1958 Triton Triumph Tiger 650cc Cafe Racer
Frame no. N14 76985
Engine no. T110 019061
The Triton is a very happy marriage of Triumph twin power and Norton road holding that is rightly regarded by enthusiasts as the quintessential British “sports special” almost to the point of it being defined as the stereotypical café racer. This well-known, universal hybrid first emerged in the 1950s yet continues to be built around the world today, enjoying almost marque status. This example consists of a pre-unit, single carburetor 649cc Tiger 110 engine, converted to twin carbs, and 4-speed gearbox, and a wideline featherbed frame from a Norton 650 Dominator 99, both dating from 1958.
The late Terry Hobbs built this machine, we are advised, in the mid-1990s. Hobbs was a renowned Triton builder with meticulous habits, the proprietor of Terry Hobbs Motorcycles of Plymouth, in the UK. Finished to an exacting standard and mimicking the aesthetics of a racing Manx, it features a twin-leading-shoe front brake, Smiths rev counter, oil pressure gauge and a Smiths stopwatch. For the majority of the time since its construction, some 16-or-so years ago, it has been kept on display unused, and never ridden. Today, it remains unregistered, however it was recently re-commissioned and had several track day outings in 2015. Since has been in static collection.
Fredericksburg, Texas, United States