Triumph Model H Motorcycle

Made:
1917 in Coventry

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Triumph Model H motor cycle, 1917, with lamp, horn and pump.

Designed by Maurice Schulte of Triumph and first introduced in 1915, it is considered by many as the first ‘modern’ motorcycle and earned the nicknamed ‘Trusty Triumph’.

It has several special features that made it ‘trusty’, such as the Triumph patented semi-automatic carburettor, Triumph patented spring forks, and handlebar control of chain-driven high-tension magneto to supply the ignition spark.

Due to the Model H’s reputation, approximately 30,000 of the bikes were supplied to the allied forces in World War I, 20,000 of those to UK forces.

Details

Category:
Road Transport
Object Number:
1938-541
Materials:
leather, metal (unknown) and rubber (unidentified)
type:
motor cycles and motor cycles and
credit:
Triumph Engineering Co. Ltd.