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 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 you are all aware, Covid-19 has prevented most people from socializing in the way they are accustomed. Since MTR is a motorcycle social club, it has really prevented us from functioning at our fullest extent. We have tried to keep in touch with members through the newsletters, the website and zoom meetings but none of these venues seem to keep all the members in touch.

   This situation has concerned me and the rest of the officers. We feel since we have not been able to fully function and provide members with the club’s social activities, we decided to give all active members a discount on dues for next year.

  Starting now through January 31, 2021, all current members can renew their membership for $10. This is for all members currently in good standing, including people that have the newsletter mailed to them. New members must still pay $25. Please submit your dues via the MTR mailbox, P.O. Box 700521 Plymouth MI 48170.

   Please pass this information on to any members you know, as we are still having trouble communicating with all members.

   Recap of 12/13/20 zoom meeting- we went over the above info on dues. Under my protest, we have postponed elections for six months. Hoping by then, we can meet in person.

-- Cliff


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 Foundation, as well as club activities.    

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


Who We Support


Upcoming events

16 May 2021 10:00 AM • Stingers 49110 Grand River Ave, Wixom, MI 48393
12 Jun 2021 9:00 AM • 6965 Hickory Rd. Hickory Corners, MI 49060
25 Jun 2021 • OLEY FAIRGROUNDS 26 Jefferson St. Oley, PA 19547

Recent blog posts

Recent forum updates

07 May 2021 4:58 PM • Don Woods
20 Apr 2021 3:39 PM • Cliff Opalewski
20 Apr 2021 3:24 PM • Cliff Opalewski

Secretary's Scribbles

The next Battle of the Brits is scheduled for September 13, 2020, at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan, has been Cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus.

If you own a British (or European, or pre-1984 American) bike, please consider entering it in next year's show on September 12, 2021.

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.

2019 marked our seventh 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, Cliff Opalewski, for his hard work throughout the year and on show day; to our treasurer, Rick Jones, for keeping things running smoothly; and to our vice-president, Bob Harris, for his tireless work with our all-important sponsors.

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 17 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 2021!

--Peter Gareffa



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