Six Days special from the Henry Manney collection
1973 Triumph 500 ISDT bike
Frame no. TR5T GH 15003
Engine no. TR5T GH 15003
Henry Manney III was no ordinary journalist, so it follows that his trailbike was no ordinary mount. Based on a stock Triumph TR5T, it is in fact one of three factory-backed U.S. team bikes specially prepared for the 1973 International Six Days Trialthe so-called Olympics of motorcyclingheld that year in New England's Berkshire Mountains.
Deviations from standard were intended to reinforce the bike's reliability and included a doubled-up ignition system. Many of the redundant electrics, as well as the air cleaner, were protected from water by triangular naugahyde covers snapped and velcroed beneath the seat. Extra bars welded onto the lower frame rails guarded against rock damage to the engine cases. Aftermarket plastic fenders were more durable than the stock metal mudguards; likewise the cobby twin-lamp taillight assembly was less prone to being cleaned off by low-hanging branches. Rear hub was a BSA B40 quick-change unit, while the small conical front hub was from a Rickman 125. Other ISDT touches included spokes safety-wired at cross points and tommybars welded to the axles to facilitate speedy wheel removal.
Records are sketchy but it appears likely this is the bike ridden by American team member Ken Harvey, listed as retired after a crash. Post-ISDT, the Triumph was sold to Manney who rode it on at least two Cycle World Treks, big industry rides in Baja put on by the magazine, judging by the decals still on the front fender. He also used it to make rounds at Saddleback Park, the off-road riding area co-founded by CW's Joe Parkhurst. Son Henry IV remembers topping Saddleback's fearsome Matterhorn hillclimb on the Triumph.
Last registered in 1982, this is a time-capsule Triumph, ridden in the Six Days and owned by one of moto-journalism's great characters. Offered on a Bill of Sale.
- The title for this lot is in transit.