Dear Sirs, I am riding one of your Royal Triumph No 33 Road Racers, which I purchased in 1923 and during the period it has been in my possession, I have covered a distance upwards of 3,300 miles, in addition to riding other machines at various times. I have pleasure in stating that during my thirty years’ experience as a cyclist, and over twenty years as an agent for various makes I have never ridden a more lively, easy running, trouble-free cycle than this one and I sometimes do 60 miles at a stretch. In fact my friends tell me I appear just to sit on the saddle and without any exertion the cycle simply glides along, which is only too true.
– (Signed) Herbert H. Smith, Leckhampstead. Extract from ‘Testimonials’
The Triumph Cycle Co was one of the world’s leading cycle manufacturers, pioneering, in the 1890s, lightweight frames with quality components. After supplying 30,000 Triumph ‘Model H’ motorcycles to the British War Office in WW1, the company becamse the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturer. Motorcycle development and production subsequently became the company’s main focus, and their bicycles were not updated until 1930.
Roller levers for brakes were adopted as standard by the British cycle industry by 1910, but this 1927 Triumph retains one of Triumph’s signature features – inverted brake levers. Of course, there was actually a very good reason why Triumph still built their bicycles in exactly the same style as twenty-five years before: in the inter-war years demand from overseas outweighed Triumph cycle sales in Great Britain, and customers in the Colonies much preferred nostalgic design and top quality British bicycles. The same applies today!
1927 Royal Triumph No 33 Road Racer
This Triumph sloping top tube road racer is a wonderful survivor, in unrestored ‘oily rag’ condition with its original green paintwork and transfers (decals) intact. As you can see by comparing the catalogue illustration, everything is original, even the pedals. It’s ready to ride, and for sale (with a set of new tyres and tubes).
1925 TRIUMPH CATALOGUE