The Tri­umph Tiger Cub Bible

Old Bike Australasia - - GOOD GEAR - By Mike Estall

Pub­lished by Ve­loce ISBN: 978-1-787111-27-1 208 pages hard cover with jacket Avail­able from Ren­niks (02) 9695 7055­ RRP: $92.50

There’s more to Tri­umph than big twins – lit­tle sin­gles in fact. The story be­gins with the lit­tle 150cc Ter­rier (of­fi­cially the T15), re­leased at the 1952 Earls Court Show, which slipped neatly un­der the 150cc Bri­tish Road Tax bracket and quickly be­came a hot seller. It was soon joined by a 200cc ver­sion, the Tiger Cub, or T20, which re­mained in pro­duc­tion un­til 1968, by which time it shared com­po­nents such as the frame and wheels with the BSA Ban­tam D10. This book has been out of print for some years but is now back in pro­duc­tion and is a must-have for any­one keen on th­ese spir­ited lit­tle sin­gles. It is also a very handy re­stor­ers guide, with a thor­ough break­down of de­tail changes, a colour guide and pro­duc­tion al­lo­ca­tions to mar­kets around the world. Aus­tralia was never a par­tic­u­larly large mar­ket for the Cub (al­though 456 Ter­ri­ers were im­ported in 1954), but in Ber­muda, where the ca­pac­ity limit for mo­tor­cy­cles was 200cc for many years, it sold very well. Au­thor Mike Estall bought his first Tiger Cub in 1956 and has owned and re­stored many Ter­ri­ers and Cubs since. Un­sur­pris­ingly, he also runs the Tiger Cub and Ter­rier Reg­is­ter which pro­vides in­for­ma­tion for own­ers around the world.

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