- West Palm Beach, FL
- 1 week
For sale is my ex-military triumph trw 500cc side valve twin. I became fascinated with these motorcycles the first time i had laid eyes on one for the first time nearly 3 years ago. I it was one that belong to my dear friend, and after much begging him pleading, i was able to convince him to sell it to me. With that bike, my antique military motorcycle collection began... And so did my love for the trw. I began extensive research on the trw's, and have always had a special place in my heart for them. I was able to compare mine against example in the barber motorsports museum, and promised myself that if i ever found another one to add to that my collection, i would. Other trw collectors and i began to network, which is when i bought this wonderful example from a canadian gentleman who had made his way down from canada with his trw. He and i were able to build a wonderful relationship off of that sale, and actually led me to meet other military motorcycle collectors, whom of which i later purchased more ww2 military bikes from. We’ve no idea, but we reckon that there are hundreds rather than thousands, and certainly the trw register created by burton bike bits is, at the time of writing, boasting around fifty machines. The trw was never sold new to the public. It was for forces and other governmental use only. But machines were later sold off secondhand—and were all but given away in the early days. If i did not have a second trw here, with significantly more sentimental value attached to it, i would not be selling this out of my collection. This bike has great patina, and looks to be mostly original. The paint seems to be an early repaint, or paint that was restored back in that time period. This is a genuine numbers-matching trw. All gears interchange smoothly and the brakes work extremely well (these were far more than adequate in the day) everything feels nice and tight mechanically, and completely electrically sound. There is a slow weep of oil from the oil tank, what appears to be along the seam. My hope is that it will go to another owner who will be able to appreciate it as much as i have. -see the video for this bike in action!