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Friday, 1 April 2016

Friday bike

Back in 1976 when I was at college, one of the other students use to turn up on a Triumph TRW.

Designed for the military during WW2, the TRW didn't reach production until after the war and was never sold to the public. Designed for the British Army, they rejected it but large numbers were bought by the RAF and the armed forces of a number of Commonwealth countries. Unusual in that it was a sidevalve twin, the TRW was also the first Triumph sold with telescopic forks.
I've always liked the look of the TRW and that's good enough reason for it to be a 'Friday bike'!

1964 Triumph TRW

specifications

Type: Air-cooled sidevalve single
Capacity: 496cc (500cc)
Bore & Stroke: 82mm x 94mm
BHP: 13 @ 4200rpm
Compression ratio: 5:1
Transmission: 4-speed, multi-plate
dry clutch
Brakes: 7-inch drums front and rear
Electrics: 6-volt, magdyno
Front suspension: Girder
Rear suspension: Rigid
Wheels: 3.25 x 19-inch front & rear
Weight: 369lbs (dry)
Maximum speed: 55mph (approximately)




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