1953 Triumph 499cc TR5 Trophy
Frame no. 26085
Engine no. TR526085
From the time of its introduction in 1948 the Triumph Trophy was established as a true all-rounder: a machine that could be ridden to work during the week and then, with extraneous components removed, competed on at weekends in its owner's chosen branch of motorcycle sport. Although cataloged primarily as a trials machine, its true forte was scrambles and the ISDT, events in which the power of the tunable Triumph twin worked to its advantage and its weight was less of a handicap. The arrival of a new swingarm frame for 1955 finally put paid to the Trophy's pretensions as a one-day trials mount, for although the rear suspension enhanced traction and improved the handling, the lengthened wheelbase and increased weight rendered it uncompetitive. Nevertheless, the TR5 remained an extremely competent and stylish roadster until the end of production in 1958.
This seemingly highly original example has the optional Edward Turner-designed 'sprung hub', which could be fitted to rigid-framed models thus endowing them with a small measure of suspension movement. The machine retains its factory paintwork and currently displays a total of only 1,760 miles on the odometer.
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