The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 211
1970 Triumph TR6R Motorcycle

Selling on Saturday

1970 Triumph TR6R Motorcycle


• Classic British good looks
• Great paint and trim throughout
• One of the best-selling Triumphs ever
• The last year of British bike dominance

649cc OHV vertical twin engine, 49 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, front hydraulic dampened telescopic forks, rear swing arm with Girling dampeners; wheelbase: 54.5

The 1969 Triumph lineup had its work cut out for it. It seemed like the Triumph Tigers and Bonnevilles were getting faster every year, but new arrivals from Japan like the 1969 Honda 750 Four and the Kawasaki 500 Triple were even faster. The merry men at Meriden found a few more horses hiding in the venerable vertical twin yet again, raising the HP to 49. These were the Golden Years for the Triumph Bonneville and Triumph motorcycles in general, and one of the last years they would be considered a world-class performance motorcycle. When compared to the increasingly technologically-superior, better built, and cheaper bikes from Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki, the Triumph Bonneville would soon look outdated and outclassed, but in 1969, a 650 Tiger was still king of the hill. The end was near, but no one knew it yet, and collectors have long acknowledged that these 1969 Triumphs really are the final pinnacle of performance and collectability from Triumph.

No one can deny the classic good looks of the single-carb Tiger, known as the T120R, and this example is just as sharp as any weve seen. The two-tone paint, classic emblems, and rubber knee pads are all in excellent shape, with a like-new vinyl saddle and sharp chrome accents. There are no scuffs or marks in the twin pipes or engine cases at all, and this Triumph certainly looks to have been very well-cared-for right from new. Its a great looking bike with a reputation for reliability and performance.

The bars, grips, and gauges are all in great shape, and the chrome headlamp and tail lamps look like new. With very sharp painted surfaces and quality chrome, this bike looks ready for any trip or motorcycle event you might have in mind. Every motorcycle enthusiast should own a big twin British Triumph at some point, and today, this beauty will be selling to a new and excited home here in Corpus Christi.

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