1981 Triumph Tiger Trail 750

Highlights


  • Only 6 miles from new
  • Very rare
  • Lovely original condition
 

The Appeal


Manufactured in 1981 and 1982 only, few Triumph Tiger Trails were ever made, with estimates ranging from a total of 150 to 200 units in all. Designed to compete in the competitive early ‘80s adventure motorcycle market, the plucky Triumph Tiger Trail beat the R80GS BMWs to win the 750 class at the 1981 Rallye des Pyrénées.

This 1981 750cc example has covered a mere 6 miles from new, only having only been UK road registered since 2021. Presented in beautiful original condition, this rare motorcycle is without doubt a coveted collectors item.

The History and Paperwork


  • Original handbook and sales leaflet
  • Triumph Owners Club Dating Certificate
  • Small collection of contemporary magazine articles
  • Registered in 2021
  • 6 miles from new
  • Historic road tax / MOT status

After registration in October last year it had new tyres, battery, plugs and full service so is ready to go



The Condition

 
  • Original and unrestored
  • Sunburst Yellow
 
Having covered so few miles, this bike could almost be considered as new old stock. Carefully stored indoors over the years, the Sunburst Yellow Paintwork and matching plastic components remain in excellent overall condition.
 
The vendor has pointed out that there is some slight fading to the plastic front mudguard in places and there is a small blemish on the left-hand side panel. Besides these rather insignificant defects, there is no damage of wear to report - after all, it has only ever covered 6 miles!
 
The wheels are in excellent shape and the off-road tyres have a good level of tread remaining.

The Mechanics 


  • Still needs running in
  • 750 cc
  • Lowered gearing
  • Electronic ignition
  • Marzocchi suspension

Aimed at adventure riding in adverse conditions, the Tiger Trail was given electronic ignition, lowered gearing and Marzocchi suspension. 

The vendor informs us that this bike starts, runs and rides well, with no smoke or leaks. With just six miles on the clock, the next owner will need to run the bike in if indeed they wish to ride it.



Summary


Rare, interesting and low mileage - surely the holy trinity when it comes to collecting classic vehicles? 
 
This Triumph really does tick all the boxes and would be equally at home in a museum and the middle of the desert.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1981
  • Make Triumph
  • Model Tiger Trail
  • Colour Yellow
  • Odometer 6 Miles
  • Engine size 750
  • Town Bury St edmunds
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Suffolk
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
8 bids from 4 bidders
  • ge•••• £12,250 19/08/22
  • Wa•••• £12,000 19/08/22
  • Do•••• £9,500 15/08/22
  • ge•••• £9,200 14/08/22
  • Wa•••• £9,000 13/08/22
  • HA•••• £7,000 13/08/22
  • Do•••• £6,500 13/08/22
  • Wa•••• £5,000 12/08/22

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