Triumph Tiger 100
First registered on 3rd June 1957 this charmingly original pre-unit 500 twin is rare in these colours. Clearly unrestored in most respects although the rear wheel has been rebuilt and it looks like it has been well maintained. The exhaust system is new and in fact it’s generally been treated to replacement parts where needed, including brand new tyres and a new centre stand from Ace Classics. The engine and gearbox have just been completely rebuilt and there are invoices and pictures attesting to this work. The rebuild included cleaning out the crankshaft sludge trap and a rebore. Classic Bike Workshop have just renewed all the valves, guides, tappet blocks, pushrod tubes and seals, clutch plates and springs, gaskets and thread repairs… in fact it’s had a significant amount of work since it arrived and you can hear and feel the result. It’s running clean, quiet and smoke-free on the top end and we can confirm that the bottom end is in excellent condition too. It is a joy to ride, even running in. This bike retains its original registration number which is non-transferrable and there is a duplicate RF60 on file from 1973. The engine is not the original unit but is of the correct type, slightly later numbers. These pre-unit 500s are a pleasure to ride and to look at. Light and easy to start with the all-alloy engine with close-set cooling fins giving it an iconic look along with the most attractive of tank designs ever to come out of the factory. Just look at some of the latest retros and you’ll see what I mean. A cool classic with all the patina and none of the bling, and a rebuild engine promises performance and reliability.