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Lot 513: Triumph 649cc TR6R Tiger

Important Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (1 December 2008)

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’ sit-in. This highly original TR6R is to export specification and was originally registered/used overseas. Manufactured in February 1971, it was first registered in the UK on 12th September 1972. The machine was acquired by the vendor’s late brother in 1976 and was last used on the road that same year, since when it has been carefully stored. An MoT on file (issued 1975) records the mileage at that time as 5,106 while the odometer currently reads 5,914. Inherited by the vendor in 2002, the machine will require careful re-commissioning and the usual safety checks before returning to the road. Offered with Swansea V5/V5C documents.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Olympia, London
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number513
Estimate£3000-£4000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1971
Condition rating0
Registration numberNPA 140L
Mileage-
Chassis numberBE12799
Engine numberBE12799
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors