1951 Triumph Tiger T-100

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There are motorcycles that hold their place in time and space. They become a reference point for motorcycles, they measure what came before, and after. This 1951 Triumph Tiger T-100 is one of those motorcycles. Other motorcycles of this era are measured up against the Tiger, and motorcycles that came after are compared to the performance and style. This has become more apparent with retro-styling motorcycles that are being produced today.

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From the seller

Frame up restoration of Triumph’s venerable 500 cc sprung hub  twin.  The alloy Tiger is set apart from the standard iron twin, having cast alloy head, cylinders with 8 stud factory pattern, polished bores and forged alloy pistons.   Meticulous and correct Australian restoration including correct nuts, bolts, washers; engine completely rebuilt.  Machine was authenticated by Triumph factory guru Harry Woolridge at time of restoration in 1989.   Everything works as from factory including lighting system and original Smith’s speedo/odometer.   Starts 1st kick, idles smoothly, accelerates strong and shifts smoothly.  The machine has been ridden regularly; maintained in top condition.

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Edward Turner designed the T-100 and its predecessor, the Speed Twin, before WWII. He was not the first to design a parallel twin, but what he was able to do with it made history. The T100 was first offered in 1939, but with the troubles ahead, the Tiger didn’t get its traction until civilian production started up again in 1946. And from the beginning the T-100 was marketed as a sports bike with 1939 model taken off the dealership floor and put to the test. A Triumph Tiger was ridden on a 1,800 mile shake down run on English roads, then taken to the high banks of the Brookland track and ridden for 6 continues hours averaging 79mph. The Tiger was shown to be reliable and fast. Would your motorcycle be able to match this?

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To take it one step further, this 1951 Triumph Tiger has the addition of having an alloy engine. The Tiger originally was fit from the factory with a cast iron unit, heavy, but dependable. The addition of the alloy option later in its production came from a unique source. During the war, Triumph re-purposed their engine to be used as a stationary airplane generator, and this required it to be lighter. After the war, people re-purposed the re-purposed, lighter generators back into a motorcycle engines, creating a better motorcycle. BB

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