Welcome British Motorcycle Enthusiasts!

Mark your calendar: 38th annual Battle of the Brits

September 13, 2020

Click Here for a List of 2019 BOB_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 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

“The President’s role here is curious, since his job has little to do with power, a lot to do with distracting people from the real sources of power.” 

-- The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.


This may help explain why I’m the president of MTR again. I really believe the actual power are the members themselves. So, if there is distraction involved, I’m sure I can provide what we need. If I have a problem doing that, I can always defer to our vice president, Bob Harris, who usually does a pretty good job of distracting people himself.

I hope you become involved with the motorcycle events and functions we put together for the coming riding season. If you think of things you want the club to become do, bring them up at the meeting or email any of the officers. We are always looking for something new to keep things interesting.

And if you're not an MTR member yet, consider joining our club. Our monthly meetings, newsletter, and events -- not to mention the wealth of information and support -- make the low cost of membership more than worth it.

Get your butt on your bike! Ride safe, and support your local Triumph rider. 

-- 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

12 Jul 2020 10:00 AM • Kerby's Coney Island 5407 Crooks Rd, Troy, MI 48098
24 Jul 2020 • Blackhawk Farms Raceway; South Beloit, IL
31 Jul 2020 • 61414 Phoenix Rd South Haven, MI 49090

Recent blog posts

Recent forum updates

05 Oct 2016 10:18 AM • Chuck Norman
01 Jul 2020 7:41 PM • Cliff Opalewski
22 Jun 2020 9:22 PM • Cliff Opalewski

Secretary's Scribbles

The next Battle of the Brits is scheduled for September 13, 2020, 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.

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 2020!

--Peter Gareffa



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