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At half the price of a T-bird, the Triumph Tiger Cub allowed entry to the Triumph range for a basement price.
And above all, it looked and felt like a “proper” motorcycle, with a solid 4-stroke thump from the exhaust and lively performance for the time; with a top speed faster than 60mph, it was definitely a cut above all the wheezing Villiers-powered 2-stroke British bikes of the day. The plain bearing big ends were prone to failure if the engine was revved hard before the oil was warm.
The T20B Super Cub with better brakes lasted until production ended around 1969.
Best bets for future collectibility are probably the sturdier post-1962 Cubs, especially the popular Mountain Cub. K.), and there’s a ready pool of knowledge on the Internet and in the Triumph Owners’ Motorcycle Club.
Triumph Tiger Cub Claimed power: 10hp @ 6,000rpm (14.5hp @ 6,500rpm/Sports-Mountain Cub)Top speed: 60/70mph Engine: 199cc air-cooled OHV single Weight: 250lb (wet)Price then/now: 0 (Mountain Cub)/,500-,500 Learn to drive in a Ford, and you’ll likely buy a Ford.
Triumph boss Edward Turner understood brand loyalty and the importance of having an entry-level motorcycle in the model range.
Along with the stronger engine came a Triumph Sports Cub with 14.5 horsepower — up 4.5 horsepower — giving close to 70mph, while another variant, the TR20 Trials Cub featured a wide-ratio gearbox and a high-level exhaust.The engine breathed through an Amal Monobloc carburetor (though a Zenith instrument was also used during the late 1950s).Introduced with “plunger” suspension, the Cub acquired a modern swingarm frame in 1957. Later nicknamed the “Baby Bonnie,” it was designed to emulate its bigger brothers, the Triumph Speed Twin and Triumph Thunderbird, with a similar headlamp nacelle (featuring a nifty mechanical gear position indicator) and similar paint schemes.First seen in the 1952 Fox street bike, the high cam was produced until Parilla closed its doors in the mid-1960s.The built-up crankshaft and helical gear primary drive was mated to a 4-speed transmission, all enclosed in the same case as the engine, making for a strong, compact power unit. importer, Cosmopolitan Motors, produced some over-the-counter big-bore kits, but in 1962 the factory recognized the business opportunity and enlarged the 59.8mm x 62mm engine, first with a larger 64mm bore giving 199cc, and then with 68mm bore and stroke for a full 247cc. MC I had a'67 T20MT, and my husband had a'70 T120RT.