Many know of Johnny Allen’s exploits with a Triumph, breaking records at the Utah Salt Flats gave us the Bonneville model Triumph, but few enthusiasts know that a 650cc T110 armed with a pair of carburetors set a production record of 147mph years earlier!
The Tiger was a development of the touring Thunderbird, and was the first Triumph to feature a swingarm rear suspension. The sporting Tiger had a 650cc twin-cylinder powerplant with a stronger crankshaft, high-compression pistons, larger inlet valves and more aggressive cams. Launched on the success of the 1953 ISDT, the model remained in production until 1961.
The numbers-matching example on offer here was tidied and re-commissioned by its restorer/collector/enthusiast owner. A great rider, everything on the bike works as it should. He spent a lot of time “dialing it in” so now it starts easily and runs superbly. In great overall condition, the bike is an easy-to-own classic and a blast to ride.
Engine no. T110 010887
Frame no. 010887
Location: Los Angeles, California