In 1885 the founder of Triumph, siegfried bettmann started the company using his own name. Mostly an importer of bicycles in 1886 he changed the name to triumph because it was a name more people could identify with. In 1889 Bettman began producing his own bicycles in Coventry, England. It wasn't until 1898 that Triumph considered manufacturing their own motorcycles. In 1902 with the financial backing of a wealthy German friend and Dunlop pneumatic tyre in 1902 the first Triumph motorcycle rolls out of the factory With a Belgian Minerva engine.