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1956 Triumph TRW 500

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1956 Triumph TRW 500

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During the Second World War, the British Military learned a lot of hard lessons regarding motorcycle durability, handling, and servicing - often due to the less-than-skilled operators and technicians on the war front. This created a new set of standards which paved way for the next generation of Triumph motorcycles.

Among the military’s post-war demands were silenced motors that were undetectable past a half-mile range, or the ability to ford up to 15-inches of water. The Ministry of Supply specifically requested bids for a “side-valved, 500cc twin capable of better-than 70mph and 80mpg at 30mph, with a dry weight of less than 300-pounds and highly effective brakes.”

Thus, Triumph began production of the TRW 500 in 1948, although the military could afford very few of them, with other branches purchasing most of the machines built. Being very well received, this exact model was built all the way through 1964 with an eventual 15,939 units released - the vast majority being exported out of the U.K.

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