1911 Triumph 3.5hp 500cc Free-Engine Model Engine no. 17101YT

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Lot 66
1911 Triumph 3.5hp 500cc Free-Engine Model
Engine no. 17101YT

Sold for US$ 20,700 inc. premium
1911 Triumph 3.5hp 500cc Free-Engine Model

Engine no. 17101YT

Like many early motorcycle initiatives, Triumph Cycle Company started out as a bicycle manufacturer in 1886. By 1902 the fledgling company marketed their first motorcycle using proprietary engines from Minerva and J.A.P. But designer Johann Schulte urged that Triumph use their own motor, built in-house. Competition spurs innovation, and Jack Marshall gave the company their first TT win in 1908 with a new 3.5 hp engine. In the 1910 TT, Triumph netted the first 8 places in their class.

The 1911 Triumph was one of the most durable and reliable motorcycles ever made. The 3.5hp, 500cc motor would cruise up to speeds of 50-55 mph, setting many endurance records in its day. There is a free engine clutch housed in the rear wheel hub, actuated with a heel/toe foot pedal, while transmission is by a simple V-belt. The motorcycle's frame sets low, and the springer front fork is Triumph's own. Stopping, by Triumph's own words, is with "a powerful front rim brake" and the rear has a similar brake that retards against the belt drum. The rear stand does not interfere with the removal of the wheel, for flat tires, while the front stand acts as the front fender stay when clipped out of use. This was an amazing, well thought out motorcycle in 1911 and all for the paltry sum of £55.

This 1911 Triumph being offered is in fine original condition and is not molested from modifications over time. It is a handsome motorcycle with black cycle parts and a gas tank understated in aluminum with a green panel. Wheel rims were nickel plated with a center stripe. The veteran Triumphs are highly regarded in England's vintage motorcycle events. It was a great bike when it was new and still an absolutely fun motorcycle to enjoy in today's veteran runs.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct frame and engine numbers for this bike are 190790 and 17101 respectively and its title is in transit.
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1911 Triumph 3.5hp 500cc Free-Engine Model Engine no. 17101YT
1911 Triumph 3.5hp 500cc Free-Engine Model Engine no. 17101YT
1911 Triumph 3.5hp 500cc Free-Engine Model Engine no. 17101YT
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