Welcome British Motorcycle Enthusiasts!

Mark your calendar: 34th annual Battle of the Brits, September 11, 2016

Click here for 2016 Battle of the Brits flyer and entry form.

Who We Are

Welcome to the Metro Triumph Riders, a group of Detroit-area bike enthusiasts dedicated to the care and feeding of all makes of British motorcycles, old and new. We are a nonprofit Michigan corporation, an affiliate of the American Motorcyclist Association, with membership open to anyone interested in motorcycles manufactured in England.

The Metro Triumph Riders support ownership of our beloved British motorcycles through monthly meetings, frequent technical repair and maintenance sessions, club rides, picnics, and our annual show, the Battle of the Brits, held the second Sunday in September. Our information-packed monthly newsletter helps keep members informed of upcoming meetings and events, and includes valuable technical articles and columns of interest to all fans of these distinctive British bikes.
Enjoy browsing our site! Check out our photos, meet our club officers, read about our events, and if you’re interested in joining the Metro Triumph Riders then please open the membership section of the web site and submit your membership application. Or just drop by one of our monthly meetings and say hi!

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President's Corner

As usual Summer is barreling along. We are all busy and it is hard to keep up with the many events that take place this time of year. Wauseon, Mid Ohio, Vintage races, our picnic at Detroit Triumph and many other functions. It is time to get ready for the pre-Woodward Cruise ride to Hunter House on August 16, 6:00PM at 35075 Woodward Ave. Birmingham MI 48009.

We will be holding our annual Battle of the Brits on September 11, 2016. It will be at Camp Dearborn, in Milford. We will need all the volunteers we can get to keep our event running smoothly. We will be discussing all issues at our August 14th meeting, so please try to attend. We will also have the BOB pass out cards available to help get the word out to as many people as possible. As a member, try to bring out as many of your bikes as possible. The more the better!



Treasurer's Topics

Each year we want to at least break even financially on Battle of the Brits, and hope to do a little better than that to help support Children's Hospital of Michigan as well as club activities.    

So from a financial perspective our second BOB at Camp Dearborn was successful. Our experiences at our new home give us confidence looking ahead to next year and beyond.


Who We Support


Upcoming events

26 Aug 2016 7:00 PM (EDT) • (Downtown) Owosso, Michigan 48867
01 Sep 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • Cliff's house, see the member list for his address.
11 Sep 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Camp Dearborn 1700 General Motors Rd., Milford, MI 48380

Recent blog posts

Recent forum updates

17 Jun 2015 8:46 PM • Ron Pruette
12 Aug 2016 7:13 AM • Don Woods

Secretary's Scribbles

Click here for 2016 Battle of the Brits flyer and entry form.

The next Battle of the Brits is scheduled for September 11, 2016, at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan.

If you own a British (or European, or pre-1984 American) bike, please consider entering it. There are always plenty of great bikes and cars to look at, as well as food, vendors, and a chance to catch up with old friends or meet new ones.

Last year's event marked our third year at Camp Dearborn, and I think it’s fair to say it was a great success.

We had 168 motorcycles entered -- 25 more than the previous year, including 31 that had never been in the show before and 14 in the Master Class, our second-most ever.

The new Original/Survivor Class was a hit, with 8 great motorcycles displaying the kind of patina that is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Many thanks to our chief judge, Lindsay Brooke, for making this happen. Obviously, we're continuing this class for 2016.

Thanks to our sponsors and vendors for their support, to the bike owners who brought out their fine machines to share with us, and to all the MTR members and friends who worked so hard to make it happen.

Thanks, especially, to MTR president, Cal Norman, for his hard work and support; to our treasurer, Rick Jones, for keeping things running smoothly; to Bob Harris, for his tireless work with our all-important sponsors; and to our vice-president, Cliff Opalewski, who does ... well, practically everything!

There seems to be a misconception among some people that the Battle of the Brits is purely a concours show for “trailer queens.” But anyone who has been to a BOB knows better.

While our Master Class does feature some very fine original, restored, or custom British motorcycles, there are 22 other classes for a wide variety of bikes, modern and classic. And the vast majority of them are ridden to the event.

Let’s dust off some of those motorcycles hidden away in garages and share them with the public in 2016!

--Peter Gareffa


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