1971 Triumph 650cc TR6R
Engine no. TR6R DE19529
In the 1950s Triumph motorcycles established an image unmatched by their competitors in the US market. They were photographed ridden by Hollywood stars. They won top-level AMA road and oval races. They even had attitude – Marlon Brando’s character, Johnny, rode a Triumph in the milestone motorcycle rebel movie, The Wild One.
After International Six Days Trial successes in the late 1940s, Triumph developed the 500 and 650cc range. From 1963 the range saw major changes: the gearbox and crankcase were combined and carried in a completely new single front down frame, eliminating the previous model’s vibration.
Although the bikes retained their sporting character, they became more of a roadster, ending up as a single-carburetor T120 Bonneville, whose specification in all other respects it closely followed. More tractable than the Bonnie, the TR6 gave little away in terms of outright performance, its top speed being within a whisker of its twin-carb sibling’s.
The April ’71 TR6 on offer here was subject to a mild desert-sled style customization. The off-road front mudguard, bobbed taillight, carbon fiber side panels and aftermarket TT pipes evoke a street-fairing Mojave racer. The silver paint on the tank is in excellent condition, and the bike is offered in good running condition, having just been serviced by the engineer owner.