Triumph 1953-1955

Triumph 1953-1955

 

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1953. Triumph 1953-1955

Triumph 1953-1955

 

Despite the effort made by Turner, it was impossible to start the production of the 150 cc single-cylinder Terrier in 1953. The motorcycle that would compete at the entry level of the range had to wait, at least one more year. The brand’s catalog would continue to offer the same products, but, as usual, with some updates for this year.

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Speed Twin 1953 | Triumph 1953-1955

In particular, it would include an electrical alternator of doubtful operation and an ignition coil. These updates were developed to save costs; the first bike to have these modifications was the Speed ​​Twin 5T, the basic model of the range of the brand. The system was quite rudimentary and did not stop having problems all the year in spite of the modifications introduced a few months after its incorporation to the Speed ​​Twin.

This year not only was the racing kit offered for the T100 Tiger, but also a fully factory-built racing T100C was available. Being the top model of the range of the brand, it was not strange to see that this model maintained magneto and dynamo, much more reliable than the new alternator system incorporated this year.

During this time, the Thunderbird 650 6T had become a reliable and long-lasting bike. Since the blue color was not yet very popular in the US, dealers in that country requested black units, more to suit their customers, so the “Blackbird” was born, the only color exported to the US.

In addition to receiving the few updates incorporated throughout the range, the TR500 continued virtually unchanged, maintaining a high popularity in the US for lovers of off-road riding.

This year not only was the racing kit offered for the T100 Tiger, but also a fully factory-built racing T100C was available. Being the top model of the range of the brand, it was not strange to see that this model maintained magneto and dynamo, much more reliable than the new alternator system incorporated this year.

 

 

1954 and a breakthrough

Triumph 1953-1955

 

1954 was a great year for Triumph; definitely Edward Turner was determined to outperform his BSA parent company. The range of vehicles almost doubled, from 4 to 7, new additions occurred at the ends of the range of the offer. In the upper part the Tiger T110 650cc appears and in the base the Tiger Cub 200cc is finally launched, in addition to a significant increase in improvements in all vehicles.

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Tiger 110 650cc 1954 | Triumph 1953-1955

Since its launch, JoMo, the distributor of the West Coast of the USA and other mechanics, worked hard to develop a Thunderbird 650cc competition, this work was very successful and many of the developments were introduced in the new T110. Meriden also worked on this initiative and launched its own prototype in 1953.

The Tiger T110 was the high-performance bike of the brand and one of the fastest on the market in 1954, easily reached 177 km / h, many argued that he had no rival for his performance and there was nothing to say about his style. With its bright blue and black finishes, the T110 was simply fantastic.

Not only did the engine receive many modifications, so did the rear suspension, after experimenting with the swinging rear suspension on the 1953 ISDT, Triumph finally follows its British competitors by adopting the new suspension on its top sports models. In addition, a new two-seat seat with two heights is placed.

The new model has an incredible acceptance in the market and quickly becomes the new flagship of the brand displacing Thunderbird 650cc from this position.

The Tiger T100 500cc shared many of the updates introduced for the T110, with the new improvements, it was a significantly faster bike. In addition, he adopted the new suspension of his older sister and the same seat two-seater of two heights. Although its power was somewhat lower than the T110 its engine was still aluminum and that was a real advantage.

The Thunderbird 650cc, such as the Speed ​​Twin 500cc and the TR5 Trophy 500cc continued without major changes, reserving the important modifications for 1955.

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Terrier 150cc 1954 | Triumph 1953-1955

After several years of development, both the Terrier 150cc and the Tiger Cub 200cc finally went into production in 1954. Production of the Terrier began in 1953 but was delayed by more than 9 months due to problems with the first vehicles. Many of the drawbacks could have been solved at the design stage and were mostly due to faults in the lubrication system.

However, at the time of riding, its performance was more than acceptable reaching 110 km / hour with very low gasoline consumption.

Unlike the 150cc Terrier, the beginnings of the Tiger Cub 200cc were very different being a success since its launch. Solved the problems of the Terrier the orders of the distributors began to arrive quickly. Many of the bikers in the world learned to ride with these two Triumph vehicles.

The Tiger T100 500cc shared many of the updates introduced for the T110, with the new improvements, it was a significantly faster bike. In addition, he adopted the new suspension of his older sister and the same seat two-seater of two heights. Although its power was somewhat lower than the T110 its engine was still aluminum and that was a real advantage.

 

 

A little calm

Triumph 1953-1955

 

After the evolution made in the previous year it was not strange that by 1955 the thing was relaxed, leaving only some minor improvements for this period, except for the Speed ​​Twin, where it went a little deeper.

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Tiger Cub 200cc 1954 | Triumph 1953-1955

The most important news in 1955 came from the USA where Johnson hires the famous off-road racing rider Bud Ekins to pilot a TR5 Trophy and the Texan Johnny Allen embarks on the task of making his Thunderbird the fastest motorcycle in the world. Both events would be fundamental to the subsequent success of the brand, especially in the US.

The entire range of vehicles incorporates the new rear suspension and the one-piece oil tank that incorporates, the oil tank, the air filter, the battery and the tool kit.

The entire range of vehicles incorporates the new rear suspension and the one-piece oil tank that incorporates, the oil tank, the air filter, the battery and the tool kit.

 

 

 

 

Source: “Triumph motorcycles 1937-today” of Ian Falloon

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