1965 Triumph TT Special
Frame no. T120CDU21921
Engine no. T120CDU21921
In the 1950s and 1960s, Triumph's 650 twins were barred from AMA Class C racing, which limited overhead valve engines to 500cc. The regulations kept the big twins off the dirt ovals. There was another form of dirt competition known as TT racing the name was derived from the British Tourist Trophy races. American TTs were held on dirt courses, but they had to have a motocross-like jump. Some courses were simple ovals with a jump, while others had left and right turns like a road course. In this form of racing, the 650 Triumphs were allowed, and they dominated.
From 1963 through 1967, Triumph built a series of TT Specials for sale only in the American market. These were rare examples of a ready-to-race motorcycle, available to the public. Based on the Bonneville, non-essentials were stripped away and the engine was tuned for an extra two horsepower. The offered bike is from 1965 production and has all the signature items of that model, including the down swept, tucked in pipes swapped for the previous year's high, longer pipes so called "TT" pipes -narrow tank, aluminum fenders and no lighting system.
This original, numbers matching TT Special was restored by Baxter Cycle in Marne, Iowa in December 2007. To enable the seller to register and ride it in the desert, Baxter Cycle removed the original ignition, front fork, and rear fender and replaced them with a new ignition and battery, fork, alloy rear fender, and added a 5-inch headlight, and taillight. The original fender will come with the motorcycle.
This TT Special is registered in California as a 1965 Triumph motorcycle. It has California plates, but since it has not been ridden since 2009, it currently has non- operational status with the California DMV. It will require light re-commissioning before use.