The Com­plete Book of Clas­sic and Mod­ern Tri­umph Mo­tor­cy­cles

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT - By Ian Fal­loon

256 pages hard cover ISBN: 978-0-7603-4545-0 RRP: $75.00 Pub­lished by Mo­tor­books Avail­able from Pit­stop (1800 622422) www.pit­stop.net.au With more than 35 mo­tor­cy­cle books to his credit, New Zealand-born Mel­bourne res­i­dent Ian Fal­loon cer­tainly knows his sub­ject, although this is his first on a Bri­tish mar­que. This lat­est ef­fort is a large for­mat, cof­fee ta­ble style book that is adorned with ex­cel­lent pho­to­graphs; many Mel­bourne iden­ti­ties, in both the pri­vate and com­mer­cial sec­tors, pro­vided mo­tor­cy­cles for the cam­era. It would be hard to break new ground on the sub­ject of Tri­umph’s his­tory, and this book does not delve into the pre-1937 era to any great ex­tent, but what the author refers to as the “clas­sic and mod­ern” scene is all in here, be­gin­ning with the ground-break­ing Speed Twin of 1937 and run­ning right up to the present day bikes, the so-called Hink­ley Tri­umphs. One day th­ese ma­chines will be con­sid­ered clas­sics too, and a fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of re­stor­ers will ben­e­fit from the book’s year-by-year changes to in­di­vid­ual mod­els in terms of paint and spec­i­fi­ca­tion. Dot­ted through­out the book are pieces on no­table Tri­umph own­ers and per­son­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Speed twin’s de­signer Ed­ward Turner, Mar­lon Brando and his in­fa­mous steed from The Wild One, haunted thes­pian James Dean, who bought a new T110, and soon af­ter, a new TR5 Tro­phy in 1954, and in­evitably, Steve McQueen as both an en­thu­si­ast and a se­ri­ous com­peti­tor in off-road events.

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