More on the Plummer V4

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I read with in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle on the twinengine­d Tri­umph in OBA 44 page 71. How­ever, for your read­ers I would like to give a more fac­tual his­tory of the bike. My fa­ther, Wil­liam Plummer built the bike and in par­tic­u­lar the en­gine/s from scratch at the fam­ily busi­ness, Plummer Mo­tor­cy­cles Napier, NZ. He com­pleted it in 1961, af­ter which Gor­don Sk­il­ton pur­chased it. As time proved, the fi­nal drive chains could not han­dle the torque and power of the twin Tri­umphs, so the fol­low­ing year Gor­don with the help of Wil­liam fit­ted a geared fi­nal drive sys­tem. The gear­box is from an AJS 7R. Gor­don fi­nally sold the bike back to Wil­liam and in 1965 dad sold it to Arthur Har­ris. He took the bike to the UK where it was left in the show­room/work­shop of Bob Fos­ter in Dorsett, UK in 1966. It has not been heard of since. The pho­tos in your cur­rent is­sue were taken by me in 1965 at the back of Plummer Mo­tor­cy­cles Napier. The gen­tle­man be­hind the bike is in fact my fa­ther, Wil­liam. Vic Plummer Via email

ABOVE An­other shot of the V-4 Tri­umph built by Wil­liam Plummer in NZ.

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