1982 Triumph 649cc TR65 Thunderbird
Registration no. DWX 606Y
Frame no. GDA30535
Engine no. TR65 GDA30535
In 1981 Triumph reintroduced the 650cc model, a capacity it had last offered in 1975, by combining the 750cc T140's 76mm bore with a new, short-stroke, 71.5mm crankshaft. Intended as an affordable, entry-level model, the Thunderbird came with satin-black engine cases, two-into-one exhaust system, drum rear brake, single carburettor and no rev counter, before a swift rethink saw the MkII version emerge with polished cases, twin exhausts and a rev counter. It would seem though, that the final specification was not exactly written in stone, as cash-strapped Triumph would happily supply machines with any option the customer desired. It is estimated that a mere 400-or-so TR65s were produced before the Meriden closure in 1983, and today this rare, last-of-the-line 650 is becoming increasingly sought after by the serious Triumph collector.
One of the final batch produced, this TR65 was first registered in November 1982 and features the MkII version's rev counter and twin exhausts. 'DWX 6067' was supplied new via Eddy's Motorcycle Centre in Leeds to one Peter Butler and was next owned by a Frank Mathers of Bradford, who is shown as 'previous recorded keeper' on the accompanying Swansea V5. In the current ownership for the last 20-or-so years, the machine comes with service booklet/warranty card, expired MoT (September 1995), and invoices totalling some £2,685 for extensive restoration undertaken during the 1990s.