1915 Triumph 225cc Junior
Lot 346
1915 Triumph 225cc Junior
Sold for £2,990 (US$ 4,676) inc. premium

Lot Details
1915 Triumph 225cc Junior
1915 Triumph 225cc Junior
Registration no. EO 1871
Frame no. 259632
Engine no. 3376
Triumph’s lightweight two-stroke was introduced just before the commencement of the Great War and was highly acclaimed by the motorcycling press of the time. Very few were built prior to the outbreak of war, however in post-war years the Junior remained in production in 225cc form until 1922 when it was superseded for the 1923 season by a 250cc model. The Junior had instant appeal as a first-time buyer’s machine and the more daring of the young ladies of the era took to motorcycling on these lightweights – perhaps using them to take up their newly granted voting rights. Characterised by its cylindrical, underslung petrol tank, the Junior was belt driven and had Triumph’s own sprung girder fork front suspension.

This machine was obtained in ‘near scrap’ condition by Graham Walker, racer, commentator and former Motorcycle Curator at the then Montagu Motor Museum. Throughout the 1960’s it was loaned to a Hampshire lady who had the bike sympathetically rebuilt and restored to original specification. In 1972 it returned to Beaulieu and since then has spent much time in the display halls. Cumbria registration records confirm that the registration number EO 1871 was first issued to a Rudge Multi, however in September 1920 this number was transferred to this machine. The bike is presented in traditional Triumph grey/green livery with black frame, mudguards and wheels. It is in generally tidy order with good nickel but condition generally reflects a matured restoration that will respond to careful improvement. Following a period of inactivity careful recommissioning is recommended. The bike is offered with a Swansea V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine and frame numbers date from 1919 and 1920 respectively
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