The first Triumph prototype was developed by a standard Triumph bicycle with an engine from the Belgian manufacturer Minerva.

Collector Dick Shepherd unearthed the first Triumph motorcycle ever built

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Collector Dick Shepherd unearthed the first Triumph motorcycle ever built

An old-fashioned Triumph collector discovered the first prototype motorcycle made by Triumph in 1901, just before Triumph started its official sales in 1902. Dick Shepherd, an old-fashioned triumph collector, discovered this motorcycle by accident and restored it to its former glory. The 1901 Prototype machine was even unveiled on Motorcycle Live in Birmingham this year and will be displayed in the special exhibition for the 120th anniversary of the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience. The 1901 Prototype will launch on December 14, 2021 and will ride in public for the first time in more than 100 years.

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The first Triumph 1901 prototype was developed to stimulate public in Triumph motorcycles and measure its demand.

When talking about the discovery and unique history behind the prototype, Dick Shepard said: “A collector’s friend found a collector’s friend who had recently passed away to evaluate an old Triumph, and I was very excited to find them The bikes shown are “unique details that did not appear on the first Triumphs produced.” In addition to the bicycle, the collector also received a letter from Triumph, dated 1937, which outlines the unique origin of the bicycle and provides key details. “

“Since the engine number is consistent with the reference in the engine record of Minerva’s first Triumph battle in 1901, the historical significance of this motorcycle becomes very clear.”

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“As a lifelong fanatic fan of the history and achievements of this incredible British brand, being able to discover this amazing survivor and restore it to its glorious state when it was first exhibited in 1901 has given me tremendous help and satisfaction. “

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The 1901 Prototype is developed from a standard Triumph bicycle, and its engine comes from the Belgian manufacturer Minerva


For a long time, there have been rumors that the 1901 Prototype existed and was cited in advertisements and reviews that appeared in 1901. It was developed from a standard Triumph bike, equipped with an engine from the Belgian manufacturer Minerva, to arouse and gauge public demand for Triumph motorcycles.

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