Trend setter

Edward Turner’s first triumph of style over substance: the 5T twin uses the single’s chassis, which was hard-pushed already by the performance of the Tiger 90…

CRITICS OF THE Speed Twin justifiably argue that it is the most over-rated motorcycle in the world.

Certainly, there are other bikes built in the 1930s that surpass it for speed, sophistication or build quality. Yet the Triumph Speed Twin is one of the most important motorcycles ever produced.


Almost on its own, the 5T took Triumph from bankruptcy to being one of the most important motorcycle manufacturers in the world. Its stunning success dictated the shape of British bike development for the following three decades.

In the late 1930s, the market leaders were predominantly sporting singles. A high-performance single is still a wonderful animal for the hard-core, sporting rider, and there were some excellent bikes available.

Read more in June’s edition of CBG

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