Triumph Tiger Cubs 1961 & 1958

“The Dirty RATS”

The Triumph Tiger Cub was a 200 cc single-cylinder British motorcycle made by Triumph Motorcycles at their Meriden factory. Based on the Triumph T15 Terrier 150 cc, itself a surprise announcement just before the 1952 show, the 200 cc T20 Tiger Cub designed by Edward Turner and launched at the Earls Court show in November 1953 competed well against the other small-capacity motorcycles of the time, such as those using Villiers two-stroke engines.

In 1961, the driving licence law for Triumph's home market in the U.K. was changed, restricting learner motorcyclists to a maximum of 250cc. At 200cc the Tiger Cub suddenly became one of the most popular ways of getting onto two wheels.

Our Tiger cubs are next in line in the fleet for a make-over. Both Cubs are designed for Trials and Scramble use with high level exhausts and heavyweight front forks. We managed to get the original number plate reinstated on one by the DVLA based on the old-style Buff log book that came with it and a lot of help from the Tiger Cub registrar at the Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club (TOMCC).

It would be great to get them used in something similar to the Richard Ashcroft music video for They Don’t Own Me! Or something just as cool! In the meantime they wait like Dirty Rats for that clean up.

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