Triumph Tiger Cub Scrambler 1961
Here we have a really nice little Triumph Tiger cub all kitted out in scrambler gear. Ready for a green or country lane near you!
With the introduction of the 149cc Terrier in 1952, Triumph re-entered the market for lightweight commuter machines. A simple, compact, unitary construction four-stroke with four-speed gearbox, the Terrier was joined in 1954 by an enlarged version, the 200cc Tiger Cub, that offered 60mph-plus performance and 100mpg. A huge success, particularly with learners and younger riders, the Cub underwent continuous development for the next 16 years, gaining 16″ wheels for 1956, a swinging-arm frame and hydraulically-damped forks for 1957, energy transfer ignition and 17″ wheels for 1960 and points in the timing cover for 1963. Changes to the engine were countless. The Cub finally ended up with BSA Bantam cycle parts before being dropped in 1970. The model remains a favourite with today’s collectors, many of whom would have commenced their riding career on a Cub, and is well served by an extensive network of parts suppliers and other specialists.
Trials and scrambles versions had been early additions to the range, and in 1959 Cub-mounted works rider Roy Peplow’s landmark victory in the Scottish Six Days Trial emphatically demonstrated that lightweights were not only competitive but also capable of winning major events. Brainchild of works rider Jim Alves, the trials version of the Tiger Cub had debuted in 1957 as the T20C and was steadily improved year by year, becoming the TR20 in 1962, until the Cub range was dropped by BSA-Triumph. The model’s competitiveness in Pre-’65 events and the relative scarcity of genuine Trials Cubs has seen a number of road bikes converted for trials use in recent years, the example offered here being one such.
She is in really nice condition as you can see in the pictures and video below. All in all a lovely usable classic! Please give us a call for further information or to arrange Free UK mainland delivery or a viewing.