Archive for ‘Triumph Cub’

June 23, 2015

Cafe’d Cub

So cool it’s as chilly as a draft whipping down from Up North. Spindly sinewy muscle ready for a lightweight rip along the B roads on a June afternoon.

June 12, 2015


 Finish where we started: the magazine cover art from Monday here in grey simplicity. She’s ready for a jaunt with her thick wooly pullover. Though I doubt that open bag may spill its contents along the road ahead. Spotty pants will hide mud splatter from the damp country lanes her pilot will no doubt take her along…


June 11, 2015

la puissance à revendre

A Cub speeds by and the bystanders twirl in amazement at the zippy little motor toting its rider along what looks like a typical street in a French town. An ornate streetlight, pollarded trees and high fashion ladies give it away. 

Pooch looks on curiously.

June 10, 2015


ive seen inside one of these little 200cc ‘gins and if the power is packed it must be quite a dense proposition in the watch-like internals. There ain’t much room! Unless you can miniaturize the little ponies hidden in there. Quite a snappy checked smock our friend is parading: and a bobble hat to top it off. The heavy submariners sweater on the behelmeted  gal says she’s up for a spin next…

The phone box sits quite Tardis-like in the background. I think the illustrator wanted something man-made amongst the autumnal backdrop. Once again gotta love that brushed ink work!

June 9, 2015

Zestful Performance

 Another period advertisement for the Cub: it’s like a promotion from Madmen: suit, pipe and brylcreem. Modern high street shopper behind are a mere swish of the artists ink brush, the ‘Baby Bonnie’ looks splendid as its shown off by the gauntlet’d owner. Only one hundred and forty four pounds and fifteen shilling! 


June 8, 2015

Fabulous Little Fourstroke

you Can Affird!


Triumph Cub is the little ride and was a popular little scoot-about back in the Fifties. It looks like a cosy mode two-up. “Honey, get your own ride!”.

May 20, 2015



Liquid Engineering: gears, bearings, axles, bushings, pistons, pushrods, chains, sprockets, moving around, up, down, spinning. All to get the engine’s power to the wheel. Lubrication from oil and grease. Castrol was the fluid to use back in the day. Even for winners.


May 19, 2015


Back in the day the doughty Cub could keep up with the best of ’em and go on to win many a trial competition. The riders liked them, they galloped over the observed courses and their popularity amongst the public as a daily rider to scoot to and from work. Wooded hillside with rubble stream bed needed in Illinois soon… 

May 17, 2015

Emerald eyes are smiling


The Triumph Cub reached an important hurdle today and we leapt it with style. Fenders (mudguards) attached with relative ease, the front with nice tight clearance that a trials should have, and the rear trimmed down item giving a suitable tail to the proceedings. The tank and seat are just placed on for rough setup but achieve a classic balance to the project. 

Lookin’ like a real bike!

May 16, 2015

Robin Hood 


I went to pick up my tank and fenders today. One is one, two is two, green grow the rushes oh! Can’t wait to get ’em back on the Cub. Sherwood trails here we come; as long as I don’t have to wear tights!  

April 27, 2015

Eat Your Greens

A British Racing Green color scheme looks like the way to go… Silver mudguards, blackened frame and a verdant tank.  

It fits with the grassy slopes the tires grip to ascend and descend…   

Golden logo glimmers in the sunlight…


Some go for the white fenders. Here this leading link fork has a Greeves air to the proceedings.


Green frame a little too much. 

This older fixed frame is a nice balance.

April 26, 2015



Starting to consider a color scheme for the Cub. This one is looking good. Classic red topped tank, silver mudguards and black elsewhere. 

April 25, 2015

Cub Update

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen this little fella on the blog. Some crucial body parts have been hard to come by. However I have both fenders, a short period trials seat, a clean tank. Looks nearly roadworthy! Exhaust pipe on the list next then the all important ignition set up – the pulse itself.  


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.


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