1959 Triumph Twenty One 'Bathtub'
Frame no. H3023
Engine no. 21H3023
In motorcycling, as in life, not all ideas are universally well-received. Take this Triumph Twenty One, for example. The 21 refers to the engine's displacement in cubic inches, a figure that works out to 350cc. The parallel-twin was Triumph's first unit-construction design motor internals and gearbox contained with the same cases a very good idea that would soon be adopted across the range. The bike's semi-enclosed rear bodywork, meant to shield the rider from road grime on England's constantly damp roads proved not quite so popular. In drier America, Triumph biggest export market, the sheetmetal structure was seen as somewhat less than sporty and was derisively referred to as a "bathtub" for its likeness to an upside-down water closet fixture. Mechanics weren't keen about having to remove the panels to work on the rear of the bike either.
As a result, many of the bathtubs were quickly jettisoned, so it now uncommon to find a complete machine like Hobday's Twenty One, which also has the rare headlight nacelle, near complete set of original tools, flared front fender and parcel-grid gas tank.
- Please note that the title for this motorcycle is in transit.