store, that must be a block long, to try on helmets. Terrifying. The selection was immense. I like the wind in my face and the sounds of the road, so narrowed my choices to open face helmets. Tried on a lot of

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On Any “Other” Sunday (The Classic Movie Redone)

| May 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

The Brown family is legendary when it comes to adventure sport movies. Pick a genre of cool sport (Surfing, Skiing, Motorcycling) and Bruce Brown has probably done an amazing doc on it. As Red Bull put it, On Any Sunday is the “Citizen Kane” of motorcycle documentaries. Passing the torch to his sun, Dana Brown, the legend continues with On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter. Read more about the filming here… Just this two minute trailer has us ready to camp out for movie tickets. Stay tuned for more this fall!

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How I Learned to Stop Cafe-ing and Love the Tiger

| April 28th, 2014 | No Comments »

When I arrived at Triumph Manassas, the first smiling face I saw was Ken Davis, the majority owner and manager of the shop. Ken has been in this business for a while. He’s been selling refurbished BMW’s and other luxury vehicles in the Manassas area for more than 20 years. It started as a hobby, and has proven quite lucrative it seems. Enough so, that Ken decided to make a business of one his other passions motorcycles. Ken formed a relationship with Triumph when the financial world was going to hell back in ’08. They kept in touch and finally made the Manassas location happen earlier this year. And lucky for us they did. If you are mulling over a new ride, go and check out the store; they have one of everything, and encourage you to take them for a spin, even if the bike in question is Ken’s

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Dipping My Foot in the “Non-Cafe” Pool

| April 27th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

I should start this post with a statement of fact. I love my Bonneville. Evie – yeah, I named her Evie – is the first motorcycle I’ve ever owned. She’s good to look at and a blast to ride. I don’t see myself getting rid of her any time soon… All that being said, when I decided to tag along with Alex – to pick up his new ride – I couldn’t help but “eye” a few of other bikes at Triumph Manassas. Realizing that my 6’6″ frame makes me look like a circus bear on my Black Bonnie, I have often pondered what might be a bigger alternative. Alex’s choice of a Tiger XC (story to come) had me thinking of a Tiger – and a quick sit on an Explorer on the showroom floor at Chesapeake Cycle  a few weeks ago only fed that idea. While Alex was

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