1982 Triumph 744cc TSX
Registration no. VPM 21Y
Frame no. TSX CEA33571
Engine no. TSX CEA33571
Ringing the changes on a basic model to produce a variety of alternatives has been a policy pursued by manufacturers since motorcycling began and is common practice today. When the Meriden factory emerged from the chaos of BSA-Triumph's disintegration and its ensuing occupation by the workforce, the new management had but a single model suitable for continuing production: the Bonneville. The latter would appear in a number of different guises over the succeeding years, most notably the limited edition 'Silver Jubilee' and 'Royal Wedding' models. These though, were really only styling jobs but there were other, more radical developments in the pipeline, one of which was a machine in the increasingly popular custom/cruiser style. Premiered at the Earls Court Show as the 'Phoenix' low-rider, it had become the 'TSX' by the time production commenced towards the end of 1982. The TSX boasted Morris cast wheels (16" at the rear), short megaphone silencers, high handlebars, stepped dual seat and a flashy paint job. It was comfortable, had bags of character and, arguably, made better use of the ageing Bonnie engine than the 8-valve TSS sports version released at the same time. Sadly, this was a case of 'too little, too late' and Meriden Motorcycles Ltd was forced to call in the receivers in the autumn of 1983.
This example of one of the rarer Bonneville variants comes with an expired MoT (June 1998) and an invoice for its extensive restoration, including a full engine rebuild, issued by Classic Motorcycle Services of Winterbourne Down, Bristol in June 1997. A total of only 140 miles is currently displayed on the odometer.