1970 is considered a pivotal year for Triumph motorcycle design. It was the last year of what many considered some of greatest motorcycles ever made. Although it lies in the shadow if its big sister, the Bonneville, the 1970 TR6 is probably one of the most rider-friendly and versatile Triumphs made in the modern era.
In 1970, Triumph offered two variants of the TR6 – the C model, primarily intended for dual purpose riding – and the R model for everyday street and touring use. The 1970 650 single carburetor twins reached the zenith of pre-oil-in-frame development with features such as a progressive and powerful dual leading shoe front brake, light throttle operation and a change to an American SAE thread form on all fasteners. This change alone greatly assisted dealers and owners alike in servicing the motorcycle. Other changes specific to this year include a revised rear passenger grab rail, and a significantly improved engine breathing system. 1970 was the only year to incorporate a pair of removable front engine mounting plates that made engine removal and installation an easy task.
The 1970 Triumph 650cc TR6R Tiger on offer here is a distinct rarity. Mostly unrestored, the bike features original paint to the Harvest Gold tank and fenders, repainted and restored side panels, hanging on an original, unmolested frame. The engine may have been rebuilt at some point, but I wouldn’t be at surprised if it was original. The engine does not feel taut like a fresh rebuild but is supremely reliable. The cycle parts have all been serviced regularly and it shows. The brakes are unusually efficient, and the suspension feels like a warmed through old Triumph should feel. The bike just made a vintage motorcycle rally of 900 miles of Northern California without any issues whatsoever. Since return it has been fully re-commissioned and serviced, readying it for sale.
Sold on a clean, clear California title.
Engine no. BD40052 TR6R
Frame no. TR6R BD40052
Location: Ventura, California