1949 Triumph Speed Twin


When you talk about Triumphs, most times you talk about the 1960’s Bonneville. A bike that dominated the landscape of imports, and had the power to back it up. What followed lead the Triumph company into bankruptcy and the end of motorcycles. But if you know your Triumph history, there could never have been a Bonneville without a Speed Twin. This 1949 Triumph Speed Twin comes in a great deep red/maroon, and it is what the Bonneville became.


From the seller

This is a very nice 1949 Triumph Speed Twin.

I purchased it from an older gentleman that purchased it in New Zealand 6 years ago and had it imported to the US. While in NZ the motor and transmission were rebuilt, it has not had gas in it since that time and has not been started. It does kick over and has great compression. He offered to put gas in it and start it for me, but I felt it was better to start it properly.

the frame number is TF 28666, which makes it a 1949, the engine number is 5t 15020 NA which is a 1951, the NA means it has a sprung hub. This is not a numbers matching bike, but is very complete and a very nice example of an early triumph. The bike is basically and older restoration. the paint his pretty, but has a few chips and some cracking. All the bright work/ chrome is in very good shape and is nice and shiny, the motor has been polished and looks great. the tank has a nice parcel grid. seat is in good shape. tires are good and clean. Rear wheel has a sprung hub and is complete. Rear fender has some welding on the front under seat, not super noticeable.


When you are going to spend your hard earned money, you always want to look for the best value. There is two thoughts on a mixed engine/frame bike. It will never obtain the high value that a matching numbers bike will obtain. But to ride it and own it, a bike with a motor goes down the road, no matter the numbers stamped on it. This 1949 Triumph Speed Twin is valubale.  BB


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