Welcome British Motorcycle Enthusiasts!

Mark your calendar: 35th annual Battle of the Brits, September 10, 2017

Click Here for a List of 2016 Battle of the Brits Winners

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

Wow, what a great Battle of the Brits! It was a beautiful day, the turnout was good, and the quality of the bikes was amazing! The weather was perfect, with sunny skies and warm temperatures. I would like to thank everyone who helped make the 2016 B.O.B. a wonderful event. Camp Dearborn, our fantastic sponsors, all the vendors, the members and non-members who brought out their bikes, and all of the folks who worked to make our show one of the best British bike shows in the country. Special thanks need to be given to our chairman, Peter Gareffa. His Herculean efforts make the B.O.B. such a magnificent event.

It is effort on the part of many people that makes the club work. All of the photos in this newsletter were supplied by David Levin, and this is the level of involvement we need from all our members! I have had no submissions for quite a while, and I need articles from the members to keep the newsletter fresh. I would like to publish more technical articles, and I am not the guy to write them. If you have an interesting ride story, current project, or mechanical issue please submit a story.



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

13 Nov 2016 10:00 AM (EST) • Kerby's Coney Island 5407 Crooks Rd, Troy, MI 48098
11 Dec 2016 10:00 AM (EST) • Kerby's Coney Island 5407 Crooks Rd, Troy, MI 48098
17 Dec 2016 6:00 PM (EST) • 9318 Newburgh Road, Livonia, MI

Recent blog posts

Recent forum updates

05 Oct 2016 10:18 AM • Chuck Norman
12 Oct 2016 7:03 AM • Don Woods

Secretary's Scribbles

The next Battle of the Brits is scheduled for September 10, 2017, 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.

2016 marked our fourth year at Camp Dearborn, and I think it’s fair to say it was a great success. There aren't many events where you can find such a large and diverse selection of spectacular motorcycles.

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 19 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 2017!

--Peter Gareffa



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