Triumph Tiger 100

Triumph Tiger 100

 

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Triumph T100

 

A year after the launch of the Speed ​​Twin, the Tiger T100 made its appearance, the number 100 indicated the maximum speed that could reach the motorcycle. It was a really attractive motorcycle. Painted in chrome and silver, its sport version cost 80 pounds, the price was very competitive.

Turner decided to launch a basic model to test the market and then release the sport version. While its engine was the 5T, the same as the Speed ​​Twin, the improvements made for this launch, plus a new Amal carburetor, gave the T100 more power.

Triumph Tiger 100

Triumph Tiger 100 1939 | Triumph Tiger 100

To cope this greater power, it was necessary to make improvements in the chassis, for which an updated one was installed and an angle of 20% in head of steering to providing more stability. The front fork was also new and the cast iron front brake was ribbed for additional cooling.

In addition, the T100 had silencers with detachable end caps and baffles, a narrow rubber mounted handlebar, chrome plated brake and clucht levers, and friction-damped quick action twistgrip.

The tank of gasoline of the T100 was bigger than the one of the Speed ​​Twin, in addition in the part superior included an instrument panel with ammeter and meter of pressure of oil, the insignia was made with cast iron and the fuel pipes were a metal braided flexible type.

The Tiger 100 reached 150 km / h, some defects in the chassis caused the bike to suffer riding problems. Freddie Clarke, tester of the brand, proposed to Turner to make improvements to solve the problems at those speeds, but Turner refused to accept them and never developed any improvement.

According to the catalog of sale of the motorcycle, each engine was tested individually and then assembled by mechanical experts, with the delivery of each vehicle the owner was given a card signed by the head of testators of the brand. This was an excellent sales argument and despite the known deficiencies of riding the Tiger 100 was very popular.

Triumph Tiger 100

Advertising of  T100 1939 | Triumph Tiger 100

Quickly the T100 becomes the reference of the range of motorcycles of Triumph, the Speed ​​Twin receives minor updates, all improvements that had already incorporated his younger sister, as the instrument panel in the tank, the front license plate in chrome and the handlebars a little further back to have more comfort in riding.

Triumph, wants to promote its twin-cylinder and participates in the Maudes trophy, achieving both outstanding results, and it also gets a boost to its popularity when the three times speed record holder Sir Malcolm Campbell declares that the Speed ​​Twin is the best motorcycle ever made.

In that year begins to strengthen the relationship with Bill Johnson in US, a relationship that had begun Turner in 1937, Triumph decides to cede the rights to commercialize the brand in America. These beginnings will leave a mark on the history of the company since it will be the beginning of the company’s subsequent success in US.

According to the catalog of sale of the motorcycle, each engine was tested individually and then assembled by mechanical experts, with the delivery of each vehicle the owner was given a card signed by the head of testators of the brand. This was an excellent sales argument and despite the known deficiencies of riding the Tiger 100 was very popular.

 

 

The 40s

Triumph T100

 

For this year, Turner was already determined to manufacture only twin-cylinder, considered that it was the present and future of the industry. He decided to start working on a 350cc motorcycle, which never reached the success of the 500cc engines, besides, the war had just started and it was not until 1946 when his development was perfected.

All the production of the company was dedicated to supply vehicles to the army, on the night of November 14 the factory receives a lethal bombing of the German forces which forces to build another plant in the outskirts of Coventry in record time to return to production as soon as possible.

Only a few units of the T100 had been manufactured in those years of war, almost all were for export to the US, Canada and for some special customers of the British government.

Despite the few manufactured units, some mechanical updates and finishes could be made.

Triumph Speed Twin 1939

Triumph Speed Twin 1939 | Triumph Tiger 100

The Speed ​​Twin was still receiving updates inherited from the T100, not only engine but also chassis, for example, the head angle, and the front fork included a lighter main spring with two smaller retainer on each side. He even adopted the larger fuel tank and some other finishing details.

Most Speeds Twin and Tiger 100 were exported to the US where Bill Johnson was responsible for selling them, they sold more than 300 vehicles before the supply cut caused by the Nazi bombing of the factory in 1941.

Johnson tried to promote the image of Triumph in America participating in all the competition events in California, in the 1940 season, with the pilot Bruce Pearson they won 32 of the 36 competitions in which they participated. Finally, an important recognition was obtained in the American specialized press.

At this time, the association with some celebrities of Holywood began, such as Robert Taylor who received a Speed ​​Twin.

By July 1942 the 3HWs, a model based on the pre-war Tiger 80, was in production, shortly after a disagreement between Jack Sangster and Turner caused the latter unexpectedly to go to BSA.

At this time, the association with some celebrities of Holywood began, such as Robert Taylor who received a Speed ​​Twin.

 

 

 

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

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