Archive for ‘Triumph Cub’

March 13, 2015



“Woe betide the leaders now perched on their dizzy pinnacles of triumph if they cast away at the conference table what the soldiers had won on a hundred bloodsoaked battlefields.” 
― Winston S. Churchill

Words from the past ring true in any age.

February 20, 2015

Ramp? What Ramp!


Old promotional photo of a new Cub being hauled up into a van off to its owner. Nice big shop sign, pre-unit machine in the window, I can smell the scent of oily machines fresh off the boat from Meriden.

February 9, 2015

A leaf ripped from a book….


An interesting mix of Triumph Cub image atop a dictionary page, itself mounted on a postage stamped paper. Etsy artwork …

February 8, 2015

No slack chain here…


… Installed a spring loaded chain tensioner today. It both takes any slop out as well as lifts the low run due to the whopping sprocket off the ground.

There will be a little more adjusting to do one we get closer to roadworthyness and I need to a an outer stabilizing bar on the tensioner pivot.

February 3, 2015



Beginners bikes: smaller ‘cycles such as the Cub were ideal machines to gain experience on the roads. Working your way up to the big machines like the Bonneville. The fairings look like bra’s of the day…


Perms-lift: we’re learning.

February 1, 2015

Sunday Wrenching


Got the engine firmly bolted in. Oil return lines attached and starting to get the clutch adjusted – missing a ball bearing that seats between the push rod and lever. Made a simple support stand so I can shuffle it around easily. Will need to amass some stainless fastenings for the oil tank, fenders and other ancillaries.

January 24, 2015

The Weakest Link…


Chain slung over the new whopping sprocket. All 66 teeth on it. To ensure it wouldn’t rub against the hefty trials tire some engine realignment was also accomplished. Just need 3 new high strength  3/8″ engine to frame bolts. The rear brake pedal lever was also given a little more of an s-bend.

January 16, 2015

Tiger Feet


70’s glam rock band Mud had a number 1 hit with Tiger Feet. Here’s period advertising. With dancing Cubs probably bopping to that very tune.

I really love your tiger feet

I really love your tiger feet

Your tiger feet
Your tiger feet
Your tiger feet

Well alright.

January 14, 2015

Weedy Cub


This one’s a runner: some carefully selected upgrades to ensure this single runs with reliability. An oil cooler is strapped to the down tube, wide cowhorn bars, blinkers (indicators). Though a toolroll is also strapped to the grabrail, gotta be ready for the unknown!
The metallic battleship gray is a period touch too. I reckon California unmapped roads and back lanes is where this pony is reined.

January 10, 2015

Hear them Roar!


Triumph had the big papa Tiger T110 650cc desert king, the scooter Tigress, and the wee Cub. The fifties sure had a lit of fun on two wheels.


January 8, 2015

Thumbs Up


An older poster for dealerships to advertise the qualities of the wee Cub. As it says “light, lively, better to handle”.
Times were simpler back then…

January 7, 2015

A Nose to the Sun


Somebody was feeling quite optimistic. A 200cc Triumph Cub with fairing, rack and fresh tires. Large tank with a long legged range will take you along the back roads to the Cote d’Azur.

January 5, 2015

Green Lane


Big boots with thick socks and tucked in trousers. This rider is serious to cajole his Cub over some moorland path, mown to a close nap by a flock of sheep no doubt. With winter clutches upon us in the Midwest today (windchills minus 20 Fahrenheit today) this images gives me a taste of a future day out as the weather improves in spring.

December 29, 2014

Perfect Cub


Earlier Cub in technically clean appearance. Plunger rear end, nacelle headlight. The overall lines are balanced with a just-so form.

December 19, 2014

Cubs Angels


Sixties Canadian TV show with biker gang member toting around on a Triumph Cub…. Must be an initiation thing!


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