1972 Triumph 649cc TR6R Tiger & Squire Sidecar
Registration no. JGY 268K
Frame no. TR6P PG39753
Engine no. TR6P PG39753
ISDT success in the late 1940s prompted Triumph to adopt the Trophy name for their off-road styled twins. But although it retained its sporting character, the model became more of a roadster as time passed, ending up, in effect, as a single-carburettor Bonneville. More tractable than the Bonnie and more economical too, the Trophy gave little away in terms of outright performance, the bike's standing quarter mile time and top speed being within a whisker of its twin-carb sibling's. With the launch of BSA-Triumph's much revised 'oil-in-frame' range in November 1970, the 'Tiger' name was revived for the TR6R roadster while the TR6C street scrambler version continued to be known as the 'Trophy'. Incredibly, tooling to build the new frames had not been procured, leading to severe production delays that prevented machines reaching the market for some months. This and the BSA-Triumph group's other problems hastened its collapse, and when new owners NVT announced the closure of Triumph's Meriden factory in 1973, the result was the famous workers' occupation of the plant.
Triumph's touring twin-cylinder models were much favoured by UK police forces, and this example's 'TR6P' serial number prefix suggests that it is an ex-police model. 'JGY 268K' comes with an invoice issued by Classic Motorcycle Services of Winterbourne Down, Bristol for the attachment of its Squire sidecar in July 1997. The machine also comes with an attachment diagram and driving instructions. There are no registration documents with this Lot.