Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 27th February 2018

Triumph is one of the world’s best known motorbike manufacturers, with its heritage spanning decades. The company recently partnered with famous British artist Dean Stockton, also known as D*Face for a special custom motorbike exhibition. Called ‘The Spirit of ‘59,’ the display celebrates 1959, which was an important milestone for art, music and culture. Stockton worked with the Triumph team at their headquarters in Hinckley, where he customised three unique machines, and each model is from Triumph’s Modern Classic range. The motorbikes are a Bonneville Thruxton R, a Bonneville Bobber Black and a Bonneville T120.


Each motorbike has an original paint job that reflects the style of 1959. The first motorbike has a black and white checkered front that’s reminiscent of a classic racing flag, while the second features a golden ‘59’ logo on the side. The numbers go well with the blue and white paint. The third bike has a black and yellow paintwork with a demonic face on the side.


As a multimedia street artist, Stockton has employed his knowledge of stickers, posters and stencils to create beautiful machines. It’s easy to see why his murals and exhibitions have been featured around the world. Stockton has said “riding a custom bike is about standing for what you believe in. It’s about expressing that part of yourself that separates you from the rest of the crowd. Triumph has undoubtedly been a fundamental part of that culture for 59 years and I am delighted to be able to play a part in their story and British motorcycle history.”


Triumph Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Stroud is also very happy with the collaboration. “Triumph Motorcycles has always been linked with the era of freedom that exploded in ‘59 with the iconic Bonneville T120 and what it represented. First launched in ‘58, the original Bonnie changed the face of motorcycling across the world and created a legend. The collaboration with D*Face, a genuine creative trailblazer, celebrates the attitude of individuality we feel lives on today in the culture that surrounds us and of course in every Triumph.”


Vimal Sumbly, Managing Director of Triumph Motorcycles India has given his opinion as well. “We are extremely happy to celebrate the Spirit of ‘59 theme at Triumph Motorcycles. This is an amazing way to showcase what the modern classic range of motorcycles is all about. The iconic ‘59 Triumph Bonneville encapsulated this spirit and passion for life, inspiring legions of riders from movie stars to cafe racers and a whole motorcycle movement.”


There’s good news for Triumph fans as anyone who takes a modern classic test ride between February 7th and April 30th 2018 has the chance to win one of these unique motorbikes.


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