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History Of The Triumph

from . JG Mashino

In 1902 the motorcycle emerged from Coventry works. Known as ‘No 1′, it was essentially a bicycle with a 2.25bhp engine hung from the down tube. By 1905 the 3HP featuring a 363cc single side-valve engine, was born.

It was the Model 3HP produced a heady at 1,500rpm and had a top speed of around

An Isle of Man TT win the same year underlined Triumph’s reliability and worthiness. As was said at the time, Triumph’s started, and eight

By the outbreak of the First World War the A, as it was known, had a 550cc engine out 40hp. The British Government orders with Triumph in to equip army dispatch at the front. The now legendary Triumph H was pressed into service late 1914 onwards in the face of the mud and misery that for its riders in the Great War, itself the nickname ‘the

With a capacity of 550cc the SD was too big to enter the Senior TT so Triumph an all-new single cylinder of 500cc capacity. The ‘Riccy as it became known, went on to many world speed including the flying mile a speed of 83.91mph.

Other followed including the basic P, which sold 20,000 and the TT (or Two Valve, as it was called), which the mainstay of Triumph’s range.

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1937 proved a landmark for Triumph with the launch of a of revamped singles (known as together with the remarkable Speed Twin (T100). model revolutionized motorcycling it well, ran well, had a reported top of over 90mph and simply everything a modern motorcycle be.

The outbreak of WWII put a different on Triumphs commercial aspirations, as all was geared up for the armed services. A 350cc twin the 3TW was on the blocks and as the standard service bike on the night of the 14th November the Triumph factory was completely in the blitz of Coventry.

Post war the range on sale of three models — the 100 and Speed Twin plus the touring 349cc 3T and in 1946 Ernie Lyons won the Manx Prix on a Tiger 100, a host of Nortons.

The 1950s was a decade for Triumph, although it with the sale of the firm to BSA. Triumph continued to be run however and in 1953 a new breed of bike arrived with the of the 149cc OHV Terrier. The 199cc Cub followed a year later, proved a massively popular

The same year also saw the of the Tiger 110, in essence a makeover of the 649cc Thunderbird but with swinging arm rear and a bigger front brake.

Two later Johnny Allen set a new motorcycle speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats a 649cc Triumph engine in a vehicle. His record was rejected, due to timing gear problems but it one of Triumph’s most famous ever, the T120 Bonneville.

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